What is the Community Law Clinic?
Coordinator: Ms Maria Nicolae
The Community Law Clinic is a 10-week program that enables law students, during their degrees, to volunteer their time to gain practical insight and experience in a variety of community law matters. The Clinic is a collaboration between the Bond University Faculty of Law and the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre, and is located at the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre on the Gold Coast. Students usually volunteer with the Clinic during semester for a commitment of 3 hours per week from 9am-12pm every alternate Wednesday, or as arranged with the CLC.
Who can apply?
Applicants must currently be enrolled at Bond University in a law degree program, either an LLB or JD. They must have completed some law subjects. Completion of at least 3 semesters is preferred but not essential.
What does it entail?
Typically, student volunteers being supervised at the Clinic will:
- assist lawyers at the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre with matters in various areas of the law. Students may be required to draft documents or client advice where necessary
- undertake legal research; and
- interview clients under the supervision of legal practitioners.
- Gain practical work experience dealing with real cases.
- Obtain drafting experience in real legal matters.
- Provide pro bono advice to clients under the supervision of lawyers.
- Network with experienced lawyers in the Clinic environment.
How do I get involved?
The Gold Coast Community Legal Centre provides advice in a wide range of areas, including: family law, consumer law, employment law, succession law, minor criminal matters, tenancy disputes and body corporate matters (to name a few). Completion of the Criminal Law & Procedure A (LAWS11/75-214), Obligations (LAWS11/75-213), Property Law (LAWS11/75-311) and Land Law (LAWS11/75-312) subjects is preferred but not essential.
Those interested in volunteering at the Community Law Clinic should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, Bond university transcript, and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your covering letter should include why you would like to become involved and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your Curriculum Vitae and covering letter should be no more than two pages each. Applications will be considered on merit and shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.
There are usually 4-6 volunteer positions offered in the Community Law Clinic per semester.
Have a look at how to apply for more information.