Solicitor/Senior Solicitor, Strategic Litigation

12 month contract

Be part of one of Australia’s leading public interest law practices.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a community legal centre that specialises in strategic litigation and systemic advocacy on social justice and human rights issues.

For over 35 years we have been tackling difficult issues that have a significant impact upon people experiencing disadvantage. We have a reputation for getting results and creating sustainable change.

PIAC is seeking an experienced solicitor/senior solicitor to conduct public interest litigation and contribute to our law reform and policy work. This is a challenging and rewarding position requiring a creative and energetic lawyer with

  • at least four years post-admission experience with an emphasis on litigation;
  • an understanding of how law can be used as part of a strategy to drive change; and
  • a demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice.

Inquiries should be directed to Camilla Pandolfini on 8898 6516 (Mon, Thurs, Fri) or Michelle Cohen on 02 8898 6535 (Tues, Weds, Thurs).

All applications must address the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded below.

Applications close: at 5pm on Monday 2 December 2019.

Senior solicitor position description

Practical Legal Training Placements

Please note: we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.
Our next recruitment will be in early 2020.

PIAC regularly has positions available for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid but reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

PLTs are supervised by a Senior Solicitor within our strategic litigation team, and have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.

The major projects currently being undertaken by PIAC with a strong legal component include the generalist strategic litigation practice and the Indigenous Justice Program.

PIAC’s strategic litigation team conduct high impact strategic litigation that achieves positive outcomes for significant groups of disadvantaged people. We bring test cases that create important legal precedents that protect human rights and promote social justice for disadvantaged people.

The Volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information and advice service and with PIAC’s litigation and associated policy and law reform, training and administrative work.

We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we ask PLTs to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week, for a minimum of 60 days in total.

We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply.

For further information about future recruitment of PLTs, please contact Senior Solicitor Mary Flanagan by email on


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