Pro Bono Solicitor


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Sydney, Australia



The role


The DLA Piper team operates globally across more than 40 counties, but we're still locally connected. That's because trusting and collaborative relationships with our clients and each other are at the heart of our success. Giving you the platform to progress in a culture where you are empowered to make a meaningful impact. 

A unique opportunity is available for a lawyer to join our Australian Pro Bono Team. DLA Piper’s Pro Bono Team values lived experience expertise and aims to centre the voices of rightsholders. The role will provide you with great responsibility and personal satisfaction. It also presents a rewarding opportunity for you to make a significant impact in the community. 


In your role, you will work closely with the manager of the Australian Pro Bono Practice to evaluate, allocate and monitor pro bono referrals, ensuring the delivery of high-quality service to all pro bono clients. You will assist with developing and implementing Australian pro bono projects, whilst building and maintaining strong relationships with pro bono clients and collaborators.

You will work on various pro bono matters using your legal skills; legal research, report drafting, submission writing, litigation, legal advice and legal education. You will be a firm representative at relevant events and conferences to promote the importance of pro bono and social justice.


We know talent is more than what's written on paper. It's the energy you bring and the way you work with your team. 

To make a significant impact in this role the ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1-2 years post qualification experience and someone who can demonstrate having a lived experience of being a refugee, stateless person or a forcibly displaced person. The role will be based in Sydney or Melbourne; however, the firm is open to remote arrangements from Brisbane or Perth.

To be considered for this role we are asking all candidates to submit a one page cover letter addressing their lived experience of being a refugee, stateless person or a forcibly displaced person and why they are interested in joining the firm for this unique opportunity. 

If you are interested and fit the criteria for the above role and are ready to take the next step in your career, we want to hear from you. To be considered for this role please follow the prompts and submit your application including a resume and cover letter. 


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work. 

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.