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Manning St Project

What is the Manning St Project?

The Manning St Project is an exciting partnership between the UQ Pro Bono Centre and Caxton Legal Centre.  The Manning St Project exists to strengthen the capacity of the community legal sector and other organisations to undertake law reform and public interest research.

University of Queensland law students registered with the UQ Pro Bono Centre participate in the Manning St Project on a pro bono basis.  Students work in small research groups over the course of an academic semester, devoting about four hours per week of their time to work on a nominated research project.  The aim for each group is to produce a final body of work (e.g. a law reform report, issues paper) on behalf of the community legal centre or organisation seeking assistance.  Through their involvement, law students develop their legal research and writing skills, as well as gain a deeper awareness of the structural impact of the law.

All research projects are supervised by a legal professional such as a UQ legal academic or an experienced lawyer working in a community legal centre; who the supervisor is will depend on the specific research task.  Students receive project guidance from their supervisor, but are also strongly encouraged to work autonomously as a small research group.

Some examples of Manning St Project work may be browsed here: view publications

How does my organisation seek assistance from the Manning St Project?

Simply email your request for assistance to either the UQ Pro Bono Centre (probono@law.uq.edu.au) or Caxton Legal Centre (caxton@caxton.org.au). Please provide a clear description of the type of the research required and scope of the research and relevant time period for completion.  Research projects usually follow the university semester:

  • Semester One: February to June
  • Semester Two: July to November

The Manning St Project can also arrange shorter research projects during the university’s summer semester (December to January) and winter semester (June).

What does my organisation need to provide?

It is beneficial for the organisation seeking assistance to provide some research supervision.  Supervision can be done externally (teleconferences, email) or in person with students at Caxton Legal Centre.  It can include question and answer sessions with students, reviewing research drafts and providing constructive feedback.  Supervision need not be time-consuming as students are encouraged to work autonomously, but it must be sufficient to help guide them through the research process.

If you are interested in working with the Manning St Project, please contact the UQ Pro Bono Centre on 3365 8824 or email: probono@law.uq.edu.au