Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Taxi Driver Legal Service

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres

Stage of Career

Graduates, Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: Footscray Community Legal Centre, Level 1, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray 3011
Phone: 9689 8444
Visit the Footscray Community Legal Centre website
Contact person: Denis Nelthorpe
Email: denis.nelthorpe@iinet.net.au

Description of Organisation

The Taxi Driver night service is held once a fortnight. It is an initiative run through the Footscray Community Legal Centre. They may assist with motor vehicle/insurance matters and accreditation issues specifically for taxi drivers.

Number of legal positions within organisation

3 people, one day a week. Positions are voluntary unless otherwise employed by Footscray Community Legal Centre.

Information for graduates and practising lawyers

What sort of volunteer/work experience opportunities are available?

We ask volunteers to work at reception to get to know our client base, then ask them to work on files under supervision. There is also work as night service para legals and volunteer lawyers.

What are you looking for in a volunteer?

We seek lawyers who are passionate about justice and see CLC's as a vehicle to help low income, disadvantaged clients to navigate the legal system.

Volunteers need to work well with paid staff, other volunteers and community sector colleagues. They need to be reliable and punctual.

Also valuable are exceptional writing skills.

Qualifications/skills required

Usually a Law Degree but will consider other skills

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Tenancy and consumer law are helpful

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Other CLC's and work with refugees and newly arrived communities

How does one apply?

In writing

Dates for application:

Any time

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

No

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

No

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

Not Relevant

Contact person for volunteers: Carol McNair

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Experience in CLC, public interest or community sector organisations - interaction with refugee and newly arrived communities, NESB client groups

Advice for applicants

Tell your story - what do you personally have to offer - show that you have worked or volunteered with our type of clients.

Additional comments

Be brave not boring!

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