About Us

Mission Statement

Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) is committed to social justice and to promoting access to and reform of the legal system. We aim to provide quality legal services to the community and to promote excellence in clinical legal education while fostering a critical analysis of the justice system.

Community Legal Centre

Kingsford Legal Centre has been providing quality legal services to South-eastern Sydney community members since July 1981. As an accredited legal centre with the National Association of Community Legal Centres and member of Community Legal Centres NSW, KLC is one of over 35 community legal centres committed to providing equitable and accessible legal services within New South Wales.

Kingsford Legal Centre is part of the UNSW Australia Faculty of Law and provides a number of clinical legal education programmes to UNSW Law Students. The Centre's nine lawyers work UNSW Law students with to help over 2,000 local community members each year with matters such as domestic violence, discrimination, housing, employment, criminal law, credit and debt, fines and victim’s compensation.

Kingsford Legal Centre receives funding from the UNSW Australia Faculty of Law, the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and the NSW Department of Justice. Income is also received as one-off grants from other funding bodies and generous donations from a range of individuals and organisations. Please see the latest Annual Report for further details.

Additionaly, Herbert Smith Freehills has provided six-month secondee solicitors on to Kingsford Legal Centre for over twenty years. This generous support enables Kingsford Legal Centre to provide legal advice, casework and community legal education to hundreds of clients each year who would otherwise miss out.

Clinical Legal Education at KLC

Kingsford Legal Centre is an internationally recognised Centre of excellence in clinical teaching and produces the annual Guide To Australian Clinical Legal Education.

The Centre's clinical legal education teaching programmes allow UNSW Australia Law School students to analyse the operation of the legal system and gain insights into the lawyer-client relationships while working with real clients.

Electives undertaken at the centre include:

Students take instructions from clients, prepare necessary documents, undertake legal research and assist in the preparation of Court hearings. In this way, students can consolidate their study of the law by practical application. Small group classes, daily tutorials and constant consultation with the clinical supervisors who are practicing lawyers provide an opportunity for students to analyse both their role as lawyers and the role of law in society. Over 60 volunteer solicitors and barristers participate in evening sessions and provide a legal mentoring scheme for students at the Centre.

Students enrolled in the Lawyers, Ethics and Justice course are also given the opportunity to participate in an evening advice session at the Centre, assisting volunteer lawyers.