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Student volunteering opportunities - Family Law

Monash Legal Centre - Clayton operates a Family Law "Advice Only" Clinic on Monday and Tuesday nights. It is staffed by volunteer solicitors and Monash University students who are required to attend once fortnightly.

The Monday and Tuesday Night Family Law Clinic involves issues relating to divorce, children and intervention orders.Students will be responsible for interviewing clients, conducting research, developing practical legal skills, consulting with supervising lawyers and advising clients. Volunteers will be rostered on a fortnightly basis for a minimum 6 month commitment. The service begins at 6:00pm and concludes at approximately 8:30pm.

Your Commitment 

Volunteer students are expected to attend Clinic once per fortnight for 6 months and participate in Orientation. The Night Service begins at 6.00pm and concludes at approximately 8.30pm. Clients are seen by prior appointment only at 6:15pm and 7:15pm.

Session structure

A night session is comprised of:

  • Supervising solicitor
  • A permanent Staff member
  • 3 volunteer mentors (senior students with prior experience in volunteering at MLCC/SMLS)
  • 4 volunteer mentees (1st to 3rd year Monash law students or JD students in their first 6 trimesters)

What you can expect

Volunteers conduct client interviews (usually 1-2 a night), take instructions, under take legal research, and provide advice to clients after consultation with the Supervisor. All volunteers have the opportunity to request additional training/assistance from both mentors/supervisors. All volunteers undertake administrative/legal secretarial duties when rostered.

What we expect

  • An interest in family law
  • A passion and dedication to the law and legal issues within the community legal service context
  • Analytical strength/problem solving abilities
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, and client-service
  • Sensitivity to, and the ability to deal with, diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to empower clients to take ownership and, as far as possible, resolve problems independently
  • Knowledge of, and support for, the mission of MOLS.
  • A commitment to one session a fortnight for a period of six months. (Be aware that sessions may extend past 8:30pm)

*NB. Prior volunteering or relevant work experience is not essential. Further, failure to attend any session as a mentee will result in immediate termination.

Student volunteering opportunities - General

Monash Legal Centre - Clayton operates a Generalist ‘Advice Only’ Clinic on Wednesday nights. It is staffed by volunteer solicitors and Monash University students who are required to attend once fortnightly.

Our practice areas are varied and include criminal law, motor vehicle accidents, debt, neighbourhood disputes and social security problems. We are unable to assist with matters including conveyancing, immigration matters, commercial matters, administration and probate of estates, town planning, defamation, work cover or wills.

Your Commitment 

Volunteer students are expected to attend once a fortnight for 6 months and participate in regular training sessions. The Night Service begins at 6.00pm and concludes at approximately 8.30pm. Clients are seen by prior appointment only at 6:15pm and 7:15pm.

Session structure

A night session is comprised of:

  • Supervising Solicitor/barrister
  • A permanent staff member
  • 5 volunteer mentors (senior students with prior experience in volunteering at MOLS/SMLS)
  • 6 volunteer mentees (1st to 3rd year Monash law students or JD students in their first 6 trimesters)

What you can expect

Volunteers conduct client interviews (usually 1-2 a night), take instructions, under take legal research, and provide advice to clients after consultation with the Supervisor. All volunteers have the opportunity to request additional training/assistance from both mentors/supervisors. All volunteers undertake administrative/legal secretarial duties when rostered.

What we expect

  • A passion and dedication to the law and legal issues within the community legal service context
  • Analytical strength/problem solving abilities
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, and client-service
  • Sensitivity to, and the ability to deal with, diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to empower clients to take ownership and, as far as possible, resolve problems independently
  • Knowledge of, and support for, the mission of Monash Legal Centre - Clayton.
  • A commitment to one session a fortnight for a period of six months. (Be aware that sessions may extend past 8:30pm)

*NB. Prior volunteering or relevant work experience is not essential. Further, failure to attend any session as a mentee will result in immediate termination.