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Criminal Law Clinic program

What is the Criminal Law Clinic?

Coordinator: Dr Matthew Raj 

The Criminal Law Clinic is a 12-week program that enables law students, during their degrees, to volunteer their time to gain practical insight and experience in criminal law. The Clinic is a collaboration between the Bond University Faculty of Law and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and is located at the Southport Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast. Students will volunteer with the Clinic during semester for a minimum commitment of four hours per week from 9am-1pm on days arranged with the QPS.

For students

How do I get involved?

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

There are currently six volunteer positions offered in the Criminal 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 LAWS11/75-203 Criminal Law or LAWS11/75-214 Criminal Law & Procedure A. Completion of LAWS11/75-215, Criminal Law & Procedure B and LAWS11/75-318 Evidence is preferred but not essential.

What does it entail?

Typically, student volunteers being supervised at the Clinic will:

  • develop and maintain a brief of evidence. (This can include preparing legal documents, exploring central issues to a criminal matter, developing a chronology, preparing questions for examination-in-chief and cross examination, and identifying possible defences and any problematic issues of proof. Students may be required to draft documents where necessary)
  • undertake legal research
  • liaise with the QPS, prosecution counsel, defence counsel, and the Court Service; and
  • attend court with the prosecutor and provide assistance throughout the course of a trial with research and other requirements.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain practical work experience in court dealing with real cases.
  • Obtain drafting experience on real briefs and submissions.
  • Provide volunteer service by assisting the QPS; and
  • Network with experienced prosecutors and police officers in the court environment.