PLT Students

Practical Legal Training students – The CQCLC supports law students enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice wishing to undertake the work experience component of their degree within our office.

If you are interested in this position please forward your resume and covering letter to reception@cqclc.org.au

PLT Student Experience

I chose to study law as a mature age student after completing a long career with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australia’s diplomatic service. 

As I was living in Canberra at the time, I enrolled to undertake a Juris Doctor (JD) at the ANU. 

There were not a lot of options open to me for PLT at the completion of my JD.  I, therefore, applied for a rural placement under an ANU program.   I chose the CQCLC in order to gain experience in a Queensland jurisdiction, given it had always been my intention to relocate to Queensland after completing my legal studies.

The CQCLC proved to be an inspired choice.  Fay and the team in Rocky were very welcoming and gave me every chance to become involved in all aspects of the Centre’s work.  The mentoring I received, along with feedback and other guidance was first class.

No one day was the same.  I sat in on innumerable client interviews covering a wide spectrum of legal issues.  Domestic violence, applications to QCAT, AVOs and Labour, Family and Consumer Law were among the main fields of exposure.  The Centre’s procedures also highlighted the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest (anyone who has studied law will know that ethics are rammed down your throat from day one: the CQCLC experience was brilliant for witnessing ethical practice in the field).

Another area in which I did a significant amount of work was in affidavit drafting.  Apart from the obvious benefit to my legal skills, I found the experience unexpectedly beneficial in an immediately practical sense when it came to preparing for admission shortly after completing my PLT.  I was admitted to the ACT Supreme Court. But irrespective of the jurisdiction, there is always a lot of affidavit work involved in applying for admission.  Knowing what to do and how to do it was a big, big help in taking that final step to becoming a fully fledged lawyer.

In summary, the CQCLC experience was terrific, particularly in the scope of work they provided and the team environment in which it took place.  I would highly recommend it to anyone.