Practical Legal Training with MELS


Do you want to work with the new Migrant Employment Legal Service? Marrickville Legal Centre is looking for motivated PLT volunteers with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, who can volunteer part-time [3 days per week] for 75 days. Negotiation of days is possible for the right candidate.

Job type:      Practical Legal Training Volunteer

Level:            Graduate

Location:      Marrickville Legal Centre, 12-14 Seaview Street DULWICH HILL NSW 2203

Role and Context of the Position

Migrant Employment Legal Service (MELS) is a joint initiative by Inner City Legal Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre, Marrickville Legal Centre and Redfern Legal Centre addressing exploitation of migrant workers in NSW. Migrant workers face multi-faceted exploitation in an area of law where employment, migration, corporations, taxation and other laws intersect. Research indicates that 91% of migrant workers suffer wage theft in silence. Migrant workers do not speak out for reasons such as lack of knowledge on processes or fear of immigration consequences. Migrant Employment Legal Service assists migrants and temporary visa holders with employment law matters through free legal advice and representation, and actively engages with communities to provide information and education.

PLTs are supervised by a solicitor for the duration of their placement. After an orientation period, all PLTs undertake a broad range of information, referral, administrative, and legal work under supervision.

Position Expectations

All PLTs are expected to perform two main tasks: intake and paralegal work. Intake includes interviewing clients and taking initial instructions, performing conflict checks, making client appointments, and legal research.

See our Get Involved page for more information.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, details of two referees, your academic record, and a cover letter highlighting your commitment to social justice and the work of Community Legal Centres. Please address your applications to Vasili Maroulis at by Friday 8 November.