Social Justice Units of Study 2017

The Social Justice Program will arrange for students enrolled in the unit to work with various organisations which have agreed to participate in the Program. Through such organisations students will be exposed to real world cases and participate in a structured seminar program dealing with social justice issues and aspects of public interest law.

Hands-on experience with cases, clients and/or policy and research projects will be obtained via on site social justice placements. Students will attend seminars designed to provide them with the basic knowledge and skills required to participate in a working clinical legal organisation, and cover legal issues specific to the placement sites. The seminars will encourage discussion and reflection on the range of issues that may arise during the course of the placement.

At the end of the unit students should have:

  1. enhanced their ethical, social and professional understanding of the practice of law;
  2. improved their ability to recognise, define and analyse legal problems flowing from real case files, and to identify and create processes to solve them;
  3. observed and practised communication and inter-personal skills involved in the practice of law;
  4. been introduced to aspects of legal practice such as legal writing, research, client interaction, advocacy and time management;
  5. had the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively with legal professionals in a flexible learning environment, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges.

Social Justice Legal Clinic units available

The Social Justice Legal Clinic offers two units of study that will be available during 2017.

Unit name/Unit code Session Dates Enrolment opens Enrolment closes
Social Justice Legal Clinic A
only available at Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)

Early Intensive

  • 1 February 2017 – Orientation Day
  • 6-9 February 2017 – Lectures
  • 10-24 February 2017 – Placement days
7 December 2016
4 January 2017
Social Justice Legal Clinic A

Semester-length Semester 1

One day per week (placement) plus a 2 hour weekly seminar during Semester 1, 2017

7 December 2016
 15 February 2017
Social Justice Legal Clinic B

Semester-length Semester 2

One day per week (placement) plus a 2 hour weekly-fortnightly seminar during Semester 2, 2017

7 December 2016

If you are interested in applying for either the early intensive or the semester-length units please apply for departmental permission in Sydney Student. There are enrolment deadlines and numbers for each unit are limited, so you should apply as soon as enrolment opens.




Bachelor of Laws

Penultimate or final year students

JD Full-Time Stream

Penultimate or final year students

JD Part-Time Stream

Students in Years 4-6

Enrolment process

The Social Justice Program arranges placements for students with various organisations. The process is as follows:

  1. Apply for the relevant unit via Sydney Student (LAWS3461/5161 early intensive or Semester 1; LAWS3431/5131 in Semester 2).
  2. You will receive an email from the Professional Law Programs team to confirm you have been enrolled, after assessment of your registration, and will receive access to the LMS site upon enrolment.
  3. In the form on the LMS you should rank your preferences in terms of placement sites (applicable for Semester 1) or specialised areas of the Law in which you would like to complete your placement (Semester 2 enrolments only), and forward this to the Team Leader, Academic Support in the Law School. Note that the early intensive is held at PIAC, so you will not be required to rank preferences for that session.
  4. Those students with a WAM of 75 or above may also include King & Wood Mallesons, although please note that this is by invitation only.
  5. Students will be allocated on the basis of preferences and the availability of places. Once the allocation process has been completed, you will receive an email from the Team Leader, Academic Support, indicating your placement site.
  6. You will be contacted by a representative of the placement site prior to the commencement of your placement.

Placement sites

By applying to enrol in this unit of study, you should acknowledge and accept that for the semester length sessions you may be placed at any of the available placement sites. The current available placement sites are:

Other law / social justice placements will be added to this list as they are confirmed.

Additional social justice internships may be accepted in lieu of the above placements. Criteria for approval of these internships have been developed. Please contact Professor Peter Cashman for further information.


Social Justice Legal Clinic A and Social Justice Legal Clinic B are graded units of study. The final grade will be based on a combination of written assessment, seminar performance, class participation and evaluation of the clinical placement by the provider.


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