Please note that due to the many changes brought on by the spread of COVID-19, the dates for the Graduate Program have been amended to the following: Monday 13 July - Interviews for graduate positions commence; Friday 14 August - Offers for graduate positions can be made; Friday 21 August - Offers for graduate positions must be accepted or declined by 5:00pm.



RACS PLT Program


The responsibilities undertaken as a practical legal trainee include research, drafting statements, observing and assisting with client appointments, accompanying lawyers to client meetings and DIBP interviews and various other administrative and legal tasks. You will receive on-the-job training and supervision.

These positions are unpaid.

You will have had previous volunteer experience and be able to demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect people seeking asylum, and a capacity to problem-solve.

You will have administrative and organisational experience, and have the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour.

In return, RACS offers:

  • a vibrant and supportive working environment,
  • an induction program,
  • the opportunity to participate in any RACS’ training courses, and
  • a range of experiences in a community legal service. 


You must be enrolled in, or about to enrol in, College of Law. It would be preferable if you are available to work a minimum of 3 or 4 days per week. We have a required minimum of 60 days commitment. 

To apply, please email a cover letter setting out your interest in working at RACS by addressing the above criteria and your CV to Reeve Koelmeyer at with subject “Practical Legal Trainee Application”. Please include your availability and state when you are available to start. Please also note in your application if you speak a second language. For more information please phone (02) 8317 6500.