Volunteer Solicitors

Volunteer Solicitors bring specialist expertise in areas of the law in which they practice to support the generalist legal service provided by MNCCLC solicitors. Solicitors with current and practical experience in areas of law such as employment law, family law, elder law, and local court civil litigation provide valuable knowledge that a generalist solicitor working at the Centre might not have.

WHAT ROLE DO VOLUNTEER SOLICITORS PLAY AT MNCCLC

We don’t run a regular volunteer clinic at MNCCLC, but instead will talk with you about your availability, to work out what would suit both you and the Centre. This may be a regular afternoon, or something more intermittent.  Volunteer solicitors will get the opportunity to provide a valuable service for the community as well as learning about new areas of law they wouldn’t normally get experience in.

INSURANCE FOR VOLUNTEER SOLICITORS

Volunteer solicitors are insured by the Centre’s professional insurance for the work they do at the Centre. This scheme is unique to community legal centres but means that the Centre needs to comply with various administrative and checking requirements.

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR VOLUNTEERING AS A SOLICITOR?

MNCCLC does have some minimum requirements for volunteer solicitors. These are:

  • Solicitors must have a current practicing certificate
  • Solicitors must be practicing or have knowledge of a relevant area of law. This could include family law, employment law, elder law, or local court civil procedure amongst others.

Volunteer solicitors are expected to make a commitment that is reasonable given other demands on their time. MNCCLC recognises that occasionally private work or other commitments will prevent volunteers from maintaining their commitment, we simply ask that you let us know as early as possible so that we can book appointments accordingly.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying or just want to find out more,  please contact the Principal Solicitor on 6580 2111.

MNCCLC supports EEO principles and encourages people living with a disability and people from diverse cultural backgrounds to apply. If you require some adjustment to the workplace please contact the coordinator on 6580 2111 to discuss what can be done.

As part of your application, please let us know if there is anything that we should know about you that may cause an issue to arise under the Legal Profession Act 1987. For instance, if you have a criminal record section 48K of the act may require us to seek approval for you to volunteer. It may be an offence to seek work in a legal practice without the necessary approvals, even as a volunteer.