Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Federation of Community Legal Centres

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres

Stage of Career


Contact details

Address: Level 3, 225 Bourke St Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: 9652 1500
Visit the Federation of Community Legal Centres website
Contact person: Veronica Hopkins - Administration

Description of Organisation

The Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria is the peak body for 51 community legal centres across Victoria. The Federation leads and supports community legal centres to pursue social equity and challenge injustice.

The Federation:

  • provides information and referrals to people seeking legal assistance
  • initiates and resources law reform and policy work to develop a fairer legal system that better responds to the needs of the disadvantaged
  • works to build a stronger and more effective community legal sector
  • provides services and support to community legal centres
  • represents community legal centres with stakeholders

The Federation assists its diverse membership to collaborate for justice. Workers and volunteers throughout Victoria come together through working groups and other networks to exchange ideas and develop strategies to improve the effectiveness of their work

Number of legal positions within organisation

Twelve people in the office.

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)


What are you looking for in a graduate?

Motivated, enthusiastic and interpersonal skills

Qualifications/skills required

Studying law or have completed law

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Public interest law subjects

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Work in community legal centres or administration

How many graduates to you take a year?


How does one apply


Dates for application

No set date.

Do you require your applicants to be recent law graduates?  If so how recent?

No set time

Interview process

If they are looking for somebody they will request an interview after you have shown interest through an email.

How many law graduates do you employ outside your graduate program, and what sort of roles do they fill?

They sometimes (no set basis) take on students studying public interest law subjects at several universities.

Do you have a minimum Grade Point Average standard for an applicant’s academic record?


If there are any fails on a candidate’s academic record how will they affect the recruitment process?


What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

Only those listed above.

Contact person for volunteers: Veronica Hopkins

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