Reports and Guides

Kingsford Legal Centre produces a number of guides about our Centre, clinical legal education and areas of law. To view one of our reports or guides, click on the links below:

This is the thirteenth edition of the Clinical Legal Education Guide to courses offered in Australian Universities.  This publication lists clinical legal education courses offered in Australian Universities. It is great to see more and more law schools around the country emphasising experiential learning and hands-on clinical legal education within their curricula.  As universities review their curricula, many have been inspired to develop and expand their clinical legal education offerings. 

There is a strong demand from students to learn about the law and its impact on disadvantaged communities; critique the law and legal system, as well as reflecting on their role as future lawyers. Clinical legal education provides this while developing students’ legal skills.   Embedding experiential education into law schools’ curricula is the challenge for clinical academics and practitioners into the future.

 

KLC conducted a research project into the experiences of vulnerable people who make complaints about discrimination under NSW and Commonwealth law. KLC’s research showed that vulnerable people encounter numerous barriers when they try to resolve their discrimination complaints through alternative dispute resolution processes. The report focuses on vulnerable applicants’ experiences of discrimination conciliations at the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW (ADB), Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Fair Work Commission (FWC). Our key research questions were:

 - What practices and trends inhibit the full participation of vulnerable applicants at conciliations in discrimination matters?

- What does or would best practice in conciliations for vulnerable applicants look like?

 Our report contains 10 recommendations for best practice to ensure that dispute resolution processes are inclusive and fair. Key recommendations include adjustments to conciliation processes and increased government funding for legal assistance services so that vulnerable individuals are not overpowered or intimidated during conciliation. We also recommend increased funding for the ADB, AHRC, FWC and Fair Work Ombudsman to address systemic discrimination.

This is the twelfth edition of the Clinical Legal Education Guide to courses offered in Australian Universities.  This publication lists clinical legal education courses offered in Australian Universities. It is great to see more and more law schools around the country emphasising experiential learning and hands-on clinical legal education within their curricula.  As universities review their curricula, many have been inspired to develop and expand their clinical legal education offerings. 

There is a strong demand from students to learn about the law and its impact on disadvantaged communities; critique the law and legal system, as well as reflecting on their role as future lawyers. Clinical legal education provides this while developing students’ legal skills.   Embedding experiential education into law schools’ curricula is the challenge for clinical academics and practitioners into the future.

This manual has been produced to help staff, students and volunteers of Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) to build strong, culturally appropriate relationships with Aboriginal clients and communities. KLC recognises that different client groups have different service delivery requirements and needs and KLC hopes that this manual will help to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively and respectfully with local Aboriginal clients and communities. If history has taught us anything, it is that treating our most vulnerable members like we treat everybody else can be the very source of their disadvantage. The pursuit of equality often requires that we treat people differently because it is by attending to the specific needs and histories of diverse populations that they gain the ability to participate in society on a par with everybody else.

The Discrimination Toolkit is for people who believe they have been discriminated against and want to do something about it.  It is also a useful resource for community workers, advocates and lawyers who want to help clients who are experiencing discrimination.

Published in 2007 his report examines the APEC Meeting (Police Powers) Act 2007 (NSW) (APEC Meeting Act) within a human  rights framework and considers what happened in the lead up to, during and post APEC. It critically analyses the process of how the legislation came to be enacted and the effectiveness or otherwise of mechanisms of accountability of police with respect to the powers authorised. This report also considers the impact of the legislation upon socially and economically disadvantaged groups, such as the homeless and intellectually disabled, as well as protestors. The report highlights that it is time to look closely at existing NSW Police powers and the reasons behind the insistence for further expansion of such powers.

 

It’s clear from course evaluations and anecdotal evidence that UNSW Law students who complete one of the KLC clinical courses value the experience and many students carry enormous affection for the centre and its staff. Whilst this is gratifying it raises further questions about how the course resonates with ex-students; does it impact on their career choices; do these students then go on to do pro bono work; did it impact on the way that they see the law; what did they feel was the most valuable thing that they learnt while at KLC? In semester 2 2007 we designed a very short on-line survey of 9 questions to try to answer these questions. The survey link was emailed to ex-students of KLC’s clinical courses for the past 5 years (those we could find) and the survey was kept open for 2 weeks. We received 67 responses. The respondents were fairly evenly spread across the period 2002 to 2007 with most being from 2004 and 2005 (15 each).

The DVD and workbook are intended as an induction and teaching tool for new staff, volunteers and students, on how to make an effective referral for clients who need legal advice and information. As the information provided is of a generic nature, it could be used for making a referral to almost any service or agency.  Click here for the Getting Off the Referral Roundabout video.

A short history of the Kingsford Legal Centre written by David Nichols in September 2006

 

This is the second edition of the Guide to Indigenous Legal Education – the first edition having been published in 2004.  We intend the Guide to be a useful resource for prospective Indigenous law students who wish to familiarise themselves with the programs, courses and/or support structures that are offered by Australian law schools. Additionally, we hope the Guide will be an inspiration for various universities in initiating or developing their Indigenous legal education programs.