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About Northern Community Legal Centre

The Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC) is a dynamic not-for-profit community legal centre which operates in one of the fastest growing areas of Melbourne and has a significant catchment including the Merri-bek, Hume and Mitchell Shire Local Government Areas. NCLC ensures services accessible to all the community by providing legal advice, education, and referrals. However, NCLC recognizes that there are members of our community who suffer serious disadvantage and has prioritized marginalized people who have the least resources and ability to access legal assistance including newly arrived and refugees; survivors/victims of family violence, young people, people with mental ill health, and have aligned our service delivery accordingly.


About Our Practical Legal Training (PTL) Placement Program

NCLC’s Practical Legal Training (PLT) Placement Program will offer participants with real time practical experience in an innovative and values driven community legal centre. Placement participants will engage in work with NCLC Legal Team members including: intake support services, data collection, legal research and drafting, and shadowing practitioners.


About the Eligibility Criteria


Participants must be undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, or another Practical Legal Training program approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board.


NCLC will consider the broad range of experience that applicants’ have including but not limited to:


  • Knowledge of the legal system and specific areas of law


  • Strong communication skills


  • Adequate plain English writing skills


  • Understanding of community development and community participation principles


  • Commitment to social justice principles


  • Previous volunteer experience with NCLC and demonstrated commitment to NCLC’s mission, aims and objectives, and strategic goals


About the Recruitment Process


To register your interest in engaging in the PLT Placement Program with the Centre:



  • Applications will be retained for approximately six (6) months


  • If a PLT placement opportunity arises, shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with NCLC


  • Successful applicants will be notified of induction details


For further information regarding our Practical Legal Training Placement Program, please contact us on (03) 9310 4376 or by email at

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