The Gold Coast Community Legal Centre aims to enhance the experiences the upcoming legal professional receive whilst completing their university law degree. To help facilitate this objective of ours, the Centre has engaged with universities and established working partnerships revolving around providing the opportunity for law students to be formally placed at the Centre. At this time, we have formal arrangements in place with Bond University and Griffith University, as per the details below.
We have students participating through formal arrangements with Bond University as part of their law degree. These students come to the office one day a week for 5 weeks. These placements are arranged through Bond University as part of a subject for clinical legal placement. To find out more about the Clinical Legal Placement program, click here.
The Centre has created a Bond Community Law Clinic program for Bond University law students. This clinic is established, run and supervised by both our solicitors and Bond University staff. The clinic commenced in June 2015 and runs for a period of 4 weeks each trimester. Students attended the Centre one day a week for the duration of the clinic. To find out more about the Generalist Bond Law Clinic, click here.
We have students participating through formal arrangements with Griffith University as part of their law degree. These students come to the office one day a week for 12 weeks, the duration of their semester. These placements are arranged through Griffith University as part of a subject offered to students, 5238LAW Community Lawyering Clinic. To find out more about the Griffith University Law Elective Clinic, click here.
During the Centre’s Tuesday Walk-In Clinic, we have law students from varying universities assisting the solicitors in the operating of the clinic. Law students work in a team on a fortnightly basis to welcome, triage and assist clients attending the Centre, as well as work with the solicitors ‘behind the scenes’ during the client consultation. This roster is created on a 6-monthly basis where queries or expressions of interest can be sent through to firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently work with Southport Domestic Violence Court to provide law students on the Domestic Violence Court Information Desk. These law students come from a variety of universities and are part of a weekly roster where they “man” the information desk, provide guidance, information, referral and general assistance to parties appearing for their domestic violence matter as well as assisting Court staff, Duty Lawyers and workers from other agencies part of the Court.
We happily accept students seeking to undertake their practical legal training placement with our Centre. The Centre has supervised numerous practical legal training students from various universities, such as Griffith University, Bond University, University of Queensland and Southern Cross University.
However, please be mindful that the Centre only accepts practical legal training students when there are sufficient resources to supervise a student for the duration of their placement, both depending on staff availability and whether there are any formal programs or placements (mentioned above) occurring during the desired placement period.
If you have any questions regarding the any student volunteer position, please email us email@example.com and we will endeavor to answer your questions.
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