By volunteering with Women’s Legal Service WA you have the opportunity to make a huge difference to our work.
Volunteers enable us to provide legal services to more women and increase our capacity to contribute and drive policy and law reform for issues affecting women. Volunteers also ensure the quality of our services is kept up to date and relevant.
Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from first year law students and law graduates undertaking their Practical Legal Training, through to retired lawyers and professionals from non-legal backgrounds.
The nature of our work is varied, so the work volunteers do depends on specific projects that occur. The type of work our volunteers undertake includes:
- Legal research on client matters
- Assisting on client files –this may include meeting clients with a lawyer and assisting to prepare court documents and work on files
- Attending court with a lawyer in a non-legal support capacity
- Assisting with research and drafting law reform submissions
- Scanning and uploading documents to our client database
- Drafting and formatting legal information materials for our website or for use in community legal education sessions
- Assisting with administrative and operational tasks (non-legal). This may include data entry, filing and typing or other tasks regarding higher skill levels such as policy and procedure development and help with funding submissions.
Our Principal Legal Officer or another senior lawyer with delegated responsibility supervises all volunteer work. The type of work you carry out may depend on your individual skill set, experience and expertise.
The Senior Executive Officer supervises all non-legal work.
To ensure your work is properly supervised, we limit the number of volunteers we take at any one time. All volunteers are offered volunteer agreements for a fixed period (for law students it is usually the term of each semester) as we recognise that volunteers have other commitments and responsibilities.
Legal Clinic volunteers
Only with the assistance of volunteer solicitors can we run our specialised low-cost Legal Clinic. Our dedicated volunteers gift their time to this service, providing one-off advice, information and referral for women in relation to family law property matters.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you want to volunteer with us. Our Principal Legal Officer will be in touch to discuss any potential opportunities.