IARC welcomes volunteers who can help us to support vulnerable people navigate Australia’s immigration system. IARC has a number of ways that volunteers can assist at the Centre supporting our solicitors and registered migration agents with client work and with the broader activities.
Volunteer Legal Assistants: Student placements
Law students who have completed at least two years of a law degree, or combined law degree, are able to volunteer with IARC on a voluntary basis. Your primary role will be to provide administrative and paralegal assistance to IARC solicitors building your knowledge of immigration law and developing your skills in assisting vulnerable clients, working with interpreters, communicating with the public and file maintenance. You will be responsible for responding to initial enquiries from clients, scheduling appointments, providing information and referrals and other administrative tasks. Depending on your experience and interest, you may also become involved in assisting with research and project work.
All volunteer legal assistants must commit to working one day per week (normal office hours 9am to 5 pm) for at least six months. Training and supervision is provided. Selection criteria includes having previous volunteer experience and/or administrative/paralegal experience; good oral and written communication skills; a willingness to help where needed, to take initiative, and problem solve; and ability to juggle competing demands.
Expressions of interest
You can submit an expression of interest by completing our online form: https://iarc.asn.au/support-our-work/iarc-volunteering-opportunities/volunteers/.
There is no closing date for applications and applications will be assessed as they come in. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview. Please include your preferred day, when you are available to start, and let us know if you speak a second language.
Practical Legal Training placements
The College of Law Practical Legal Training Program satisfies the practical legal training requirements for direct admission to legal practice in New South Wales. In order to fulfill the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, enrolled College of Law PLT students can undertake their work experience component at IARC. The work experience occurs in the delivery of legal services and is supervised by an experienced legal practitioner who meets the requirements of the Work Experience rules of the College of Law. We ask that our PLT’s are able to work a minimum of three days a week and have at least 60 days of their 75 day placement to complete.
We recruit PLTs as required and positions are advertised on our website and on the College of Law website at http://www.collaw.edu.au/careers/.
You can also submit an expression of interest through our website https://iarc.asn.au/support-our-work/iarc-volunteering-opportunities/practical-legal-training-placements-plt/ and we will hold your details until our next recruiting round.
Read a testimonial from some of our recent PLT’s about the experience.