PLEA is recruiting!

Due to an increase in demand for programs we are once again recruiting volunteer presenters across most of our prisons. For the first time we will also be directly recruiting for senior presenters, an opportunity for more experienced law students to be fast tracked for a leadership position within PLEA.

Applications are now open, candidates that are available to interview on 12 August will be given preference in this recruitment round.

For more information and to apply click here.

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Announcing PLEA’s Criminal Law Insight Event

You are warmly invited to join us on 27 June for the PLEA Project Criminal Law Insight Event. The first of our Insight series, the evening presents an exciting opportunity for law students to join in a moderated and intimate discussion with a panel of esteemed criminal law professionals.

The event will allow students to explore some of the topics currently at the forefront of the criminal law jurisdiction and, through facilitated networking discussion, learn about requirements and pathways to a career in this exciting field. Learn more about the event here.

Tickets are strictly limited, book today to avoid missing out! 

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PLEA Anniversary Gala


Thank you to the 250 volunteers, alumni and supporters for who joined us for an amazing evening celebrating ten years of the PLEA Project!

To all our volunteers, thank you for your incredible work. If you’re interested in volunteering with PLEA we’d encourage you to learn more about the process and complete an application here. If you’re interested in potentially supporting the project in other ways, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Photos of the night are now available on our Facebook page.

We again extend our thanks to Monash University for their generous support of the event!

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PLEA Tenth Anniversary Gala

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2017 is a momentous year for PLEA as we celebrate an incredible ten years of operation. Over this time we’ve delivered legal education programs to thousands of incarcerated Victorians and helped launch the careers of hundreds of law students.

Since we first started with a handful of volunteers working their way into one men’s prison, we’ve expanded to an organisation of over 80 volunteers presenting programs, ranging from court readiness to migration law, in prisons across Melbourne and Geelong. PLEA now presents in 8 of Victoria’s 13 prisons.

All of this is certainly cause for a party and PLEA is delighted to invite to our Tenth Anniversary Gala Ball.

We are extremely excited to have on offer an amazing night including:

  •  3 course dinner
  • All-night drinks package
  • Live band and DJ
  • Key note presentation from prominent members of the legal community

All to be followed by an after party into the early hours.

Tickets are a steal at $75 for students and $120 for our supporters with all proceeds after costs going to support the ongoing work of our organisation.

Tickets are on sale now so start getting your table together and secure your place today!

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Summer Recruitment Round

We are excited to announce that we are recruiting volunteers across all of our programs. PLEA presenters have the unique opportunity to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our community, while developing their own practical legal skills.

Our volunteers are excellent communicators, dedicated law students and passionate about social justice. If you think you fit the bill, we’d encourage you to apply now.

Volunteers will have opportunities to undertake training over the summer break and we will be holding interviews as soon as 17 December, so we recommend applying early. For further information please visit our Volunteering Section or contact us.

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Trivia tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 PLEA Trivia Night. This annual event is an amazing chance for our volunteers and community of supporters to come together to celebrate our achievements for the year and raise some much needed funds to support the project.

Tickets are a bargain at $30 per seat or $270 for a table of ten. With all proceeds supporting PLEA’s valuable work!

All tickets include:
– Trivia with prizes
– Dinner
– Entertainment
– Cheap drinks

Buy your tickets today here! Find more information on our Facebook event

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2016 Trivia Night

PLEA is unbelievably excited to announce our annual celebration and trivia night on Saturday 10 December from 6:30pm. Featuring fantastic prizes, curly questions, our famous dinner and generous bar, we are sure the night will again be the highlight of your holiday season!

All proceeds from the event provide vital support to the project. Funds go to ensuring our presenters have quality resources, expanding to new prisons and keeping our lights on. So not only do you get an excellent night out, you’ll feel good the next morning!

Tickets go on sale this week, further information can be found on our Facebook page here. Start getting your team together now!

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Applications for PLEA’s Spring recruitment close Wednesday.

Applications for our Spring round of presenter recruitment close this Wednesday 17 August. PLEA offers unparalleled opportunities for law students across Melbourne and Geelong to develop their legal knowledge and presentation skills, all while making a contribution to assisting some of the most vulnerable members of the Victorian community.

If you are a current law student, have a keen interest in social justice, and can commit a few hours each week, we would love to hear from you. Interviews will be conducted in Melbourne and Geelong in the coming weeks.

Find more information and the application form here.

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Spring Recruitment Round now open

Applications are now open for PLEA’s spring recruitment round.

The PLEA Project offers exceptional opportunities for law students to put their education into practice and work with some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people. Volunteers develop a deep understanding of areas of criminal and civil law, expand their presentation skills, and have access to unparalleled professional development and networking opportunities.

We are looking for law students with a passion for social justice, demonstrated commitment and a willingness to grow within our organisation. While study of criminal, family and migration law is valued, all content training is provided and not a prerequisite for the role.

Applicants for the spring round must be available to interview on Saturday 20th August. Interviews will be conducted in Melbourne and Geelong. For further information and to apply click here.

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Youth Justice Forum a big success

We want to thank the over 180 attendees who joined us for our inaugural Youth Justice Forum on Wednesday. With a robust and fascinating panel discussion, we are very happy to declare the event a success.

Our next event is already in the works for September 2016 with a focus on hearing from young people and understanding their experiences. We certainly hope you will join us and we will be in contact with further information closer to the date. In the meantime we would love to keep in touch with you, you can follow us on Facebook and connect on LinkedIn.

You had a chance to hear from our amazing team of volunteer presenters and gain a bit on an insight into the fantastic work that they do. The support of members of the legal community is integral to what we do. If you are interested in offering support, such as reviewing presentation content or providing training on a new area of law, we would love to hear from you and invite you to contact our Project Manager. If you are a law student and would be interested in volunteering as a presenter, you can find more information on our volunteering page.

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