Clinical Legal Education Program
Clinical Legal Education Program (LAWS5180)
The School of Law runs legal clinics every semester under the auspices of the UQ Pro Bono Centre. Each clinic provides students with work experience in a legal setting for academic credit (LAWS5180). Legal clinics are currently run out of the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), Caxton Legal Centre, the Prisoners' Legal Service, the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS), Queensland Advocacy Inc. (QAI), the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) and Tenants Queensland. In 2017, a new clinic will be established with Basic Rights Queensland. In their clinical placement, law students spend one day per week during semester undertaking legal work under the close supervision of experienced lawyers.
Students must apply for a place in the Clinical Legal Education Program. Applications for Semester 1 2017 will open for six weeks from Monday 26 September at 9am to Friday 4 November at 4pm. Applying for CLE Program is a two-stage process. The first stage (shortlisting) does not guarantee a place. Students will be advised either way as to whether they have been shortlisted by late November. The second stage (final offers) will take place in mid-January 2017, once the university timetable is released.
Prospective students please note: It is a requirement of the CLE Program that all selected students attend a clinic induction at UQ which will be held on campus during O’Week on Thursday 23 February 2017, from 9am – 1pm. In addition, each student must also be able to commence their clinical placement in Week 1 of semester in order to attend an induction at the relevant Community Legal Centre.
The clinics on offer for Semester 1 2017 are:
COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE
|WORK UNDERTAKEN / REQUIREMENTS|
|Prison Law Clinic||3||Tuesday||Prisoners’ Legal Service||Students undertake casework and law reform/policy work relating to prison law, in particular assisting clients with applications for parole. Students must have successfully completed Administrative Law. Students will likely visit prisons as part of this clinical placement and must therefore complete a criminal history check. PLS will conduct informal interviews with selected students prior to clinic commencement to determine suitability.|
|Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic||6||Tuesday for six weeks, and another day TBA for the other six weeks.||QPILCH||This clinic combines casework and law reform/policy/research. Students attend outreach legal clinics at community services to interview clients and undertake legal casework, and also work on policy and law reform issues relating to homelessness.|
|Public Interest Research Clinic||6||Tuesday||QPILCH||This is a research and policy clinic where students work on public interest research, law reform and publication projects – there is no client contact. Students learn about socio-legal and applied research methodology, and work in groups to produce a research publication.|
|Mental Health Law Clinic||6||Thursday||QPILCH||This clinic combines casework and law reform/policy/research regarding mental health law. Students are likely to visit the mental health inpatient unit at the PA Hospital as part of this clinical placement.|
|Consumer Law Advice Clinic||4||Friday||Caxton Legal Centre||This is a casework only clinic with heavy client contact. Students take instructions and provide advice and assistance on consumer credit matters to clients on the telephone and in person. Preference will be given to students who have studied commercial law or who have a demonstrated interest in the law of consumer protection.|
|Environmental Law Clinic||3||Tuesday||Environmental Defenders Office||Students undertake casework, environmental law reform and policy work. Preference is given to students who have completed courses in environmental and/or planning law and who have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues. In the past two semesters clinic students have been very involved in environmental litigation work.|
|Disability Law Clinic||2||Tuesday||Queensland Advocacy Inc.||Students in this clinic undertake casework on areas of law relating to disability and impairment in a human rights context. Students may visit mental health facilities as part of this clinical placement. Preference will be given to students who have studied human rights law or who have a demonstrated interest in the rights of persons with disabilities.|
|Refugee and Immigration Law Clinic||6||Tuesday||Refugee and Immigration Legal Service||In this clinic, students undertake casework relating to family reunification visas and associated immigration law matters. Preference will be given to students who have studied Immigration & Refugee Law, or who have a demonstrated interest in this area.|
|Health Advocacy Legal Clinic||4||
Monday at St Vincent’s (2 students)Wednesday at Mater Young Adult Health Centre (2 students)
|QPILCH||In this clinic, students will work in a multidisciplinary team alongside social work students to provide advice and assistance to patients at St Vincent’s Hospital and Mater Young Adult Health Centre. Areas of law include guardianship and administration, mental health, estates planning and anti-discrimination.|
|Tenancy Law Clinic||6||Thursday||Tenants Queensland||This clinic is a primarily casework-focused clinic, where students take instructions and provide advice to tenants about their rights under Queensland residential tenancy law. The majority of legal advice and information is provided by telephone, however some will client work is face-to-face.|
|Social Security Law Clinic||2||Tuesday||Basic Rights Queensland||This is a casework clinic with a community legal education component. Students will take instructions and provide advice and assistance to clients who have legal problems with social security law. Common areas of advice include debts to Centrelink accrued through government overpayments. Students will become familiar with social security legislation and may also have the opportunity to observe hearings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.|