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Community Law Clinic program

What is the Community Law Clinic?

Community Law Clinic coordinator Ms Maria Nicolae

Coordinator: Ms Maria Nicolae

The Community Law Clinic is a 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 volunteer during the semester for approximately 12 to 16 hrs. Dates and times are subject to change and are determined on the needs of the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and the students' academic commitments. 

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). 

For students

How do I get involved?

Have a look at how to apply for more information on the application process.

There are usually 4-6 volunteer positions offered in the Community Law Clinic per semester.

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 commercial 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.

Why volunteer?

  • 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.