At the Sydney Law School, we offer a range of opportunities for you to engage in social justice law reform.
Students work in teams, in their own time, on a project of their choosing with the advice of a Law School academic, to support the law reform efforts of community and public sector agencies. These agencies are over-worked and under-resourced, and often lack the time or resources to carry out the research necessary to support their law reform efforts.
Students respond to briefs from partner agencies to research and report on current and emerging law reform issues. This co-curricular activity enables you to apply your skills and knowledge in support of efforts to improve the legal system.
Past projects include barriers to justice for Indigenous peoples and people with a disability, mental health care for prisoners, and regulation of retirement communities.
You can study issues of law and social justice for credit in one of our Law clinics. The clinical units enable you to apply classroom knowledge to real-world issues, to reflect on development as a social justice lawyer, and to develop skills in applied researching and client interaction.
The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) also runs a number of social justice programs for students to be involved in, including: a Juvenile Justice Mentoring Scheme; a Refugee Language Tutoring Program; a Social Justice and Public Interest Careers Mentoring Program; and an annual social justice conference.
"Participating in the University of Sydney Law School social justice program was an eye-opening experience where I learnt that a law degree is a tool that arms graduates with valuable skills to work in the field of social justice.
Seeing firsthand the dedication and perseverance of people who work in the non-profit sector has consolidated my desire to work in human rights law upon the completion of my studies.”
"For the first time, I could see a tangible link between the work I was doing and the impact on the lives of others: this was a wonderful and humbling experience.
During this placement I gained real insight into the world of public interest lawyering. I worked to prepare Protection Visa applications, undertook country-of-origin research and supported RACS solicitors in their daily work."