Volunteer Legal Professionals

Thank you for your interest in assisting the Women’s Legal Centre. There are a number of ways you may be able to assist the Centre with its work.

How You Can Help

You may be able to help the Centre with its legal practice, undertaking policy work or community legal education activities. Following is information about these four methods of assisting the Centre.

  • Tuesday Evening Advice Service
  • Friday Morning Advice Service
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Divorce Clinic
  • Other Areas of Law
  • Law Reform
  • Community Legal Education

Tuesday Evening Advice Service

The Centre operates a Tuesday evening advice service. This service is undertaken by volunteer solicitors. Two volunteer solicitors attend the Centre each Tuesday evening and have two face to face appointments with clients.

These appointments are dealing with family law matters only. The first appointment is at 5.30pm and the second appointment is at 6.15pm, the evening usually ends at approximately 7.15pm. A conflict check is undertaken prior to the Tuesday evening appointments taking place.

To undertake this volunteer work it is a requirement of the Centre that solicitors have a current practicing certificate and be an experienced family law solicitor.

Unfortunately because of a lack of resources the Centre does not have the capacity to offer training and supervise solicitors therefore the Centre requires that solicitors are experienced family law practitioners.

Friday Morning Advice Service

The Friday morning advice service operates in the same manner as the Tuesday evening service. The Centre will organise appointments for clients to attend the Centre and obtain advice from a volunteer solicitor. Appointments are made for 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am. If you are unable to attend the Centre on a Tuesday evening this is another opportunity to assist the Centre by giving clients legal advice.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Divorce Clinic

In 2015, Women’s Legal Centre has launched a specialised divorce clinic to assist women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This work involves special challenges which face CALD clients.

Other Areas of Law

The WLC also undertakes work in other areas of law, employment, discrimination and victims of crime compensation. While family law is approximately 80% of the Centres work we appreciate assistance in these other areas from time to time. If you are experienced in one of these areas of law please give us a call and we can work out how you may be able to assist the Centre.

Law Reform

Each year the Centre undertakes a range of law reform activities. Generally these will be in the form of a written submission. Law reform activities are undertaken when the Centre is notified of a consultation process being undertaken on a legal issue which is relevant to the work of the Centre.

Law reform work is also undertaken when the Centre believes a law or legal process should be amended. The Centre may commence a consultation process to try and have the law or process changed.

This work is fairly ad-hoc but if you are interested in research and writing to improve the law or the way the law is dealt with then please let us know.

Community Legal Education

The Centre also undertakes community legal education activities. Each year the Centre presents information to community organisations about the law and the legal system. If you are interested in assisting the centre to deliver training to the community please let us know.

If you have further questions or believe you can help in one of the ways listed please email the Executive Director or phone the Centre on 6257 4377.