Practical Legal Training Placements

The Justice and Equity Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

The Centre is currently recruiting for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid, however reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

PLT placements are supervised by a Solicitor within either our strategic litigation team, our Homeless Persons’ Legal Service or our Towards Truth project team. PLT placements will have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.

The Centre undertakes work with a strong legal component in our strategic litigation practice, the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and the Towards Truth project team.

Our strategic litigation team conduct high impact strategic litigation that achieves positive outcomes for significant groups of disadvantaged people. We bring test cases that create important legal precedents and advocate for policy and law reform to protect human rights and promote social justice. Our current focus areas include: 

  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • First Nations Justice
  • Climate change and social justice
  • A fairer NDIS
  • Fair use of police powers and rights in detention
  • Asylum seeker rights 

Our Homeless Persons’ Legal Service protects the rights of people experiencing homelessness and helps reduce homelessness by tackling legal and systemic barriers that prevent people from accessing and maintaining appropriate, secure housing. 

Our Towards Truth team uses legal research and analysis to support First Nations truth-telling as called for by the Uluru Statement from the Heart. You can see more about Towards Truth by visiting our website – 

The Volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with litigation and associated policy, research and law reform, training and administrative work. 

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people living with a disability.


Your application should be no longer than five pages. An application should comprise:

  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria included in the position description
  • A current CV
  • A copy of your academic transcript

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected]Applications close Friday 5 July, with placements to commence in July 2024.

For further information about the recruitment of PLTs, please contact Mitchell Skipsey, Senior Solicitor, Strategic Litigation via [email protected].