KLC Courses

The following Law School courses are conducted at KLC:

LAWS3303/JURD7303 KLC Community Law Clinic (2 Days)

What students do at KLC

Students attend KLC two days per week and attend a weekly 2 hour class. They interview clients; write legal submissions, go to court, speak to lawyers, draft documents and legal projects (including law reform, community legal education & community work) supervised by experienced lawyers. There is a student meeting for an hour every day where students meet and reflect on justice issues which are raised during their KLC experience. Students go out into the community and meet community members at meetings and events. For further information about assessments and eligibility please consult the Handbook.

How they learn

At KLC courses students learn experientially, that is the education is a designed, managed and guided experience including detailed debriefing and class schedule to supplement this learning. The experience is the primary method of teaching. Students 'gain a deeper understanding of lawyering as a means of helping people, where human interests and values are of primary importance. There is a significant academic component to the course which includes reflection on the experience. Students also learn peer to peer through discussions at daily student meetings. Students work on real client files and interview real clients about their legal problems. This is supervised by an experienced clinical supervisor/solicitor in a very supportive environment.

Current projects

Whilst at KLC students work on legal projects as well as client files. The projects range from law reform, community development, community legal education and placement at courts. Here is a list of current KLC projects:-

  • Waverley Local Court, helping Legal Aid solicitors - Two students observe and help Legal Aid solicitors with their work on mostly criminal law matters at Waverley Local Court on a Tuesday and Thursday morning.
  • Community Legal Education to Community Workers Series - KLC runs a monthly cle for community workers on different areas of the law. A student is allocated to help manage this program • Research International Models on Sustaining Tenancies for People at Risk of Homelessness - A student works with our Law Reform and Policy Solicitor to research models of best practice in the international context for sustaining tenancies of people at risk of homelessness.
  • UN Treaty Reporting – A student helps with research on the process for Treaty reporting and create a user friendly guide for NGO’s to use to help them engage with the UN Treaty process.
  • Analysis of KLC’s Discrimination Cases - A student looks at KLC’s discrimination advice and casework to determine what are the major areas of discrimination that KLC has advised in and analyse if there are any trends. This helps us to identify law reform and policy issues.

What do students say?

“The KLC program showed me a whole new dimension to the legal world. It exposes you to the very real day to day problems of real people. It helps you to see that law is really about helping people get back on their feet. It allowed me to develop a a sense of appreciation for solicitors who work at Community Legal Centres and volunteer from the big law firms. The Solicitors at KLC really put an onus on you to take charge of the client case files while also ensuring that the work is completed with professional integrity and dependability. “

John Lee - Semester 2 2013

"Not until I graduated from Uni and started working in a law firm did I realise that working in KLC provided me with the greatest opportunity to meet clients on a daily basis, and to communicate with client in the most direct way both face to face or through the phone. From KLC, I learn to deal with clients of different characters with empathy. It was daunting at first, but definitely a rewarding experience for a student to take on board in such a supportive environment like KLC."

Grace Ip - Semester 1 2013

"There's a big difference between the law as learnt, and the law as applied. I definitely feel that my time at KLC helped me bridge that gap. Right from the start, us students were included in the life of the Centre, and got to work alongside the staff solicitors. We drafted letters, prepared submissions, and worked closely with specific client files, and on a wide variety of law reform and policy projects. We also got a really in-depth sense of the sorts of legal issues affecting the local catchment area. Having a lot of opportunities for client contact meant we got to really come to terms with the human realities of law. It wasn't always easy, but it certainly was very interesting and thought-provoking, and the staff, who are all very experienced, were welcoming and encouraging. I can't recommend a semester at KLC highly enough!"

Emma Grant – Summer Session 2013/14

“UNSW Law promotes an appreciation of the fundamental principles of the rule of law and justice for all. As part of my dual degree I undertook a semester at the Kingsford Legal Centre. It was a truly remarkable opportunity to work alongside and under the guidance of experienced legal practitioners and educators. I was able to work directly with clients, develop my professional skills, take on community legal education projects and meet interesting people. I gained a greater appreciation of the power of the law in society and the importance of ensuring that those in a disadvantaged position have access to legal help. My semester at the Kingsford Legal Centre was a rewarding experience that complemented my classroom studies in a stimulating, thought provoking and enduring way.”

Laurence Schwartz – Semester 2 2013

LAWS3304/JURD7304 KLC Community Law Clinic (1 Day)

What students do at KLC

Students attend KLC one day per week and attend a weekly 2 hour class. They interview clients; write legal submissions, go to court, speak to lawyers, draft documents and legal projects (including law reform, community legal education & community work) supervised by experienced lawyers. There is a student meeting for an hour every day where students meet and reflect on justice issues which are raised during their KLC experience. Students go out into the community and meet community members at meetings and events. For further information about assessments and eligibility please consult the Handbook:

How they learn

At KLC courses students learn experientially, that is the education is a designed, managed and guided experience including detailed debriefing and class schedule to supplement this learning. The experience is the primary method of teaching. Students 'gain a deeper understanding of lawyering as a means of helping people, where human interests and values are of primary importance. There is a significant academic component to the course which includes reflection on the experience. Students also learn peer to peer through discussions at daily student meetings. Students work on real client files and interview real clients about their legal problems. This is supervised by an experienced clinical supervisor/solicitor in a very supportive environment.

Current projects

Whilst at KLC students work on legal projects as well as client files. The projects range from law reform, community development and community legal education.. Below is a list of current KLC projects:-

  • Community Legal Education to Community Workers Series - KLC runs a monthly cle for community workers on different areas of the law. A student is allocated to help manage this program
  • Research International Models on Sustaining Tenancies for People at Risk of Homelessness - A student works with our Law Reform and Policy Solicitor to research models of best practice in the international context for sustaining tenancies of people at risk of homelessness.
  • UN Treaty Reporting – A student helps with research on the process for Treaty reporting and create a user friendly guide for NGO’s to use to help them engage with the UN Treaty process.
  • Analysis of KLC’s Discrimination Cases - A student looks at KLC’s discrimination advice and casework to determine what are the major areas of discrimination that KLC has advised in and analyse if there are any trends. This helps us to identify law reform and policy issues.

LAWS3305/JURD7305 KLC Employment Law Clinic (2 Days)

What students do at KLC

Students attend KLC two days per week and attend a weekly 2 hour class. They interview clients; write legal submissions, go to court, speak to lawyers, draft documents and legal projects (including law reform, community legal education & community work) supervised by experienced lawyers. There is a student meeting for an hour every day where students meet and reflect on justice issues which are raised during their KLC experience. Students go out into the community and meet community members at meetings and events.

How they learn

At KLC courses students learn experientially, that is the education is a designed, managed and guided experience including detailed debriefing and class schedule to supplement this learning. The experience is the primary method of teaching. Students 'gain a deeper understanding of lawyering as a means of helping people, where human interests and values are of primary importance. There is a significant academic component to the course which includes reflection on the experience. Students also learn peer to peer through discussions at daily student meetings. Students work on real client files and interview real clients about their legal problems. This is supervised by an experienced clinical supervisor/solicitor in a very supportive environment. For further information about assessments and eligibility please consult the Handbook.

Current projects

Whilst at KLC students work on legal projects as well as client files. The projects range from law reform, community development and community legal education.. Below is a list of current KLC projects:-

  • General Protections cases database - General Protections is a relatively new area of law. Students help update our database of general protections cases decided by the courts so we can keep track of how the courts are interpreting these claims.
  • Pregnancy and Return to Work inquiry - The Cth Govt has asked the Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct research into discrimination against pregnant women and people returning to work after parental leave. KLC wants to contribute our client’s experience to this research – a student will think of the best way for KLC to collect this data and contribute to the research.
  • Managing the Employment Law probono clinic - KLC runs a pro bono clinic on Wednesday mornings where solicitors from Harmers, Henry Davis York, Bartier Perry and HWL Ebsworth come to give advice. We need a student oversee the clinic – confirming solicitors are attending, looking after them when they arrive and generally making things run smoothly.

What do students say?

“My time at KLC was an invaluable experience to my law degree, as it gave me the opportunity to put into practice many of the things that I'd learnt in theory while studying. In addition to casework, each student is given a project to be in charge of and mine was running the Employment Law Pro-Bono clinic every Wednesday. The hands on experience with contacting law firms and interviewing clients each week was easily one of the highlights of my time at the centre, along with sitting in on a conciliation at the Fair Work Commission. Being given the responsibility definitely makes you appreciate the importance of the active role you play in the running of the centre. While the work was sometimes challenging, it helped that the staff were all incredibly welcoming, supportive and eager to help you develop your skills and confidence in your own ability. They were always willing to answer even the smallest question to make sure you were getting the most out of the experience, pushing you to learn and develop practical skills, which helped foster the learning environment. KLC provided me with a unique insight into the functioning of our legal system at a community level and really opened my eyes to the good work that community legal centres provide for some of the people who need it most. It was such a gratifying experience, the skills you develop and the experience you gain in such a friendly environment make it such a rewarding program and I couldn't recommend it more to anyone who is considering doing it.”

Sasha Kisrwani – Summer Session 2013/14

LAWS3340/JURD7540 KLC Family Law Community Education Clinic

 What students do at KLC

Students attend KLC one day per week and attend a weekly 2 hour seminar. Students develop community legal education seminars and materials on Family and/or Domestic Violence law which they deliver to local community members and community workers.

How they learn

At KLC courses students learn experientially, that is the education is a designed, managed and guided experience. The experience is the primary method of teaching therefore students have a direct encounter with their clients. There is also a significant academic component to the course which includes reflection on the experience. Students also learn peer to peer through discussions at daily student meetings. In practice, this means that students work on real community legal education projects in partnership with local community organisations. Students also have the opportunity to sit in on the Legal Aid Commission’s Family Law Early Intervention Unit’s outreach in a local community organisation and at their Family Court Clinic. For further information about assessments and eligibility please consult the Handbook

Current projects

  • Changes to Victim’s Compensation Law and Domestic Violence Law presentation to Staying Home Leaving Violence workers & Prince of Wales Social Work Department.
  • Developing podcasts and community radio programs on family law and domestic violence law targeted at CALD communities

What do students say?

"The KLC Family Law Clinic is no doubt one of the most exciting courses offered by UNSW Law. I was given the opportunity to participate in a couple of evening advice sessions and in doing so, I have sharpened my client facing and interviewing skills. Furthermore, the visit to the Family Court has provided me a taste of what ‘family law’ is like in real-life. Besides, we also work in a team of three to deliver community legal education to the needed ones. Last but not least, the KLC Clinic is staffed with highly qualified lawyers. They are all extremely friendly and helpful in encouraging and guiding us to achieve our goals! What else could I ask for?"

Terence Sai Hong Lee - Summer Semester 2014

LAWS1214 Foundations Enrichment 2

What students do at KLC

FE II is a course for first year Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island Students. The aim of the course is to give students an opportunity to witness law in action early in their degrees. Students attend KLC for a 2 hour session each week. They also have the opportunity to attend a KLC evening advice session. For further information about assessments and eligibility please consult the Handbook:

How they learn

This course is seminar based with an interactive learning style of presentation. Students also visit other legal organisations such as the Legal Aid Commission to find out more about their services. In addition to this students also attend KLC advice nights so that they can actually experience real law, early in their degree.

Enquires about applications to enrol in electives at KLC should be directed to Student Services on level 2 of the Law Building. For further information on studying law at UNSW, entry requirements and course descriptions please visit the UNSW Faculty of Law at www.law.unsw.edu.au/.