Clinical Legal Education Program

Clinical Legal Education Program (LAWS5180)

The School of Law runs one of the most diverse clinical legal education programmes in Australia.   Through the UQ Pro Bono Centre, the Law School is proud to partner with many Community Legal Centres to run clinical legal education placements in different areas of law. 

Each clinic offers law students the opportunity to work in a social justice setting for academic credit (through the elective law course, LAWS5180).  In their clinical placement, law students spend one day per week during semester undertaking legal work under the close supervision of experienced lawyers.

The School is proud to partner with the following CLCs as part of LAWS5180:

LawRight

  • A2J & Innovation Clinic
  • Mental Health Law Clinic
  • Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic
  • Health Advocacy Legal Clinic (servicing St Vincent’s Hospital and the Mater Young Adult Health Care)

Caxton Legal Centre

  • Consumer Law Advice Clinic

Prisoners’ Legal Service

  • Prison Law Clinic

Basic Rights Queensland

  • Social Security Law Clinic

Environmental Defenders Office Qld Inc.

  • Environmental Law Clinic

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated

  • Disability Law Clinic

Tenants Queensland

  • Tenancy Law Clinic (thanks to a grant from the Ian Potter Foundation)

Refugee and Immigration Legal Service

  • Refugee and Immigration Law Clinic

Students must apply for a place in the Clinical Legal Education Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for upcoming semesters, with closing dates listed below. Students who miss the closing date are still encouraged to apply and will be placed on a waitlist.  The Centre will contact students on the waitlist if a place becomes available.

Application closing dates:

  • For semester 1 enrolment, applications close: 31 October each year
  • For semester 2 enrolment, applications close: 30 April  each year

Notification of shortlisting will occur within one month of closing dates.

Prospective students

Applying for CLE Program is a two-stage process. The first stage (shortlisting) does not guarantee a place. The second stage (final offers) will take place on Monday of the week prior to O-week, once the university timetable is finalised. 

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  the Thursday of O-Week, from 9am – 12 noon. 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 available are:

CLINICS

NO. STUDENTS

WEEK DAY

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. LawRight 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.
A2J and Innovation Clinic 6 Tuesday LawRight This is a research and policy clinic where students will explore how, and to what extent, new technologies and digital innovation may help increase access to justice (A2J) for marginalised people in our community.  In this clinic, students will learn about digital disruption in the legal industry and new models of legal practice. They will be tasked with applying new technologies to legal processes and problems commonly faced by LawRight clients.
Mental Health Law Clinic 6 Thursday LawRight 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 12 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)
LawRight 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.

Find out more about the selection process to students applying for the CLE Program.

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