Social Justice Program

28 April 2009

Sydney Law School will introduce an important opportunity for students to gain practical legal experience and provide vital services to disadvantaged members of our community.

"In response to demand from the public, our students and the profession, a new Social Justice Program is being established," said the Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs.

"This will help expose students to real-world cases, enable them to apply knowledge gained in the classroom, and develop practical skills such as researching, case-writing, and client interviewing.
"Opportunities will be created by partnering with community legal centres and other organisations offering legal advice and representation to special interest groups.
"Students will experience first-hand the impact of a pro-bono service on the wider community.
"The first for-credit unit of study is expected to be offered - with limited places - in semester 2, 2009."

A number of established community legal organisations have expressed interest in partnering with Sydney Law School and these may include the following bodies and others:

Current LLB student, Matt Costa (BA 2006) experienced Social Justice in action through his enrolment in Australia's first externship program, the External Placement Program (EPP), in operation since 1996.

"Like many students, I came to Sydney Law School seeking a strong legal education," he said

"But I didn't realise that through the Faculty's External Placement Program I would get to be part of a real legal practice.

"Working with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, I had the opportunity to use my legal skills to benefit disadvantaged individuals and groups in our community.

"I didn't just study, I participated.

"I learned things you can't learn in a classroom.

"The experience broadened my perspective and changed my career and life goals in ways I never anticipated.

"The new Social Justice Program will extend clinical legal education opportunities to many more students, giving them the same invaluable chance to both learn and be of service to others."

To find out more about the new Social Justice Program, you can attend the Opening Ceremony for Sydney Law School's New Building, this Thursday, 30th April 2009.

Sydney Law School's Social Justice Program Website

Sydney Law School's Social Justice Program Brochure

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 0004291f17113a24032e3f1d3a213b284436521d4b4a2f25451032