Studying law is not just about reading cases, attending lectures and overdosing on caffeine. Volunteering allows all that legal knowledge to be applied outside of an exam scenario. It is about jumping out of the ivory tertiary tower and making a splash in the real world below.
Many students don’t seem to realise that whether interested in corporate or the not-for-profit sector, practical experience is something all employers regard highly.
Firms that have Pro Bono or Corporate Responsibility programs will be looking for like-minded employees, and this is the best way to show that you are the perfect fit.
At UTS all volunteer hours go towards the Brennan program. Students are also able to work at community legal centres (CLCs) as volunteers or in PLT programs.
It is easy to lose that shiny first-year idealism under a pile of extremely expensive textbooks at some point during your legal education. Volunteering at a community legal centre or other community legal organisation helps put everything back into perspective. The legal profession comes with an essential element of service that should never be forgotten about!
For those wanting to get out of the country, or going on exchange, many positions exist for international voluntary programs. It is best to contact organisations you are interested in directly, or check out the Unpaid and Volunteer Opportunities Tab.
How to Volunteer
Looking for volunteer opportunities? Check out the Unpaid and Volunteer Opportunities Tab.
Also feel free to join our Legal and Social Justice Opportunities group on Facebook.