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Models and Quantifiable Benefits of Pro Bono and Social Justice Activities in Australian Law Schools

This three-year multi institution study will investigate and provide national empirical data relating to four pivotal themes dealing with pro bono and social justice initiatives in Australian universities. The project will be supported and coordinated by leading academics under the leadership of the Australian Pro Bono Centre, which will administer the project funding and coordinate subcontracting agreements with theme leads from eight Australian universities, namely Bond University, La Trobe University, Monash University, Murdoch University, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, University of South Australia and Western Sydney University.

The Australian Pro Bono Centre (APBC) is an independent centre of expertise that aims to grow the capacity of the Australian legal profession to provide pro bono legal services that are focused on increasing access to justice for socially disadvantaged and/or marginalised persons, and furthering the public interest.

The Centre works to achieve this by:

  1. Strengthening the place of pro bono legal work within the Australian legal profession as an integral part of legal practice
  2. Providing practical assistance to facilitate, and remove barriers to, the provision of pro bono legal services, and
  3. Promoting the pro bono legal work of the Australian legal profession.

This collaborative model of research funding brings academia and legal firms together to better understand the benefits to the community of social justice activities in law schools, and to investigate ways in which these services can be improved. This model has been developed to lever the existing expertise in academia and leading Australian law firms, to assemble a world-class research team.

The project has commenced with pilot projects being conducted by Bond University and University of Queensland researcher, with the view to secure funding for the national project in due course.

Read more about the project details.