Mission

The Pro Bono 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.

Student roster

Over 500 students are currently registered on our Pro Bono roster.  This is about 30% of the total student cohort studying law at UQ. Law students must have studied at least 8 units of law courses before they are able to join the roster. This means that students will have completed at least 1 year full-time law study before being eligible to apply for pro bono opportunities. 

Awards

In 2016, the Centre was the winner of an Australian Award for University Teaching.

Pro Bono Centre Award

Governance

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, Randal Dennings. The Centre Director is Monica Taylor and Deputy Director is Bridget Burton. Academic members of the Centre include Professor Tamara Walsh and Associate Professors Peter Billings and Francesca Bartlett.

Advisory Board

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:

  1. Director (or nominee) of LawRight.
  2. Director (or nominee) of Caxton Legal Centre Inc.
  3. Director (or nominee) of Community Legal Centres Queensland.
  4. Director (or nominee) of Legal Aid Queensland.
  5. President (or nominee) of the Queensland Law Society.
  6. President or nominee of the Queensland Bar Association.
  7. Two members of the legal profession nominated by the Head of School, TC Beirne School of Law.
  8. One nominee of the Centre’s Student Advisory Panel.

Constitution

View the UQ Pro Bono Centre Constitution

Strategic Plan

View the UQ Pro Bono Centre Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021 (PDF, 3.1MB)

Student Advisory Panel

Pro bono student advisory panel
2018 Student Advisory Panellists (from left): Olivia Duce, Sarah Hamid, Nick Casey,  Ewan Raeside, Abbie Wiltshire, Alex Ladd (Keilin Anderson absent).

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.