Practical Legal Training Placements

PIAC is currently recruiting for two Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid but reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

PLTs are supervised by a Senior Solicitor within our strategic litigation team, and have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.

The major projects currently being undertaken by PIAC with a strong legal component include the generalist strategic litigation practice and the Indigenous Justice Program.

One of the PLTs recruited will work on all projects across the strategic litigation team. The other will work specifically on the Asylum Seekers Health Rights Project (ASHR). PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project seeks to ensure basic minimum standards for medical and mental health care for asylum seekers held in Australia’s immigration detention centres. Using a combination of strategic litigation and social justice advocacy, the project aims to create urgently needed systemic reform by seeking to have minimum standards for medical and mental health care provided for in law.

PIAC’s strategic litigation team conduct high impact strategic litigation that achieves positive outcomes for significant groups of disadvantaged people. We bring test cases that create important legal precedents that protect human rights and promote social justice for disadvantaged people.

The Volunteer PLT Placements will contribute to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information and advice service and with PIAC’s litigation and associated policy and law reform, training and administrative work.

We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we ask PLTs to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week, for a minimum of 60 days in total.

Please see the attached job description setting out the selection criteria for these positions. Your application should make clear whether you wish to be considered for the ASHR project, the general strategic litigation position, or both.

For further information about future recruitment of PLTs, please contact Senior Solicitor Julia Mansour by email on

Applications close: 11 May 2018

Placements commence: end of May 2018

PLTP Position Description


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