Immigration Law Clinic

About the Immigration Law Clinic

Coordinators

Dr Danielle Ireland-Piper
Ms Lindsey Stevenson-Graf

Practitioners

Ms Rochelle James
Registered Migration Agent (MARN) 1795422

Ms Iracema Brunton
Registered Migration Agent (MARN) 1680204

 

Our focus

The Clinic is staffed by registered migration agents, legal practitioners, academics and Bond law students who provide free legal advice to vulnerable and financially disadvantaged non-citizens that wish to remain in Australia legally. The Clinic focuses upon the provision of immigration legal advice to members of the community such as persons seeking asylum, persons recognised as having refugee status, persons who are victims of domestic violence and international students. They are amongst the most vulnerable people who come into contact with Australia’s legal and migration system. Our core work is to provide legal advice for a person to prepare their case for presentation to Australian immigration decision makers.

The program

The Clinic is a 10-week program that enables law students, during their degrees, to volunteer their time to gain practical insight and experience in immigration law. Students volunteer with the Clinic during semester for a commitment of 3 hours per week from 5-8pm every alternate Thursday, or as advised pre-semester.

Scope of the clinic

The Immigration Law Clinic provides the following types of legal advice to clients:

  • Immigration information and advice regarding refugee and asylum seeker law to persons seeking asylum in Australia
  • Immigration information and advice to persons recognised as having refugee status who are seeking to sponsor family members to Australia.
  • Immigration information and advice to persons who are victims of domestic violence and who hold a temporary partner visa in Australia.
  • Immigration information and advice to vulnerable international students.
  • Immigration information, advice, and if deemed eligible, assistance to vulnerable members of the community regarding their visa and visa eligibility.
  • Basic information and advice provided to the wider community in the following areas: skilled independent visa, skilled sponsor visa, student visa, graduates visa, partners visa, and parent and other family visas.

How do I get involved

Have a look at how to apply for more information.

Those interested in volunteering at the Immigration Law Clinic should submit a current Curriculum Vitae (CV), Bond university transcript, and covering letter to [email protected] by 5pm Saturday of Week 1 of the semester. 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 5 volunteer positions offered in the Immigration Law Clinic per semester: 1 Clinic Administrator position and 4 Student Advisor positions.

Applicants must currently be enrolled at Bond University in a law degree program, either an LLB or JD. Students must have completed the subject Administrative Law. Completion of, or enrolment in, the elective Immigration Law is desirable but not essential.

Students will engage with clients under the supervision of migration and legal practitioners and gain experience in interviewing clients, researching and preparing advice on immigration law issues. Students will also assist with the drafting of fact sheets.

  • Gain practical work experience dealing with real immigration law cases.                                                   
  • Obtain “real world” practical research and drafting experience.                                                                  
  • Provide pro bono immigration advice and assistance to clients under the supervision of experienced practitioners.