Youth Law Centre

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WHO WE ARE

The Youth Law Centre (YLC) is Canberra’s free legal service dedicated to young people aged 12-25.

WHAT WE DO

The YLC operates as a walk-in centre in Canberra weekdays between 10am and 4pm.

We provide free and confidential legal advice in person, over the phone by appointment.

We provide assistance in many areas, including (but not limited to):

  • drink driving & drug driving
  • other minor criminal matters
  • employment (and apprenticeships)
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • contracts
  • residential tenancy
  • consumer and debt issues
  • traffic fines and other infringements
  • driver licensing in the ACT
  • discrimination
  • cyberbullying

If we are unable to assist, we are able to refer you to other services.

CONTACT US

To contact the YLC, please call (02) 6173 5410 or email contact@youthlawact.org.au for free legal help. 

VISIT US

Feel free to drop in at 2 Allsop Street Canberra City, noting YLC shares an entrance with Legal Aid ACT.

Upon arrival please report to reception.

LEGAL INFORMATION

We also have free legal information factsheets available online. Check out the Information and Education page.

Youth Law Matters is a legal guidebook for young people. It covers everything from pregnancy to police powers. Download Youth Law Matters here or by click on the Information and Education page. 

All of our factsheets are intended to be used as a guide only and not as legal advice. 

COMIC BOOK SERIES

The aim of these Comic Books is to help people to better understand the law on topics that most affect them in a short and easy to read format. 

Tenancy comic page 1 of 4
Tenancy comic - problems with my landlord (page 1 of 4). CLICK THIS LINK TO READ THE FULL COMIC.

VOLUNTEERING AS A PARALEGAL

During the ANU Semester, paralegals are primarily sourced from the ANU College of Law’s Clinical Youth Law Program, an elective course available to later year LLB students. For more information about the course, click here.

During holiday periods, ANU and UC law students assist as paralegals on a volunteer basis. To be eligible to volunteer at the YLC you must have completed at least eight courses of an LLB. ANU and UC law students will be sent an email in early May and late September regarding the application process.

Working at the YLC involves assisting in the day-to-day operation of the centre. You will perform tasks such as: preparing for and performing client interviews, briefing solicitors, researching legal issues, drafting litigation correspondence along with court and tribunal applications, undertaking conflict checks, answering phones and responding to e-mails. Students will work alongside other solicitors and paralegals under the supervision of the YLC Supervising Lawyer, and Paralegal Coordinator.