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What is the Climate Sustainability Clinic?

Clinic Coordinator: Assistant Professor Maria Nicolae

Climate change is the single most pressing issue of our time. The factors contributing to its acceleration are complex and multi-faceted. By implication then, the measures to be implemented to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change must be equally varied. Climate sustainability will be achieved as much by implementing big changes, as by small changes implemented by everyone. 

The Climate Sustainability Clinic offers students a unique opportunity to take action and become climate activists.  This is a 9-week program that enables law students, during their degrees, to volunteer their time to become environmentalists and to contribute to a safer climate future for all of us. Students will be an integral part of various ongoing projects aimed at improving Bond University’s climate sustainability performance, and educating our staff, students and the wider community about climate change, the regulation of climate change initiatives, and what we can all do today. 

Students will participate in the clinic for 2-3 hours per week, and meet regularly with the Clinic Co-ordinator to assess progress and future directions of the projects.

Information for students

Click on how to apply for more information on the application process.

There are currently 4 volunteer positions offered for the 221 trimester in the Climate Sustainability Clinic.

Applicants must currently be enrolled at Bond University in a law degree program, either an LLB or JD. Students can apply to participate in the Clinic from the end of their first semester.

Students must demonstrate the following in their application:

  • Currently enrolled at Bond University in a law degree program, either an LLB or JD
  • Completion of at least 1 semester by the time the Clinic commences
  • Past engagement in extra-curricular activities
  • Demonstrated legal technology knowledge or abilities
  • General level of maturity
  • Ability to sustain a commitment to the Clinic for one semester
  • Evidence of research skills and organisational ability

Students will be supervised and supported by the Clinic Coordinator and a team of volunteer academic and professional staff.

The Clinic Coordinator and the supervision team will work with the students to:

  1. schedule regular meetings across the semester;
  2. identify appropriate projects;
  3. conduct research into the viability of the project and identify examples of similar projects elsewhere;
  4. conduct research into the laws and regulations relevant to the project and identify any legal risks;
  5. identify desirable outcomes and measures of success for each project;
  6. draft a plan or business case for each project;
  7. provide supervision, support and advice in undertaking the project; and
  8. produce a written report of the Climate Clinic’s activities at the end of each semester.
  • Gain practical work experience dealing with real issues.

  • Be a part of ongoing environmental projects of varying duration and complexity.

  • Obtain research experience in addressing a wide range of environmental issues.

  • Develop problem-solving, organisational and communication skills.

  • Provide a community service.

Contact the Clinic Coordinator