Barwon Community Legal Service has an established volunteering program for law students that allows them to gain valuable legal experience in a variety of supervised roles.

The areas in which we engage volunteers include solicitor assistance, court duty, Night Service, Community Legal Education and general administration. Positions are dependent on availability and we prefer volunteers to remain with our service for at least 6 – 12 months.

BCLS has the capacity to support between 12 – 15 volunteer students at any one time and keeps prospective volunteer applications for up to six months from the initial time of contact.

Volunteers are subject to a current police check before commencing at BCLS. BCLS pays for this check to be undertaken.

If you are considering volunteering at BCLS you can learn more about what you can expect from the experience by reading Jack’s volunteer profile.  Jack started his time at BCLS as a Court Duty Admin, then became one of our Admin Temps on the front desk and also assists the private lawyer volunteers during our Night Service.

Deakin University Student Internship Program – In conjunction with Deakin University, BCLS also operates a Student Internship Program comprised of final year law students undertaking a credited unit that requires them to gain practical experience within a legal environment under the supervision of our Principal Lawyer. Students interact firsthand with in-house lawyers and clients, manage files and complete casework – all of which helps to prepare them for their future career, whether that be in the private or community-based sector. BCLS is allocated 3 – 4 students for this clinic during Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 of the academic year.

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