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What is the LawRight Commercial Law Clinic?

Clinic Coordinator: Associate Professor Franci Cantatore

Staffed by Bond law students supervised by local legal practitioners, the LawRight Commercial Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations who would otherwise struggle to afford legal help.

The LawRight Commercial Law Clinic operates as a small business legal advice clinic. Free legal advice is available to: Members of the public thinking about starting a small business, small business owners, and non-profit organisations. (A ‘small business’ is any business with fewer than 20 employees, or fewer than 100 employees in the case of manufacturers).

The Clinic provides basic legal advice about the following issues: Business structures; Intellectual property, e.g. trademarks and copyright; Consumer protection and competition regulation; Disputes; Contracts; Franchising; Leasing; Debt recovery and Licensing.

The LawRight Commercial 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 commercial law. The Clinic is located at the Bond Faculty of Law. Students volunteer with the Clinic during semester for a commitment of 2 hours per week from 5-7pm every alternate Wednesday in weeks 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12.

Information for students

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

There are currently 10 volunteer positions offered in the LawRight Commercial Law Clinic per semester: 2 Student Administrator positions and 8 Appointment Volunteer positions.

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.

Students will engage with clients under the supervision of legal practitioners and gain experience in interviewing clients, researching and preparing advice on commercial law issues.

  • 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.

Contact the Clinic Coordinator