Public Interest Law Careers Guide - community legal centres

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are independent not-for-profit, community organisations providing free legal services to the public, particularly disadvantaged people and those with special needs. Many CLCs are generalist, and assist clients with a wide range of matters including, criminal law, consumer issues, tenancy issues, neighbourhood disputes, divorces and motor vehicle accidents. Others are specialist agencies focusing on issues such as family violence, disability, youth, employment etc. There are 51 legal centres in Victoria and 200 Australia-wide. CLCs also engage with local communities, offering education and developing strategies to empower those communities. CLCs also liaise with government and law enforcement, lobbying for law and policy reform.

Some CLCs provide volunteer opportunities and clinical legal education.

For a list comprehensive list of generalist CLCs in Victoria visit the Federation of Community Legal Centres website

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