All UNSW Law students go behind the scenes at our on-site community legal centre as part of the Lawyers, Ethics and Justice course. In this course, you interview real clients who have a legal problem. You also have the opportunity to work with pro bono lawyers to devise legal advice and observe them while they deliver legal advice. You can also choose from several longer clinic programs at Kingsford Legal Centre as an elective.
Community Law Clinic
Working with experienced solicitors, you will interview clients, develop legal strategies for conducting a case, undertake legal research, write letters, prepare briefs to counsel, make submissions and instruct barristers in court. You will work on individual client cases in domestic violence, debt or other areas of law, as well as write law reform submissions or work with community groups on local campaigns.
Employment Law Clinic
Help real clients with their employment issues while analysing the effect of the law in practice. You will conduct interviews with clients, make strategic decisions about conduct of the file, undertake research, draft all documents and, where appropriate, undertake advocacy in court or tribunals for the client. You will also have the opportunity to write law reform submissions or work with community groups on local campaigns.
Family Law Community Education Clinic
Work with various community groups and community members focusing on issues affecting families, including family law and domestic violence. You will develop community education materials and/or present an easy-to-understand seminar on an area of the law for community workers. You will also deal with enquiries from the public, make referrals and work as a part of the team at Kingsford Legal Centre.
When do the clinics run?
Students can complete a clinic course at Kingsford Legal Centre in Term 1 or Term 3 of each year, and can apply before each intake when it is advertised to students via email.
Clinics are open to UNSW Law students who have completed all, or the majority of, the core courses and have met the course prerequisite.