Courses

Clinical Legal Education at Kingsford Legal Centre

Every UNSW Sydney law student will attend Kingsford Legal Centre at least once as part of their studies.  All students come to one of our advice nights and interview a real client as part of the Lawyers Ethics Justice course.  Kingsford Legal Centre also offers the below elective courses.

Please note that COVID-19 has changed the way we usually offer some of our courses.

The following law courses are conducted at KLC:

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 work on 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.

What do students say?

"I absolutely love the atmosphere at KLC with all the wonderful and friendly staff. The experience of observing how solicitors work with real clients was phenomenal and will stay with me for a long time. I am so grateful for this experience."

Term 3 2020

"Despite having to experience KLC during a pandemic, KLC has nevertheless been the highlight of my law school experience. I am so grateful to have been able to come into the Centre and get a glimpse of what it is like to work at a CLC. I really appreciate all the behind-the-scenes efforts it must've taken to keep the KLC course running this term and want to thank everyone for making it such a great experience and a memorable ending to my degree."  

Term 3 2020

"the opportunity to work with amazing people of course (the best thing about the course)! I think this course gives a unique opportunity different to volunteering at another CLC or similar law center in that the course and the supervisors are geared towards teaching and building students up into great lawyers."

Term 1 2020

 

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 work on 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.

 

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 work on 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.

What do students say?

"I absolutely loved the work environment at KLC and all the staff here. Everyone let me be my rare self and I really appreciate that. Also, I really enjoyed bring thrown in the deep-end and expected to take on so much responsibility so quickly. As scary as it appeared to be, it now feels very rewarding and would love to come back to volunteer/work here sometime in the future if possible"

Term 3 2019

"Had a great experience, thank you to everyone for being so patient and helpful and making my time at KLC so rewarding and interesting".

Term 3 2019

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.  For further information about assessments and eligibility please consult the Handbook

What do students say?

"I want to stay there longer!"

Term 3 2019

"It was an excellent experience. I really enjoyed it and would recommend to other students. I think experience at KLC should be a core subject."

Term 1 2020

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. 

Kingsford Legal Centre acknowledges the Gadigal and Bidjigal Clans, who traditionally occupied the Sydney Coast.
We respect those Elders, past and present, and thank them for allowing us to work and study on their lands

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