QPILCH services could not be provided without the assistance of student volunteers and student clinics, run in partnership with our university partners. We value their contribution and participation in QPILCH's progress and history. Students can get involved in QPILCH in a number of different ways. Please see below for more information on the options and how to register your interest.
Universities can partner with QPILCH in the provision of clinical legal education so that students are immersed in a not-for-profit organisation, exposed to real life cases, and receive guidance from experienced practitioners.
We consider clinical legal education a very positive way of increasing students' knowledge and skills and as a way to contribute to the future well-being of the profession in general, as well as providing effective services to the community.
Each clinic operates one day per week over the university semester. Students need to apply to their university to be involved in the clinics. The clinics currently in operation, with support from Griffith and Bond Universities, QUT and the University of Queensland's Pro Bono Centre, include:
- University of Queensland Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic - a clinical legal education subject coordinated by the HPLC, which involves student placements with QPILCH and private law firms, focussing on client casework and research.
- University of Queensland Mental Health Law Clinic - a joint project of QPILCH and the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland, which commenced in semester 2 of 2009. The MHLC provides advice, assistance and outreach services in mental health law and legal issues affecting people with mental illness.
- Bond University Administrative Law Clinic - a student clinic focused on providing direct legal services to disadvantaged people seeking assistance in challenging government decisions.
- Griffith University Social Justice Lawyering Clinic - a clinic of senior law students who undertake initial research and assessment of applications for public interest referral. Students also assist with QPILCH projects.
- University of Queensland Public Interest Research Clinic - Through the PIRC, students examine issues such as knowledge management, legal training, plain English writing and socio-legal research skills. They are required to undertake a topical group project and present a seminar.
- Queensland University of Technology Access to Justice Clinic - A QUT Law clinic of 6 students who assess applications for assistance from our Public Interest Referral Service and QLS and Bar Referral Services.
QPILCH's Referral Services are currently seeking law students in their final or penultimate year as volunteers for Semester 1, 2015. Students gain practical legal experience and assist in providing access to justice for those who cannot afford private legal assistance. Student volunteers assess applications for pro bono legal assistance in civil law matters including examining potential legal claims and remedies, considering the appropriateness of pro bono assistance and analysing the greater social impacts of a claim. As part of the assessment process, student volunteers undertake legal research and drafting and contact applicants to obtain information and explain the assessment process. For more information, please refer to the student volunteer position description:
Student volunteers will commence on 16 February 2015 and finish on 10 July 2015. Student volunteers attend one day per week from 9am to 5pm and are expected to commit to volunteering on their allocated day for the entire semester. This semester we have places available on every day of the week, so please indicate which day suits you in the volunteer application form (link is included below). We will take your preference into account when allocating days however, we may not be able to provide every volunteer with their first preference. An induction for all new student volunteers will take place on Monday 16 February 2015.
Please send a completed volunteer application form (link is included below), your CV (2 pages maximum) and academic transcript to email@example.com by 5pm on 6 February 2015. The transcript does not need to be an official transcript. Successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday 11 February 2015.
Some universities offer an internship or practical placement course. If you would like to do an internship at QPILCH, speak to your course coordinator about whether your university offers such a course. We prefer that interns work one day per week for a semester.