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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

What do amazing beach locations and law have in common? Why, the University of Newcastle’s Law on the Beach, of course!

Now in its 15th year, Law on the Beach runs for five weeks over summer, bringing Newcastle Law School students and lawyers from their Hunter Street location to Newcastle Beach.

Newcastle Law School students delivering complimentary legal service

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Law on the Beach gives law students and social work students the opportunity to gain practical experience towards their degrees as they work to help members of the community.

The student-run program has provided free legal advice to hundreds of clients in a highly accessible and atypical setting, and is one of the many ways the law school develops experienced, sought-after legal graduates while at the same time providing a vital community service.

Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Mr Shaun McCarthy, said all members of the community were welcome to visit the legal clinic for free advice, but this year the centre was focusing on the younger members of the Newcastle community.

“Often young people do not have the life experience or resources to stand up for themselves in a matter involving the law. We aim to change that by providing a casual setting to have that legal conversation,” he said.

All questions and cases are welcome by the legal clinic team, from traffic fines to employment discrimination and everything in between.

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor degree prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice.

Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Law on the Beach program held each summer on Newcastle Beach.

Program: Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

Apply to the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School!


Questions about studying at Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at 1-866-698-7355 or molly@oztrekk.com.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Newcastle Law School offers complimentary legal services

A free and unique legal service aimed at assisting those in need, while also providing University of Newcastle (UON) students with real-world experience, hit Newcastle Beach recently.

Newcastle Law School offers complimentary legal services

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Now in its 14th year, Law on the Beach, run by UON’s Legal Centre, will hold drop-in consultations at Newcastle Beach Surf Club and the City Campus across January and February in order to increase access to legal services for people in need of guidance.

Newcastle Law School students in their penultimate year in law and social work, alongside experienced lawyers, donate their time and skills to assisting disadvantaged members of the public.

Daniel Richards, a fifth year Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Diploma of Legal Practice student, will take time out of the university holidays to assist the program. The 22-year-old, who is originally from Muswellbrook, said he was keen to advance his skills while helping those in need.

“It’s one thing learning theory in the classroom, but it’s completely different applying what we’ve learnt to real-world cases. It’s an invaluable experience that makes a huge difference to both the students and the community.

“Newcastle Beach is such a great setting, as it creates a really relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is in shorts and t-shirts and the sessions are conversational rather than a formal meeting,” he said.

Director of the Newcastle Law School Legal Centre, Mr Shaun McCarthy, said the students involved were extremely competent and keen to develop their knowledge, whilst displaying understanding and sensitivity to the issues at hand.

“Law on the Beach provides a unique opportunity for the community to access advice and assistance with their legal needs, as well as providing our exceptional students with real-world experience.

“Legal services are often inaccessible and can be confronting for younger members of the community due to their cost. The fact this program is so successful after 14 years is an indication that the service is still a necessary one,” Mr McCarthy said.

Drop-in sessions will run until Feb. 21.

Australian Law Schools Information Sessions

Would you like to hear from law graduates who have studied in Australia and are now practicing lawyers in Canada? Would you like to meet Australian law school representatives in person? Then please join us for the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions! Everyone is welcome to attend this free event! Don’t forget to RSVP for an OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Session.

Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Adams Auditorium

Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Social Work Building, SK 720


If you have any questions about studying at Newcastle Law School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

UQ Law School graduates to participate in pro bono partnerships debate

The University of Queensland (UQ) is taking part in two forums that will explore ways of strengthening cross-sector partnerships to improve the delivery of pro bono legal services to the community.

UQ Pro Bono Centre Director Monica Taylor said the forums in May would focus on building a stronger pro bono culture and best practice in the conduct and coordination of pro bono work.

“It is vital for the centre to be aware of and promote issues about best practice for pro bono service delivery,” Ms Taylor said. “Our ability to provide meaningful pro bono opportunities for law students depends on the strength of our partnerships with the legal profession.”

The events will feature a range of speakers and panellists chosen for their pro bono experience and will demonstrate the variety and depth of pro bono work.

“These are professionals who can communicate their passion for the work they do and reinforce the message that pro bono work is an essential part of delivering access to justice for community members,” Ms Taylor said.

The first event, to be held on May 1 as part of the UQ Alumni Lecture Series, will focus on the work of UQ Law School graduates involved in different areas of the access to justice sector.

“In this session we’ll explore individual panellists’ motivations for pro bono work, discuss their career choices in law and the reasons they were drawn to broader issues of access to justice,” Ms Taylor said. “It will also show how important integrated pro bono services are to delivering legal assistance to those in need, and how each of the various sectors—private, community and government—has a role to play.”

The ability to access legal services regardless of an individual’s financial means is a fundamental principle of the Australian legal system.

For many marginalized members of the community this is only made possible through the provision of free or reduced fee pro bono legal assistance.

Recent research quantifying the extent of legal need in Australia has called for a more holistic and integrated approach to the provision of pro bono legal services.

The second event, on May 13, will be co-hosted by the UQ Pro Bono Centre, the Queensland Public Interest Clearing House (QPILCH) and the Bar Association of Queensland to mark National Law Week.

Keynote speakers Professor Pascoe Pleasence from University College London and National Pro Bono Resource Centre Director John Corker will provide an international and national perspective on legal need and best practice pro bono service delivery, and a panel Q&A session will discuss issues in a Queensland context.

The UQ Pro Bono Centre Director added that the audience will hear different perspectives—from a barrister, law firm and a community legal centre—about what they consider to be best practice pro bono work. The panel will also examine integrated service delivery, training for practitioners involved in pro bono, and the different ways that might improve pro bono partnerships.

About the UQ Pro Bono Centre

The opening of the UQ Pro Bono Centre in 2009 formalized UQ Law students’ participation in the provision of pro bono legal assistance. The centre has a range of partnerships with the legal profession, including with the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), the Caxton Legal Centre and Legal Aid Queensland. The centre’s Patron is The Hon Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland.

About UQ Law School

The University of Queensland Law School is a long established and leading Australian law school. The law school is committed to providing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate legal education, and of contributing to the production of lasting and cutting-edge research.

The law school’s student body comprises of approximately 1,800 high achieving students from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities. Law students are well served by two representative bodies: the University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS) and the Women and the Law Society (WATL).

The three-year, graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Queensland is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and deep understanding of legal principles and institutions that is distinguished by its rigour, depth and conceptual sophistication. Education in the law will include not only a thorough understanding of the concepts, principles, policies and values that underpin and permeate the law both in Australia and in other jurisdictions, but will also see students develop a critical and reflective attitude to the law, and more generally, a capacity for sustained critical analysis, thought and argument.

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Would you like more information about the Bachelor of Laws program at the UQ Law School? Find out more about law programs at Australian Law Schools.

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information about the UQ Law School and other law schools in Australia. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.