Clinical Legal Education

Access to Justice and Community Engagement Course 

Our undergraduate clinical course examines the fundamentals of access to justice from both a theoretical and practical perspective. During seminars in the first term students confront a body of research on the difficulties of using legal services, be it due to exclusion from the legal process, lack of funds, lack of awareness of rights or lack of faith in the justice system. Students contextualise their critique in the changing landscape of legal aid and legal services and also reflect on relevant aspects of legal professionalism and ethics.

In the second term, students conduct supervised casework in employment, education, or social welfare law. The key objective of the course is to afford students the opportunity to place substantive law within a relevant social, economic and political context.  

They apply their knowledge of law to real client cases and, in doing so,  are exposed to ethical-social values instrumental to the practice of law. In ‘accessing’ the justice system on behalf of clients, it is hoped that students will confront the question of what the lawyer’s role is, or should be, within the justice system and ultimately consider what type of lawyer they want to be.

What students have said about the course along with a short biography can be found here

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