Public Interest Law Careers Guide - volunteering and internships

Volunteering is a very important part of the legal profession. In the absence of adequate funding, many organisations depend on volunteers to help them meet the needs of their clients. Legal aid and community legal centres are a relatively recent development and pro bono work by lawyers has been and continues to be an important part of enabling access to justice for those who can't afford representation.

It widely expected that law students engage in some volunteer work. Volunteering by qualified lawyers is an important part of enabling Community Legal Centres to continue their work, often by supervising undergraduate volunteers.

But volunteering isn't just about having something to write on one's CV. Volunteering is a valuable way to gain experience and find out what fields of law interest you. And most of all, it is a way to help people who need your skills. Volunteer work can be deeply rewarding and bring meaning to your career in general. To learn more about pitching yourself as a volunteer to community legal centres click here.

Internships are another important way for students to help organisations while gaining valuable experience. The organisations listed below will help you start looking.



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