Virtual Access to Justice Clinic

The TLC clinic will provide students with insight into the intersection between law and technology in the provision of legal service, including  how technology can be used to increase access to justice.

Legal practice is continuously seeking ways for legal practitioners to utilise technology to provide clients with enhanced access to legal processes. These include not only zoom, webex, and MS Teams but also through technological design of apps, BOTs and websites. Students undertaking the TLC will be learn how technology impacts on legal service and become equipped with the skills needed to match the demands of the modern lawyer.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to experience the way in which technology is used to provide legal services to those clients who cannot attend lawyers in person. Such clients include those who are living in regional or remote areas, or who are disadvantaged either through financial hardship or other circumstances, including disability, language barriers, family violence or other circumstances. Under supervision of practising lawyers, students will provide legal advice to real clients with real legal problems. This part of the TLC will focus on issues that need to be addressed to prepare students to make effective use of technology to assist clients, including developing communication skills for interaction with clients via technology, and building trust and rapport with clients.

Through participation in the clinic, students will learn how technology can be utilised to provide clients with access to justice, enabling students to reflect on why the legal needs of clients and communities are not being met, and how technology can better meet client needs.