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					                            An active approach to studying law:
                            opportunities for ANU Law Students
Contents                                                              ‘Sometimes I’m not sure why I’m studying
                                                                      law. Sometimes I’m quite lonely – there is a
Why an active approach? ...................................1          lot of time being one person in very large
Law students as conduits to legal help ...............2               groups. I think I need more interaction,
Opportunities for voluntary legal work.................6              more variation and more things to help me
Other opportunities to volunteer..........................8           stay motivated’.
Paid law related or other relevant work...............8
For LLB course credit..........................................9   No time?
Concurrent enrolment in the GDLP...................10                 ‘I work to get myself through Uni and I don’t
                                                                      have spare time to be doing extra things.
                                                                      Sometimes I don’t even feel like a law
Why an active approach?                                               student because I’m racing to get to lectures
                                                                      and I don’t know a lot of people. I can’t see
Don’t know why you’re studying law?                                   any connection between the paid work I do
   ‘I fell into the law degree. I got the marks                       and the law i.e. my employment is to pay
   and I figured I’d choose something at the top                      the bills and it doesn’t have anything to do
   of the range. I don’t know what I want to                          with preparing for the future’.
   do. I don’t know if I want to be a lawyer or
   what kind of lawyer I want to be. I don’t                       Helping family and friends?
   really know what kind of work lawyers do, or                       ‘Now I’m studying law my family and friends
   whether I’d even like it.’                                         keep asking me legal questions assuming I
                                                                      can advise them. I know I can’t advise until I
Studying law to secure your future?                                   have a legal practicing certificate but it’s
   ‘I chose law because I want a good career                          embarrassing and I don’t know what to say’.
   and a secure future. People with legal skills,
   whether working as lawyers or not, have                         Some reasons to take an active approach to
   good incomes. Law is a safe option and it                       studying law:
   has status’.
                                                                      •   Build your knowledge and skills
Studying law to make a difference?                                    •   Try out different things
   ‘I chose law because I want to make a                              •   Provide a context for your law study
   difference. The law connects to everything.                        •   Prepare for your future
   I feel angry when I see injustice or that                          •   Be useful!
   things aren’t as good as they could be. I
   want to use my knowledge and skills to                          Some ways to make it happen:
   make a difference’.
                                                                      •   Look for opportunities
Being the best you can?                                               •   Choose things to be involved in
   ‘I want to do the best I can regardless of the                     •   Plan to do different things over the
   area of law I go into, or whether I even                               course of your degree
   continue with law as a career. I enjoy                             •   Connect the knowledge and skills you
   studying but sometimes I’m not sure if I’m                             develop in other contexts to preparing
   making any progress’.                                                  yourself (easily done e.g. if you are
                                                                          working in hospitality, being on a
Losing your way?                                                          committee, providing support to
                                                                          friends)


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Law students as conduits to
        legal help
Roles that law students can play:                        appointments in areas of law in which they
• Know what legal services are available in the          have expertise
   ACT and elsewhere                                  • CLC’s provide ongoing legal help in their
• Give information about available legal                 specialist area of law / for their target
   services                                              groups, eligibility criteria apply
• Help assemble information about the                 • The National Association of Community Legal
   problem                                               Centres (NACLC) web site includes a
• If appropriate, offer to accompany the                 directory of CLC’s around Australia and
   person to the lawyer / service                        contacts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
                                                         Islander Legal Services and Family Violence
                                                         Prevention Legal Services:
What legal help is available?                         W: http://www.naclc.org.au

Private lawyers
•  Look in the Yellow Pages under ‘Solicitors’ –      Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal
   note which provide initial advice for free         Services (ATSILS)
• Phone the Law Society for the State or              • There are ATSILS in each State and
   Territory – ask for the names of firms                Territory, most have branch offices
   practicing in a particular location or area of     • ATSILS provide free legal help to Aboriginal
   law                                                   and Torres Strait Islander people. The main
• Check the relevant Law Society web site.               focus is representation in relation to
   Use the Law Council of Australia web site for         criminal charges but ATSILS also provide
   links to its constituent bodies:                      advice in other areas of law.
W: http://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/links.html            • Contacts are in the NACLC services directory
                                                         and on the Commonwealth Attorney-
                                                         General’s web site:
Free legal help and legal aid                         W: http://www.naclc.org.au
Legal Aid Commissions (LACs)                          W: http://www.ag.gov.au/
• There are eight LACs in Australia – one for
   each State and Territory. All have branch
   offices                                            Family Violence Prevention Legal Services
• All LACs provide free initial legal advice and      (FVPLS)
   referral by telephone and by face to face          • There are almost 30 FVPLS that provide legal
   appointment                                           help to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
• LACs provide free duty lawyer help at some             people
   Courts                                             • Most have very large service areas e.g. one
• LACs grant legal aid for ongoing legal help            service based in Cairns aims to provide help
   but eligibility criteria apply                        to Cape York
• Look in the White Pages under ‘Legal Aid’ or        • Contacts are in the NACLC services directory
   use the National Legal Aid web site which             and on the Commonwealth Attorney-
   includes a directory of LACs and their                General’s web site:
   regional offices.                                  W: http://www.naclc.org.au
   W: http://www.nla.aust.net.au/                     W: http://www.ag.gov.au/

Community Legal Centres                               Pro bono and public interest
• There are over 200 CLCs in Australia. Many          • Many law firms provide free assistance to
   specialise in particular areas of law and/or          some clients on an informal, selective and
   focus on particular groups.                           unadvertised basis
• All CLC’s provide free initial legal advice and     • Most very big firms have formal Pro Bono
   referral by telephone and face to face                Programs (check the web site for the firm)
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•  In the ACT and some States, Pro Bono               http://www.lawsocact.asn.au/content/public2
   Schemes operate to provide a channel to            /public2.asp
   match pro bono applications with lawyers
   willing to help for free                           ANUSA / PARSA Legal Service
• Check the web site for the Law Society in           Provides free legal advice to ANU
   the State or Territory for local information       students. Open Wednesdays and Friday all day.
• Check the National Pro Bono Legal Resource          T: 02 6125 2444 (for appointments)
   Centre web site for information:                   T: 02 6125 6720 (Wed & Fri only)
W: http://www.nationalprobono.org.au                  E: sa.legal@anu.edu.au
                                                      Location: ANU Students' Association Offices in
                                                      Building 17
Referral list of non profit legal                     W:
services in the ACT Region                            http://sa.anu.edu.au/index.php?module=conte
                                                      nt&contentID=113
Free legal aid services in the ACT
ACT Legal Aid publishes a pamphlet about free         Consumer Law Centre of the ACT
legal aid services in the ACT. Contact ACT            A free, independent, Community Legal Centre
Legal Aid for a copy.                                 providing legal assistance and advice to low to
                                                      moderate income consumers, primarily in the
Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)                    areas of consumer credit, telecommunications
An Indigenous organisation providing legal            and utilities, as well as general fair trading and
advice, duty lawyer assistance, representation        consumer protection. The Centre also works
and referral for Aboriginal and Torres Strait         towards improving legal protection for
Islander people. The Canberra office is in the        consumers, and raising awareness and
Central South Eastern Zone. Other branch              understanding of consumers' rights in the ACT.
offices in this zone are in Nowra and Moruya          Appointments are made through duty
T: 02 6249 8488                                       information worker. Phone the number below
Location: ground floor Fijitsu House, 7-9 Moore       between 9am to 12 noon Monday to Friday.
Street, Civic                                         T: 02 6257 1788
                                                      Location: Shop 16, 1st Floor, Waldorf
ACT Legal Aid                                         Apartments 2 Akuna Street, Civic
Free services include: legal advice by                W: http://www.carefcs.org
telephone and appointment, criminal and
traffic duty lawyer services (adult and young         Disability Discrimination Legal Service (ACT)
people), Domestic Violence Legal Help Service         A free legal service providing legal advice and
at the ACT Magistrates Court; grants of aid for       assistance to people who have been
representation subject to eligibility in criminal,    discriminated against on the basis of a
family law and civil matters.                         disability. Telephone advice and intake by
T: 02 6243 3411 (general number)                      telephone on Tuesday 9.30 - 1 pm and
T: 1300 653 314 (telephone advice)                    Thursday 2.30-4.30pm
Location: 4 Mort Street in Civic and PA               T: 02 6247 2018
Chambers 18 Corinna St Woden                          Provided by Welfare Rights and Legal Centre
W: http://www.legalaid.canberra.net.au                Location: Havelock House, cnr of Northbourne
                                                      Ave and Gould St, Turner
ACT Law Society Lunch Time Legal                      W: http://www.welfarerightsact.org.au
Advice Bureau
Solicitors willing to contribute their time are       Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT)
rostered to provide free 15 minutes legal             A Community Legal Centre advising on
advice appointments weekdays between                  environmental and planning law with the aim
12.30pm to 2.00pm.                                    to assist and increase public awareness of
T: 02 6247 5700                                       environmental laws and remedies. The service
Location: Level 3, 11 London Circuit, Civic           offers free telephone advice on environmental
W:                                                    law questions. Appointments with the EDO

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solicitor are also available.                         line.
T: 02 6247 9420                                       T: 02 6257 4499 or toll free: 1800 634 669
Location: Level 1, Public Trustee House               W: http://www.womenslegalact.org/
4 Mort Street, Civic
W: http://www.edo.org.au/edoact                       Youth Law Centre ACT
                                                      A free legal service for young people aged 12-
Night Time Legal Advice Service                       25 years. Provides legal advice and referral by
Provides free advice in most areas of law. Open       phone, email and in person. Open 1-5pm
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, as a phone or drop-        weekdays.
in service. The service is run with the               T: 02 6262 7077
assistance of volunteer solicitors and law            E: contact@youthlawact.org.au
students from the Canberra community.                 Location: Level 1, Savings House, 8-10 Petrie
T: 02 6247 2177                                       Plaza, Civic ( above Medicare)
Provided by Welfare Rights and Legal Centre           W: http://www.youthlawact.org.au
Location: Havelock House, cnr of Northbourne
Ave and Gould St, Turner                              ACT Pro Bono Clearinghouse
W: http://www.welfarerightsact.org.au                 Receives applications for pro bono assistance
                                                      from individuals and organisations who are not
Tenants’ Advice Service ACT                           eligible for legal aid. Where pro bono assistance
The Tenants’ Advice Service ACT (TAS) is              is approved, the Clearinghouse refers to the
provided by the Tenants Union Act. TAS                client to a lawyer willing to assist on a pro bono
provides free legal advice for people renting in      basis. To request pro bono assistance use the
the ACT (private, public community housing or         application form on the web site below.
other accommodation types such as boarding            T: 02 6247 5700
houses and student accommodation). See the            Location: ACT Pro Bono Clearinghouse c/-ACT
tenancy tip sheets on the web site. Telephone         Law Society, Level 1, Public Trustee House
advice Monday to Friday 9.30 to 1 pm.                 4 Mort Street, Civic
T: 02 6247 2011                                       W:
Location: Havelock House, cnr of Northbourne          http://www.lawsocact.asn.au/content/public2/
Ave and Gould St, Turner                              public2.asp
W: http://www.tenantsact.org.au/
                                                      Other key agencies in the ACT
Welfare Rights Legal and Legal Centre
A Community Legal Centre providing free legal
                                                      Region
advice and assistance in social security,             ACT Human Rights Office
residential tenancy and public housing.               ACT Human Rights Office (HRO) promotes
Telephone advice line operates Monday to              human rights by administering the
Friday 9:30am – 1pm, and on Monday                    Discrimination Act 1991 and being involved in
afternoons from 2 – 4pm.                              administering the ACT Human Rights Act.
T: 02 6247 2177 T: 1800 445 665
Location: Havelock House, cnr of Northbourne          The ACT Human Rights and Discrimination
Ave and Gould St, Turner                              Commissioner is responsible for handling
W: http://www.welfarerightsact.org.au                 complaints of discrimination, sexual
                                                      harassment, vilification and victimisation under
Women's Legal Service ACT & Region                    the ACT Discrimination Act 1991. The HRO web
A Community Legal Centre provided by women            site includes information about making a
providing free legal advice, referrals and            complaint. A person who is thinking of making a
information for women who are having                  complaint can phone or email the HRO for
problems with laws and the legal system.              information.
Free telephone advice Monday to Friday 9.30           T: 02 6207 0576 TTY: 02 6207 0525
am to 12.00 noon. Intake for face-to-face             E: human.rights@act.gov.au
advice, including fortnightly Tuesday evening         Location: 12th Floor, 14 Moore St, Civic
appointments, is done via the telephone advice

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W: http://www.hro.act.gov.au                          The ACT Ombudsman can investigate
                                                      complaints about the actions and decisions of
                                                      ACT departments and authorities to see if they
Conflict Resolution Service
                                                      are wrong, unjust, unlawful, discriminatory or
The Conflict Resolution Service (CRS) is a non-
                                                      unfair. This includes problems with: parking;
profit community organisation providing
                                                      public housing; debt recovery; dog control;
dispute advice, mediation, community
                                                      building licenses and inspections; motor vehicle
education and training to assist in managing
                                                      registry; contract/tender disputes with ACT
conflict within the wider ACT community.
                                                      Government agencies; public transport;
                                                      planning, electricity or water supply; and Legal
The CRS can help resolve disputes. The service        Aid. The Ombudsman also seeks remedies for
is confidential, impartial, easy to use and           those affected by administration deficiencies,
mediation is free in most cases. The service is       and acts to improve public administration
suitable for multi-party disputes such as             generally.
workplace disagreements, issues facing young
people, neigbourhood, family, commercial and          The ACT Ombudsman can also investigate
small business. The service is accessible to          complaints about the Australian Federal Police
those individuals with disabilities and from non-     (AFP) in its ACT community policing role,
English speaking backgrounds.                         complaints concerning requests under the
T: 02 6162 4050 for Dispute Advice, Referral and      Freedom of Information Act 1989 and will
Mediation                                             accept complaints from “whistleblowers”
E: mediation@crs.org.au                               concerning issues of public interest.
Location: Tenancy 8, Level 3, Griffin Centre,
                                                      Complaints to the ACT Ombudsman can be made
Genge St, Civic
                                                      in writing, by phone, in person or using the form
W: http://www.crs.org.au/
                                                      on the web site. The Ombudsman’s services are
                                                      free.
Essential Services Consumer Council                   T: 02 6276 0111
The ESCC, established by the ACT Utilities Act        E: ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.au
2000, can help with dispute resolution about          Location: Level 6, 1 Farrell Place, Civic
utilities (electricity, gas, water and sewerage)      W: http://www.ombudsman.act.gov.au/
and where a person can’t pay for utility services
because of substantial hardship. The ESCC
receives complaints and hardship applications         Commonwealth Ombudsman
from consumers, can adjudicate and advises the        The Commonwealth Ombudsman can
Minister about systemic issues for consumers          investigate complaints about the administrative
about utilities and other issues relating to its      actions and decisions of Australian Government
role.                                                 agencies to see if they are wrong, unjust,
                                                      unlawful or discriminatory. This includes
Utility providers have to notify the customer         Centrelink, the Child Support Agency,
about their rights to apply to the ESCC before        Medicare, the Australian Federal Police and
moving to disconnect a utility for non-payment        Freedom of Information complaints. The
of an account.                                        Commonwealth Ombudsman is also the Defence
T: 02 6207 7740                                       Force Ombudsman, the Immigration
E: escc@act.gov.au                                    Ombudsman, the Postal Industry Ombudsman
Location: Level 6, Eclipse House,                     and the Taxation Ombudsman.
197 London Circuit. Civic
                                                      The Ombudsman is independent and impartial,
ACT Ombudsman                                         and works to improve public administration
The ACT Ombudsman’s office is co-located with         generally.
the Commonwealth Ombudsman and one person
holds the positions of Commonwealth and ACT           Complaints to the Commonwealth Ombudsman
Ombudsman.                                            can be made in writing, by phone, in person or
                                                      using the form on the web site. The
                                                      Ombudsman’s services are free.
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T: 1300 362 072 (free call)                           Customer Service Guarantee and industry Codes
E: ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.au                         of Practice.
Location: Level 6, 1 Farrell Place, Civic             T: 1800 062 058 (free call)
W: http://www.ombudsman.gov.au                        E: tio@tio.com.au
                                                      W: http://www.tio.com.au
Industry-sponsored Ombudsman schemes

These are industry-sponsored self regulatory           Opportunities for voluntary
schemes which handle complaints for services
such as banking, telecommunications, health                   legal work
insurance, and superannuation, e.g.:
                                                      Student pro-bono is where students (without
Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman – for        payment, reward or academic credit) provide or
complaints by individuals and small businesses        help provide services that enhance assess to
about a bank or non-bank member or affiliates         justice for:
e.g. unauthorised transactions,
maladministration in granting credit, incorrect       •   low income and disadvantaged people or
or excessive bank fees.                               •   for non-profit organisations that work for
T: 1300 78 08 08 (free call)                              disadvantaged or marginalised, or that work
W: http://www.abio.org.au                                 for the public good.
Credit Ombudsman Service – for complaints by          Some non-profit legal services accept motivated
consumers regarding disputes with COS                 volunteers.
members operating in the credit marketplace
(mainly relates to mortgages) e.g. breach of
law, breach of a recognised Code of Practice,         Opportunities in the ACT
                                                      [Current: October 2006]
breach of standards of good practice, or unfair
treatment.
T: 1300 78 08 08                                      ANU Student Association Legal Service
E: info@creditombudsman.com.au                        The ANUSA Legal Officer, Don Malcolmson, is
W: http://www.creditombudsman.com.au                  assisted by later year ANU law students with
                                                      legal research, preparing material to answer
                                                      common legal questions, and promoting the
                                                      service.
Private Health Insurance Ombudsman – for              E: LSSCareers@anu.edu.au (ANU LSS Community
complaints about private health insurance or a        Legal Service Representatives)
related matter e.g. complaints about a private        W:
health fund, a broker, a hospital, a medical          http://sa.anu.edu.au/index.php?module=conte
practitioner, a dentist or other practitioners        nt&contentID=113
(as long as the complaint relates to private
health insurance).                                    Environmental Defender's Office
T: 1800 640 695 (free call)                           Volunteers may be able to provide research
E: info@phio.org.au                                   assistance, including assistance with developing
W: http://www.phio.org.au/                            community education materials, as well as
                                                      answer the phones and undertake other
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman – for           administrative tasks. Volunteers must be able to
complaints by residential consumers and small         commit to one afternoon a week for at least a
businesses about provision or supply of their         month, and would preferably have studied
telephone or internet services. This includes the     environmental law, administrative law or
standard of telephone service; credit                 litigation.
management; provision of phone or internet            T: 02 6247 9420
services; pay-phones; delays in telephone             E: edoact@edo.org.au briefly outlining your
connections; privacy and breaches of the              relevant skills and experience and attaching a
                                                      CV.
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W: http://www.edo.org.au/edoact/                      volunteer, the Centre sends them a volunteer
                                                      registration form to complete and return.
Tenants’ Union ACT                                    W: http://www.womenslegalact.org/
The Tenants’ Union ACT manages the Tenants’           Contact: for more information,
Advice Service which provides advice and              E: coordinator@womenslegalact.org
assistance for tenants in private and public
rental housing in the ACT. There is an                Youth Law Centre ACT
opportunity for students to be involved in work       The Youth Law Centre ACT relies on ANU law
relating to the Tenants’ Union Management             student volunteers to provide para-legal support
Committee. Work on the committee includes             during periods when the Clinical Youth Law
attendance at monthly meetings, as well as            Program is not operating i.e. each year in the
proposing and following up on projects related        break between the end of semester 1 and the
to tenancy issues                                     start of semester 2 and the end of semester 2
E: Deb_Pippen@clc.net.au expressing your              and the start of semester 1.
interest.
W: http://www.tenantsact.org.au                       To be eligible to volunteer you must have
                                                      completed at least 4 law subjects. Past clinical
Legal Aid Office (ACT)                                students or students who have relevant
ACT Legal Aid works with law students in a            experience at a legal service are also welcome.
range of ways, including through the ANU              Volunteers normally work one afternoon a week
Clinical Programs and the Law Internship              from 1pm-5pm and gain experience in legal
Program. Outside these programs, there is very        office work practices, working with young
limited capacity to supervise volunteers looking      clients, legal writing, legal research and youth
for experience in legal research or case work.        justice issues.
However, people interested in social justice
issues and community liaison work may be              To register your interest in volunteering
interested in volunteering through the                T: 02 6262 7077
Community Legal Education Program. Students           E: Coord.Assistant@youthlawact.org.au
should check the Legal Aid Office (ACT) website       W: http://www.youthlawact.org.au
for information about volunteering.
T: 02 6243 3411                                       UNHCR Regional Office in Canberra
W: http://www.legalaid.canberra.net.au
                                                      UNHCR internships with the Legal Protection
                                                      Unit involves legal and policy work relating to
Welfare Rights Night Time Legal Service               the legal protection of refugees and others of
This service is provided every Tuesday night          concern to the office in the South Pacific
from 6-8pm by volunteer solicitors and law            region and globally. Internships are full-time
students. The service offers one off advice and       voluntary positions with 4 intakes a year.
referral in all areas of law with a special focus     T: 02 6120 1100
on advice to employees about their rights.            E: aulca@unhcr.org
Volunteers must participate in an induction           W: http://www.unhcr.org.au/interns.shtml
session and a waiting list applies.
E: wrlc@netspeed.com.au
W:http://www.welfarerightsact.org.au/categor          Opportunities around Australia
y.php?id=5
                                                      Native Title Internship Program
Women's Legal Centre ACT & Region                     This internship introduces students to career
The Women’s Legal Centre gives advice and             opportunities in native title and Indigenous
assistance in family, employment and                  affairs, and primarily provides assistance to
discrimination law, and information and               under resourced and over-worked Native Title
referrals in all other areas of law. Volunteers       Representative Body (NTRB) lawyers. There are
start by doing 2 hours a week administrative          two intakes for interns: during the summer and
work and may progress to legal research and           winter university breaks. Summer internships
case assistance. If a student wishes to

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run for 6 weeks but longer placements of up to        National Legal Aid
6 months may be available.                            This website includes a directory of Legal Aid
                                                      Commissions and their regional offices around
Internships are with NTRBs and other Indigenous       Australia. If seeking to volunteer follow the
organisations located around Australia.               routine suggested above re CLC’s.
Locations of organisations that have                  W: http://www.nla.aust.net.au/
participated in the Program include:
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome,            National Pro Bono Resource Centre
Bundaberg, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin,                  More information for law students in relation to
Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Mackay, Melbourne,             pro bono:
Perth, Port Hedland, Sydney, Thursday Island.         W:
                                                      http://www.nationalprobono.org.au/resources
Students must: have a strong academic record;         %20for%20students/index.html
a basic understanding of native title
law; commit for the period of the internship and
be willing to travel. For more information on
the Program, and to apply visit the web sites
                                                           Other opportunities to
below.                                                           volunteer
In some circumstances ANU students may be
able to obtain course credit for NTRB                 Volunteering ACT
internships i.e. as a Law Internship if the           W: http://www.volunteeract.com.au/
internship is primarily research based and the
time frames fit or, if primarily legal practice       Volunteering Australia
based, then via concurrent enrolment in the           W: http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/
Graduate Diploma of Legal Workshop (see the
information about LLB Course Credit and               Indigenous Community Volunteers
Concurrent Enrolment in the GDLP below).              W: http://www.icv.com.au/

W:                                                    Youth Ambassadors for Development
http://www.auroraproject.com.au/interns.htm           Short term assignments for 18-30 years olds in
W:                                                    developing countries.
http://law.anu.edu.au/scripts/StaffDetails.asp?       W: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/youtham/
StaffID=15&Row=3&Col=1
T: Jennifer Clarke, ANU College of Law 02
61254653 or E: clarkej@law.anu.edu.au                    Paid law related or other
National Association of Community Legal                        relevant work
Centres
The NACLC website includes a directory of             Summer Clerkships
Community Legal Centres and other non-profit          Many major local and interstate law firms and the
legal services around Australia.                      Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department
W: http://www.naclc.org.au/                           participate in the Summer Clerkship Scheme to
                                                      recruit law students for employment over the
Also see the Community Legal Centre Volunteers        summer break.
web site:                                             W:
W: http://www.clcvolunteers.net.au/                   http://law.anu.edu.au/Undergraduate/Careers.a
                                                      sp
If seeking to volunteer make it easy for the
service by sending a short CV and indicate your       Local law firms
availability.                                         Some law students work as rounds clerks (collect
                                                      mail / file court documents) secretaries, and
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about these jobs. You can also contact the ACT
Law Society to ask for information or to include      For information about training programs,
your details in ‘looking for work’ in the Law         Certificate IV in Community Mediation or to
Society Newsletter.                                   register interest in becoming a mediator with
W: http://www.icv.com.au/                             CRS, contact the CRS Training & Professional
                                                      Standards Officer.
                                                      T: 02 6162 4050 (general switchboard)
Conflict Resolution Service                           E: training@crs.org.au
The Conflict Resolution Service periodically          W: http://www.crs.org.au/
offers a Certificate IV in Community Mediation.
A person who has completed an appropriate
training course can be registered as a mediator
under the ACT Mediation Act by an approved
                                                      Careers help
agency such as CRS. Once registered the               ANU Law Students’ Society Careers Information
mediator can seek employment with mediation           W: http://law.anu.edu.au/lss/careers.htm
agencies. This usually involves a specific
assessment and selection process to ensure that
the applicant suits the agency. In CRS’ case,
                                                      ANU Careers Centre
when there are vacancies on its mediation panel       W: http://www.anu.edu.au/careers/
applicants can seek one of those places.



                                                      http://law.anu.edu.au/Undergraduate/youthpr
       For LLB course credit                          og.asp

                                                      The Community Law Clinical Program is run at
Did you know….                                        the Welfare Rights and Legal Service, and is a
                                                      12 unit course requiring students to work two
Through ANU College of Law clinical                   days a week onsite. Students gain first hand
programs law students are helping to                  experience in dealing with clients and assist
                                                      directly with files. To enrol, students must have
 provide free legal help to almost                    completed 48 units of law courses, including
1000 people a year in the ACT.                        Property and Administrative law.
                                                      W:
And that is the tip of the iceberg because ANU        http://law.anu.edu.au/Undergraduate/Commun
law students also contribute as volunteers in         ityClinical.asp
ACT non-profit legal services and in many other
ways.                                                 Law Internship

Clinical Law Programs                                 ANU Law Internship Program enables students
‘Clinical’ programs involve students engaging         to undertake an internship in government
with real clients, real legal problems and real       departments, law firms, parliament, non-
deadlines.                                            government organisations and members of the
                                                      Faculty. Students must be in their last or
The Clinical Youth Law Program is run at the          second last year of their law degree and have a
Youth Law Centre ACT, a free legal advice and         credit average or better. Recent examples
referral centre for people aged between 12 and        include: Greenpeace, Environmental Defenders
25. This is a 6 unit course that enables students     Office (ACT), Legal Aid Commission (ACT),
to gain practical experience in dealing with          Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (New
clients and real-life legal issues. Students must     York).
have completed 48 units of law courses to enrol.      Also see the web site for Special Internship
W:                                                    opportunities with the National Europe Centre,
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the Centre for International and Public Law,          Students can choose to undertake this program
and the Australian Institute of Criminology.          as part of their legal practice experience
W:                                                    towards the GDLP. Students working in the
http://law.anu.edu.au/Undergraduate/Interns           program assist to provide free legal advice and
hip.asp                                               minor assistance. Student work is supervised by
                                                      solicitors working for the Legal Workshop.
                                                      During the program most students also
   Concurrent enrolment in                            accompany Legal Aid solicitors working in the
                                                      criminal duty list at the ACT Magistrates Court,
          the GDLP                                    the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Service, Family
                                                      Court / Federal Magistrates Court and the
                                                      Children’s Court.
To practice as a lawyer a person must have
completed (i) their LLB and (ii) practical legal      More information:
training that satisfies requirements for
admission to legal practice. The ANU Legal            ANU Legal Workshop:
Workshop provides Practical Legal Training            W: http://law.anu.edu.au/legalworkshop
(PLT) leading to the award of a Graduate
Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) which meets          Information about concurrent enrolment:
admission requirements.                               W:
                                                      http://law.anu.edu.au/legalworkshop/Prospecti
Law students who have completed the                   ve_Concurrent_Student.asp
equivalent of 12 x 6 unit courses of their LLB,
may be eligible to enrol concurrently in the          Legal Practice Experience Rules:
GDLP while completing their LLB. Students             W:
normally start the GDLP with the seven day            http://law.anu.edu.au/legalworkshop/Courses/
Skills for Practice intensive which is offered        Legal_Practice_Placement/Legal_Practice_Place
several times a year in Canberra and other            ment.asp
locations.
                                                      Legal Workshop contacts:
Students enrolled in the Legal Workshop can           Willy San Martin, Student Administrator
seek credit for qualifying legal practice             T: 02 6125 4463
placement.     Examples   include:   qualifying       E: SanmartinG@law.anu.edu.au or
summer clerkships, clinical programs and              Katrina Armstrong, Assistant Student
volunteer and paid work in legal practice.            Administrator
Where qualifying placement is undertaken              T: 02 6125 0458
before enrolling in the Legal Workshop up to          E: ArmstrongK@law.anu.edu.au
half of the placement may be counted.                 Location: The Legal Workshop is on the first
                                                      floor of the Law Building in the section closest
Supervised Internship Program (SIP)                   to Caterina’s.
SIP is a clinical program provided by the Legal
Workshop in partnership with ACT Legal Aid.




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