Macquarie University Social Justice Clinic: A New Cost-Effective Model for Clinical Legal Education?

This paper will reflect on the first two years of operation of the Macquarie University Social Justice Clinic, based at Macquarie Law School in Sydney Australia. The clinic adopts an innovative model which seeks to harness the pedagogical benefits of a live-client in house law school clinic at a fraction of the cost usually associated with operating such clinics. We set out the key elements of our clinical model and critically reflect on its benefits and drawbacks based on our experience so far.