Want To Volunteer For Us?
We believe that the suffering and exploitation of animals in Australia happens because of cruel, inadequate and inconsistent laws.
Our team is committed to protecting animals and empowering their advocates to challenge the way that our legal system treats animals. We do this by bringing groundbreaking and strategic lawsuits.
At present, we are an entirely volunteer-run organisation. Our volunteer vacancies are listed below. As a volunteer-run organisation, we do not have a ‘staffed’ office from which you can work, so you will be required to undertake your role via email and telephone in your own home (although we love getting together over dinner a few times each year).
As a volunteer-run organisation, we depend more heavily on our volunteers than some other organisations might. We ask that you only apply for a vacancy if you are able to commit to and be available for a minimum of 12 months. For lawyers, as our focus is strategic litigation, our volunteer opportunities tend to be case based. What this means is that we generally are unable to offer a regular weekly or monthly volunteer opportunity and your involvement will be dependent on the litigation we have going at any time.
Please note that we are not able to offer work experience or placements.
We are currently looking to fill only the vacancies listed below and are not seeking applications for general volunteer opportunities at this time. Given that our first priority is protecting animals, as volunteers ourselves we will only process applications for positions that we are currently recruiting for.
Please be patient with us while we process your application.
Please be patient with us while we process your application ...
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ALI. We will advertise volunteer positions on this page as they arise. Applications for positions that we are currently not recruiting for will not be processed.
The Animal Law Institute is currently not seeking expressions of interest from lawyers. We will update this webpage once we are accepting expressions of interest.
Volunteer Lawyers must have a practising certificate in one Australian State or Territory (it does not have to be unrestricted) and will provide their services pro bono under ALI's professional indemnity insurance and be supervised by ALI's Principal Lawyer (you will not be operating under a firm's banner if you hold an employee practising certificate). Specific experience in one area including litigation is not required, however the Volunteer Lawyer must be passionate about animal welfare and willing to work as a team. ALI expects you to commit approximately 20–40 hours of pro bono assistance per year.
We are unable to currently accept applications from lawyers in South Australia, unless you hold an unrestricted practising certificate.