National Justice Project Clinic

The National Justice Project Clinic provides students with a unique opportunity to undertake a work placement at a new university-run legal clinic focusing on the dynamic and ground-breaking work of the National Justice Project.  Students will work under the close supervision of a lawyer-teacher on real world active social justice cases and complaints in small groups.

Students will have the opportunity to work on projects from active cases and complaints that the National Justice Project team are working on from work selected from their key project areas by their in house solicitors:

  • Offshore Detention Cases
  • Death in Custody Coronial Inquests
  • Aboriginal Health Justice Project
  • Police, Prisons & Youth Services Project
  • Papua New Guinea Social Justice Project

Students in the past have assisted lawyers of the National Justice Project in preparation of litigation of offshore refugee cases by compiling medical chronologies and conducting legal research, drafting complaints based on recommendations from Coronial Inquests into Deaths in Custody and drafting submissions to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and the NSW Parliament Select Committee on the High Level of First Nations People in Custody and Oversight and Review of Deaths in Custody.

Students will undertake a range of activities including legal research and writing and legal and non-legal advocacy. Students work face-to-face with their Lawyer-superivsor for one day a week. They are also expected to undertake an additional independent work outside this setting. Modules presented by the lawyer-supervisor will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to participate in a clinical legal environment (e.g. ethical, trauma informed and reflective practice, research and drafting skills, & casework) and introduce them to social justice issues and aspects of public interest law

The National Justice Project Clinic aims to deliver the highest possible standard of legal and advocacy services while maintaining its focus on educational opportunities. It will also provide an exceptional opportunity for students to experience more practical-focused units and develop the skills needed to work in the social advocacy sector, framed in terms of real-life case studies.

Students will assist Victorian Barrister Steven Castan, a director of the National Justice Project with the caseload from the National Justice Project and its team of dedicated lawyers led by its CEO George Newhouse.

About the National Justice Project

The National Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit human rights legal service that aims to assist some of Australia's most vulnerable people and communities by providing them with access to justice.

With community legal centres losing funding and the prohibitive cost and difficulty of seeking social justice the NJP enables the most vulnerable to have their voices heard and to ensure that social justice principles apply to all.

It does this through the provision of legal services and the running of public interest cases. NJP also aims to educate the public and members of the legal profession by sharing stories of legal injustice and deploying sophisticated communications strategies to promote social justice, liberty, government accountability and equality for our clients and for all in our society.

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