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Police Powers Clinic

Police Powers Clinic

The Police Powers Clinic is an experiential learning program located within Redfern Legal Centre, an independent, non-profit community centre dedicated to promoting social justice and human rights. In this course students will put their legal skills and knowledge to use and gain practical experience of law and policing in action. At the same time students will be critically analysing the effect of law and police practices on disadvantaged clients in a community legal centre setting.

What does the clinic involve?

Students will be assisting Solicitors in advising clients in making complaints against the police, as well as conducting work on research, policy and community legal education. Through client work, advocacy and law reform projects and a weekly two hour seminar, the program aims to strengthen students’ practical skills in research, writing, advocacy, problem-solving, team work and independent judgment.

Students will spend 1 day (7 hours, 9am to 5pm) at Redfern Legal Centre each week. There will be a half-day induction program at the Centre which is compulsory for all students.

When does the clinic run?

Police Powers Clinic usually runs in Terms 1 and 2, and are held on Fridays, and there is an application period before each intake which is advertised to students via email.

How do I apply?

Term 1 2019 Round 1 applications have closed. Application outcomes will be released towards the end of September 2018. 

Term 1 2019 Round 2 applications will open at 10am on Tuesday 9 October 2018 and close at 9am on Monday 15 October 2018.

Please refer to the course pre-requisite outlined in the UNSW Handbook for JURD7819/LAWS3319

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For more information about this clinic, please contact the course convenor, Vicki Sentas or experiential@unsw.edu.au.