Volunteering

Volunteering at PILCH provides law students with an excellent opportunity to consolidate and expand their existing legal knowledge, enhance and augment their practical legal skills and witness how the law is practised in Victoria on a day to day basis. Volunteering at PILCH also offers participants an insight into the coordination of pro bono legal assistance by PILCH and the manner in which Community Legal Centres, PILCH member firms, barristers, universities, and corporate legal department members cooperate to promote the public interest and facilitate access to justice for marginalised Victorians.

Former volunteers speak warmly of their experiences at PILCH, and PILCH cultivates their continued involvement with public interest and pro bono work by inviting them to seminars, ensuring they receive PILCH publications and encouraging them to participate in PILCH's fundraising and social events.

Many former PILCH volunteers have gone on to contribute to PILCH through the pro bono practice of their employee law firms.

What volunteer opportunities are available?

PILCH has been an integral part of my development as a law student and lawyer from (almost) day one. PILCH provided an insight into both the private legal sector and the not-for-profit sector and introduced me to an inspiring group of energetic and passionate people working to improve access to justice for disadvantaged individuals and community organisations.
- Alice O'Connell, Pro Bono Coordinator, Middletons Lawyers