Law students

QPILCH services could not be provided without the assistance of student volunteers and student clinics, run in partnership with our university partners. We value their contribution and participation in QPILCH's progress and history.

Student clinics

Universities can partner with QPILCH in the provision of clinical legal education so that students are immersed in a not-for-profit organisation, exposed to real life cases, and receive guidance from experienced practitioners.

We consider clinical legal education a very positive way of increasing students' knowledge and skills and as a way to contribute to the future well-being of the profession in general, as well as providing effective services to the community.

Each clinic operates one day per week over the university semester. The clinics currently in operation, with support from Griffith and Bond Universities, QUT and the University of Queensland's Pro Bono Centre, include:

Student volunteers

QPILCH employs about 12 volunteer students each semester. There is an application process as we do not have enough seats to match demand. Volunteers are normally in the ultimate or penultimate year of studying law. We call for applications around week 12 of the preceding semester. If you would like to volunteer, check our website around that time.

Most student volunteers help QPILCH's Referral Services to assess applications for pro bono legal assistance. This can involve any area of civil law but not family or criminal law. We do not see clients in person but you will assess their legal case, draft advice, and probably speak to clients over the phone.

PLT placement opportunity in QPILCH's Referral Services

We currently have a placement opportunity for one full-time and one part-time PLT student with our Referral Services, commencing as soon as possible. For more information about the Referral Services please refer to our website.

If you are interested in doing your PLT placement with our Referral Services, please email your CV, academic transcript and a brief cover letter explaining why you would like to complete your PLT placement with QPILCH to referral.secondee@qpilch.org.au. PLT students are volunteers and we take new PLT students depending on capacity. We prioritise placing students who are able to commit to working at QPILCH for a minimum of 6 weeks. Applications close on 5 September 2014.

Student internships

Some universities offer an internship or practical placement course. If you would like to do an internship at QPILCH, speak to your course coordinator about whether your university offers such a course. We prefer that interns work one day per week for a semester.