You will need to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course or, in some limited cases, articles of clerkship, to be admitted to practice in Australia. It is up to you to organise your 15 weeks of supervised work experience in an approved work placement, paid or voluntary. For the specific work experience requirements of a particular PLT provider either contact the provider or check their website.
- ANU Legal Workshop
- Bond University Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
- The College of Law
- Flinders University Law School
- Griffith University Legal Practice Centre
- The Law Society of South Australia
- Leo Cussen Centre for Law
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Tasmania
- University of Technology, Sydney
- University of Western Sydney GDLP Programme
- University of Wollongong Legal Practice Unit
You can undertake a PLT-approved work placement at a community legal centre or other NGO. This can even be overseas if that experience is undertaken in a common law jurisdiction.
You can approach an NGO or community legal centre to see if they will allow you to undertake the work experience component of your PLT there - some community legal centres even have their own programs. It is up to you, however, to check that they can fulfill the requirements. A full list of community legal centres can be found on the directory at the NACLC website or CLC Volunteers.
If you are in Victoria, the Victorian Federations of CLCs offers a graduate program that includes the payment of all PLT fees.
There are specific incentive schemes and internship programs for graduates who are willing to work in regional, rural or remote (‘RRR’) areas.
The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) has a program and accompanying website titled Practical Legal Training at Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Rural, Remote and Regional Australia.
Legal Aid in Western Australia has an incentive scheme and placement program for graduates who are willing to work in RRR areas called the WA Country Lawyers Program.
You can find videos, jobs and other information about what it's really like to work in RRR Australia by checking out RRRLaw, a website created by the Law Council of Australia. This site also features job advertisements.