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We provide free legal advice for women in Western Australia.

Volunteer

By volunteering with us 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.

By volunteering with us, students and those completing their practical legal placement, are given one on one training and mentoring by our senior lawyers and importantly gain relevant “on the ground” practical experience.

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and are at a range of stages in their careers, such as law students, law graduates undertaking their Practical Legal Training, restricted practitioners, retired lawyers and professionals from non-legal backgrounds.

Work of Legal Volunteers

The nature of our work is varied, so the work volunteers do depends on specific projects that occur. The type of work our volunteers may 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 and assisting with follow up tasks;
  • assisting with research and drafting of law reform submissions;
  • drafting and formatting legal information materials for our website or for use in community legal education sessions;
  • providing administrative support to our volunteer solicitors during the Family Law (Property) Legal Clinic; and
  • assisting with administrative and operational tasks (non-legal). This may include data entry, scanning and uploading documents to our client database, filing and typing.

Rural, Regional and Remote Telephone Service

This service will commence in the new year and will provide vital support to disadvantaged and geographically isolated women across Western Australia. Our telephone service will operate each Tuesday and Thursday morning between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon.

You will be supervised by the Principal Legal Officer or one of our Senior Lawyers. Volunteers will assist our lawyers to draft file notes and letters of advice to clients, assist in the development of client resources and provide general administrative support to our lawyers.

Family Law (Property) Legal Clinic Volunteers

Only with the assistance of volunteer lawyers 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.

The Legal Clinic is generously staffed by volunteer lawyers from private practice.

Non-Legal Volunteers

For those with a non-legal background wishing to volunteer, we offer volunteer roles in the following areas:

  • administrative assistance;
  • policy development;
  • research;
  • marketing; and
  • social media.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please check what current volunteer opportunities we have available or email us with your resume or general query.

You can also fill out and submit the form below.

Our Principal Legal Officer will then be in touch to discuss any potential opportunities.

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