Human Rights Clinic program

About the Human Rights Clinic

Coordinator: Mr Joe Crowley

The Human Rights Clinic is a 12-week program that enables law students, during their degrees, to volunteer their time to gain practical insight and experience in the area of human rights issues, such as Pro Bono Parole Applications and Legal Aid Criminal Appeals. The Clinic is a collaboration between the Bond University Faculty of Law and a local law firm, Ashkan Tai Lawyers, and the service is rendered at the firm’s offices on the Gold Coast. Students will volunteer with the Clinic during semester for a commitment of approximately 4 hours per week on alternate Mondays, or as determined on a semester basis.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must currently be enrolled at Bond University in a law degree program, either an LLB or JD.
  • You must have completed LAWS11/75-214, Criminal Law & Procedure A. Completion of LAWS11/75-215, Criminal Law & Procedure B and/or LAWS11/75-318, Evidence, is preferred but not essential.
  • You should have:
    • the ability to sustain an ongoing commitment to the Clinic for one semester
    • an aptitude for legal writing and research; and
    • an ability to interact with clients.

What does it entail?

Typically, student volunteers being supervised at the Clinic will be involved in:

  • researching and drafting Appeals applications for wrongfully convicted people
  • preparing pro bono parole applications, QCAT matters and Right to Information requests
  • obtaining practical experience at a criminal law firm or assisting with legal research.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain practical experience under guidance of lawyers dealing with real cases.
  • Obtain drafting experience on real briefs.
  • Build connections in the profession.
  • Engage in community service and volunteering.
  • Enrich your CV and increase your employment prospects.

How do I get involved?

Have a look at how to apply for more information.

Those interested in volunteering at the Human Rights Clinic should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, Bond University transcript, and covering letter to [email protected]. Your covering letter should include why you would like to become involved and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your CV and covering letter should be no more than two pages each. Applications will be considered on merit and shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.

There are currently 6 volunteer positions offered in the Human Rights Clinic per semester – this may vary from time to time.