What is the Criminal Law Clinic?
Coordinator: Mr 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 commitment of 4 hours per week from 9am-1pm on alternate Wednesdays, or as arranged with the QPS.
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 LAWS11/75-214, Criminal Law & Procedure A. Completion of LAWS11/75-215, Criminal Law & Procedure B and LAWS11/75-318 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.
- 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.
How do I get involved?
Have a look at how to apply for more information.
Those interested in volunteering at the Criminal 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 currently 3 volunteer positions offered in the Criminal Law Clinic per semester.