VU's Law students have helped many clients at the WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office.
Staffed by VU's third and fourth-year law students, the WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office (previously known as Sunshine Youth Legal Centre) provides disadvantaged and marginalised young people from Melbourne's west with free advice and referrals. It also gives VU Law students the hands-on experience with real cases they need to be job-ready.
Program supervisor Michael McKiterick says such clinical placements enable students to get a true understanding of the law and a competitive edge in the profession.
"To students in a lecture theatre, these are all abstract concepts, but this program helps put those concepts into context. This is an unparalleled opportunity for students to act as a lawyer; to run their own files, deal with clients and police, and make court appearances. Employers are looking for these types of differentiators."
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts graduate Gregory Buchhorn used the volunteer placement to help obtain a role with Victoria Legal Aid.
"My VU work placements at WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office and other community centres were invaluable," he says.
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