Application for Social Justice Clinical Course

The Social Justice Clinical Course will be offered in 2015 as a summer intensive unit as well as a semester-length unit:

Summer Intensive – only available at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).
5 February 2015 - Orientation day
9 - 12 February 2015 - Lectures
13 - 27 February 2015 - Placement days

Applications open: Monday 15 December 2014
Applications close: Thursday 15 January 2015

Semester Length - One day per week plus a 2 hour weekly seminar during Semester 1 2015 (2 March – 27 June 2015) – see details of placement sites below.

Applications open: Monday 15 December 2014
Applications close: Friday 30 January 2015

If you are interested in applying for either the summer intensive or the semester-length unit please apply for departmental permission at Sydney Student. You should enrol in an alternative 2015 unit until you are notified of the outcome of your application.

Selection Criteria

You must be entering your penultimate or final year of the Bachelor of Laws or final year of the Juris Doctor in 2015 in order to be eligible for this unit.


The Social Justice Clinical Course is a graded unit of study. The final grade will be based on

  1. Satisfactory performance on the clinical placement.
  2. 80% of the grading will be based on the written assignment.
  3. 20% will be based on:
    Class participation and class presentation (for semester length session)
    Assigned placement tasks and research activities (for Summer Intensive)

Placement sites

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

Other law / social justice internships may be accepted in lieu of the above placements. Criteria for approval of these internships are being developed. Please contact Professor Cashman for further information.

Unit of Study description

The Social Justice Program will arrange for students enrolled in the course to work with various organisations which have agreed to participate in the Program (see placement sites above). 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 students 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 and time management;
  5. had the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges.


David Burnett Memorial Scholarships in Social Justice
Judicial Conference of Australia Scholarship