Volunteering at Circle Green

Volunteer

Circle Green relies on volunteers to help deliver our services. 

We regularly recruit volunteers who have a demonstrated interest in social justice issues and are able to make a regular commitment.

Our volunteers range from law students and graduates to lawyers and other non-legal professionals. Volunteers are supervised by our team of experienced specialists, including solicitors.

Volunteers are a fundamental part of the services we provide and we are grateful for their commitment and dedication. 

I highly recommend volunteering at Circle Green because it helps you gain practical skills and is a great opportunity to make heaps of mates.
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Legal volunteers

We regularly recruit student and graduate law volunteers.

What’s involved

Volunteering may involve a variety of tasks, including:

  • Assisting with client intake and interview over the telephone;
  • Arranging appropriate assistance for eligible clients by way of the telephone, or in-house solicitor appointments;
  • Referring clients to specialist legal, government and community services, as appropriate;
  • Undertaking research and drafting materials in relation to a wide range of employment or tenancy law issues;
  • Assisting solicitors with client appointments; and
  • Assisting solicitors, staff and volunteers with other duties as required.

 

Selection criteria

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to commit to one day per week for a period of at least 6 months;
  • Be skilled in written and verbal communication, including being able to effectively communicate with solicitors and vulnerable clients;
  • Have good time management skills with the ability to complete quality written work within tight timeframes;
  • Be organised with good attention to details;
  • Have good computer skills (including quick word processing skills) and;
  • Have strong legal research skills

 

How to apply

Please complete the below form, attach a cover letter (addressing the above selection criteria), your resume, and your academic transcript, and submit the form.

 

Other volunteering opportunities

Non-legal volunteers

Circle Green sometimes recruits non-legal volunteers for specific project work.

We offer volunteer roles in:

  • Communications
  • Marketing and events
  • Social media
  • Digital design and IT
  • Office and administrative assistance
  • Program support
  • Research

 

Keep an eye on our social media pages for posted non-legal volunteer opportunities.

 

Volunteer Lawyers

We welcome unrestricted legal practitioners with substantial employment law experience who wish to volunteer their time and knowledge through our workplace law Evening Legal Service (ELS).

The Evening Legal Service is a free in-person (or over the telephone) appointment with a lawyer which is made available to particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged clients.

The Evening Legal Service operates every Tuesday evening from 6pm – 8pm, except on public holidays and during the Christmas/New Year period.

The legal issues covered in these appointments vary. They can include interpreting and advising on employment contracts, preparing clients to represent themselves at conciliation conferences, and drafting court documents and correspondence.

We receive very positive feedback from our pro bono lawyers about their experiences with the Evening Legal Service and many members of the legal profession have been long term supporters in enabling ELC to provide the service.