How to volunteer


All volunteer enquiries should be directed to the Volunteer Co-ordinator, by either telephone, post or email. Please forward your resume and/or Volunteer Application Form in the first instance.

Students

We only have capacity to supervise a limited number of students and we have a waiting list for student volunteer placements. We give preference to students residing in our catchment area of Stonnington, Bayside and Port Phillip, and who are in their penultimate or final year of their degree.

Practical Legal Trainees will also need to produce a copy of their academic transcript, documenting the successful completion of their law degree.

Lawyers

The Service is also fortunate in taking enquiries from lawyers and other people with diverse skills, including administration. Whilst the waiting list for lawyers is much shorter than for students, the Service may not have a suitable position immediately available for a lawyer when they contact us.

Whilst most of our volunteer lawyers participate in one of our three weekly evening advice sessions, there is a limited capacity to take on some business hours volunteer lawyers.

The Legal Service is also committed to recruiting lawyers with varying amounts of experience, from entry level lawyers to Accredited Specialists.
Lawyers need to be admitted to practise, with a current practising certificate. Documentation will need to be produced. Admitted lawyers without a current PC will need to obtain a free CLC Practising Certificate once they are recruited as a SKLS Volunteer Lawyer.

Other skills

The Service is also fortunate in taking enquiries from lawyers and other people with diverse skills; including administration, paralegal work, policy, law reform, community education and research skills.

When We Recruit

Recruiting is currently conducted when a specific need for additional volunteers is identified. For example, we recruit a family lawyer when we require a new or additional family lawyer. Generally, we recruit volunteers one at a time. However, it is not unusual for the Service to recruit a number of students simultaneously.
Law Students are often recruited in small groups, as the need arises and at least 3-4 times a year.

Application Form

If you want to apply to become a volunteer at St Kilda Legal Service, please download, complete and return our Volunteer Application Form to:

Anthea Teakle
Volunteer & Night Service Co-ordinator
St. Kilda Legal Service Co-op. Ltd.
anthea@skls.org.au
161 Chapel Street
St. Kilda Vic 3182

Ph Direct: 8598 6613
Ph Office: 9534 0777
Fax: 9525 5704