Social Impact Hub Clinic | Law

Social Impact Hub Clinic

The Social Impact Hub Clinic is an experiential learning program. In this course students will put their legal and business skills and knowledge to use and gain practical experience in different areas of social impact. The course provides formal and informal training, as well as supervised practical experience, in planning and implementing a project in a field of social impact.

The Social Impact Hub will work with industry and foundations to develop and conduct a variety of applied projects in different areas of social impact. In each semester, projects will be offered from the following fields:

  • Business and human rights;
  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovation;
  • Philanthropy;
  • Impact investing;
  • Corporate social responsibility;
  • Pro bono and volunteering;
  • Law and social movements;
  • Measuring social impact;
  • Collective impact; and
  • Other related fields.

What does the clinic involve?

Students will be able to preference the project(s) on which they want to work. Students will work in small teams on each project. Students may be involved in research and policy work, writing, advocacy and related activities. Students will be critically analysing the role of lawyers, businesses, foundations, not-for-profits and investors as part of the course.

The Social Impact Hub Clinic is offered in 2 different modes:

Students will be required to work on their project for at least the equivalent of 14 hours a week over 12 weeks, and attend their team meeting once a week.

Students will be required to work on their project for at least the equivalent of 7 hours a week over 12 weeks, and attend their team meeting once a week.

Students in both 2 days and 1 day clinics are also required to attend weekly seminars. These are designed to promote discussion and critical reflection on a wide range of issues that may arise during the experiential component of the course, and also introduce students to the fields of social impact that are not the principal subject of their project. It is intended that students will learn from the projects of other students.

When does the clinic run?

Semesters 1 and 2, with applications opening mid-semester the session before the clinic commences.

This Clinic will also be offered in Summer Semester to final semester students who are due to complete their degree requirements.

 

How do I apply?

  • This is an elective course for law; applicants must have reached the elective stage of their degree to apply.
  • Preference will be given to students, who are prepared to do the intensive clinic (12uoc) because students are able to have a more immersive experience, and benefit more from the clinic, completing it intensively.

Please apply via the application form below:

For more information about this clinic, please contact the course convenor, Jessica Roth via jessica.roth@unsw.edu.au