Volunteer with WLS NSW

WLS NSW offers opportunities for students and lawyers to volunteer.

Volunteering at WLS Evening Telephone Advice

Women’s Legal Service NSW (WLS) is seeking volunteer women lawyers to contribute to our free legal advice service for women in NSW.

WLS operates a free telephone advice service on Tuesday evenings. This service eases the current high levels of demand on our day-time services for advice and provides an alternative for women who cannot access our service during business hours.

Volunteer women lawyers provide telephone advice by appointment from a city-based location.  All volunteers are experienced lawyers and trained and supported by WLS to ensure a high quality service for clients and a positive experience for volunteer lawyers.

When?

  • Tuesday nights 6.00 – 8.00pm
  • Volunteers required from 5.45pm – 9.00pm
  • Commencing 7 February 2017.

How often?

Weekly, fortnightly or monthly – it’s up to volunteers to say how often they can commit (but not less often than monthly).

We ask volunteers to make a realistic assessment of how often they can volunteer since consistency and reliability is valuable. We also understand that work and life realities will mean you can’t always make it, so we will have a back-up list so you can swap.

Where?

Office of Collin Biggers & Paisley – Level 42 No 1 Park Street Sydney. Provided as part of CBP’s commitment to pro bono support for WLS.

Appointment times

Clients will be offered a call back any time between 6pm – 8pm.

Selection criteria for volunteer lawyers (evening advice service)

  • Hold a current practising certificate.
  • Post admission experience in family law and / or discrimination in employment.
  • Understanding of the gendered nature of violence against women and the nature, dynamics and impacts of domestic and family violence.
  • Understanding of social justice issues for women, particularly those experiencing economic, social and cultural disadvantage and lack of access to legal services.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to commit to Tuesday evenings 5.45-9.00pm at least once per month (please nominate weekly, fortnightly, monthly preference).
  • Names of 2 referees.

WLS considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for volunteer positions under s. 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Volunteer Induction

Volunteers are provided information in an induction seminar. No induction seminar is presently scheduled, but we invite you to express your interest in volunteering at any time.

Apply to volunteer

If you are a qualified woman lawyer interested in volunteering for the WLS evening advice service, please forward a copy of your resume and a brief statement (no more than one page in total) addressing the selection criteria to:

Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
reception@wlsnsw.org.au

Student volunteer placements with WLS NSW

WLS NSW offers opportunities for students to volunteer. Applicants will usually:

  • Be undertaking Practical Legal Training; or
  • Have completed at least two years of a law or other relevant qualification, or
  • Be undertaking a ‘practicing in the public interest’ or similar course.

If you wish to be considered for a volunteer placement at WLS NSW please apply in writing addressing the selection criteria (see below) and attaching your resume.

Selection criteria for Practical Legal Training placement

  1. Eligible to complete practical legal training.
  2. Willingness to commit to working a minimum  of two days per week for at least six months.
  3. Understanding of social justice issues for women, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and those experiencing economic, social and cultural disadvantage and lack of access to legal services.
  4. Understanding of cross cultural issues for women, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or family break down.
  5. Understanding of areas of law relevant to the work of Women’s Legal Service NSW, including domestic violence, sexual assault, family law and discrimination.
  6. High level oral and written communication skills.
  7. Ability to work in an electronic environment including the use of word processing, email and web browsing tools.

Applications can be addressed to:
Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Service NSW
reception@wlsnsw.org.au

Selection criteria for other applicants:

  1. Understanding of social justice issues for women, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and those experiencing economic, social and cultural disadvantage and lack of access to legal services.
  2. Understanding of cross cultural issues for women, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or family break down.
  3. Understanding of areas of law relevant to the work of Women’s Legal Service NSW, including domestic violence, sexual assault, family law and discrimination.
  4. High level oral and written communication skills.
  5. Ability to work in an electronic environment including the use of word processing, email and web browsing tools.

Please forward a copy of your resume to:

Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Service NSW
reception@wlsnsw.org.au

Thank you for your interest in Women’s Legal Service NSW.

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