Ms Mandy Shircore joins UQ from LawRight in Brisbane, where she was a Senior Solicitor in the Health Advocacy Legal Clinic.

Until the beginning of 2020, Mandy was an Associate Professor at the College of Business, Law and Governance at James Cook University, where she served as Head of Law for three years and has also been an Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching. Mandy has a strong interest in access to justice, community law and clinical legal education having worked with the community legal sector in a variety of capacities including as solicitor, management committee member and coordinator of clinical programs.

With a strong commitment to enhancing access to justice, Mandy has worked with the community legal sector for over thirty years in a variety of capacities including volunteer solicitor; board of directors and management committee member. In Cairns this has included as a founding member of the Cairns Community Legal Service, original management committee member of the North Queensland Women's Legal Service and management committee member of the Environmental Defender's Office of North Queensland. In 2006, Mandy’s voluntary involvement in the community legal sector was recognised when she received the Toni Dick Memorial Prize for outstanding community service.

As an academic Mandy has actively promoted and supported the clinical legal studies program whereby students attend the Townsville Legal Service to provide legal assistance to the community under the supervision of solicitors. Since 2015 Mandy has been working to extend the clinical program which now includes seven specialist community legal services across Cairns and Townsville providing placement and clinic opportunities for law students. In 2016, Mandy took eleven students to Cambodia (part-funded through the New Columbo Plan) where they worked within three human rights organisations for three weeks.  A further three years of New Columbo Plan funding has been secured to take law students to Thailand in 2018 - 2020. 

Mandy’s research interests include legal education; negligence and health law.


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  • 2017 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded to CBLG Work Integrated Learning Team
  • 2015 - Inter Alia Cairns JCU Law Society Life Membership in recognition of unwavering support to the JCU Law Students.
  • 2012 - JCU Award for Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievement in the category of Learning and Teaching
  • 2008 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning


  • 2013 to 2014 - JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship (Team) - Always Keeping your Exit in View: Using an ePortfolio from Day 1 to Capstone Experience to Foster Work Ready Students
  • 2012 to 2013 - JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship for Development and implementation of a multi-disciplinary approach to work-integrated learning / capstone experiences for law, business and creative arts students.


  • 2015 to 2016 - JCU Learning and Teaching Grant - Developing a community based "super clinic" capstone experience for law students
  • 2015 to 2016 - JCU Learning and Teaching Grant - to develop a video - Ensuring JCU Graduates are Connected to the Community.