About the UQ Pro Bono Centre
The Centre’s mission is to be a nationally recognised leader in the development, promotion and provision of student pro bono legal services. Through our work, we will inspire students to understand the value and importance of access to justice, and to graduate from law school with a lifelong professional commitment to pro bono legal service.
The Director and the Advisory Board report to the Dean of the TC Beirne School of Law.
The Centre’s Patron is the Honourable Justice Peter Applegarth, Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland. The Chair of the Centre’s Advisory Board is UQ Adjunct Professor and Clayton Utz Partner, Randal Dennings. The Centre Director is Monica Taylor. Academic members of the Centre include Associate Professor Tamara Walsh, Dr Peter Billings and Dr Francesca Bartlett.
View the UQ Pro Bono Centre Constitution
In 2016, the Centre was the winner of an Australian Award for University Teaching.
The UQ Pro Bono Centre has an Advisory Board which meets twice a year to review the Centre’s pro bono activities and to advise the Centre on its strategic partnership with the legal profession.
The Advisory Board of the Centre is comprised of:
- Director (or nominee) of Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Incorporated (QPILCH).
- Director (or nominee) of Caxton Legal Centre Inc.
- Director (or nominee) of Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services (QAILS).
- Director (or nominee) of Legal Aid Queensland.
- President (or nominee) of the Queensland Law Society.
- President or nominee of the Queensland Bar Association.
- Two members of the legal profession nominated by the Head of School, TC Beirne School of Law.
- One nominee of the Centre’s Student Advisory Panel.
The Student Advisory Panel is comprised of five students drawn from the pro bono roster. Student Advisory Panel lists:
- Provide advice and feedback to the Centre Director on pro bono activities;
- An ‘ideas bank’ for new and innovative pro bono activities;
- From time to time, assist the Centre Director with administrative tasks.
The Student Advisory Panel meets with the Centre Director every 6 weeks, or otherwise as agreed.
I have a court-case coming up and plan to represent myself. Can I get help through this Centre to prepare my case?
No, unfortunately we do not provide this sort of assistance. Our students are not qualified to assist in any private capacity.
How many students does UQ have on the pro bono roster?
Over 500 students are currently registered on the roster. This is about 30% of the total student cohort studying law at UQ.
Is the pro bono roster available to all students?
Law students must have studied at least 16 units of law courses before they are able to join the roster. This means that students will have completed at least 2 years’ full-time law study before being eligible to apply for pro bono opportunities. You are able to specify particular law area requirements e.g. family law, labour law, civil procedure, demonstrated research expertise etc.
Does UQ provide insurance for students undertaking pro bono activities?
The University will provide the following insurance for pro bono opportunities:
- Personal accident insurance
- Public liability insurance.