Some of the next generation
of social justice campaigners will gain first-hand experience in public
interest litigation and advocacy this month when PIAC launches its new social
Eight students will
take part in PIAC’s inaugural Social Justice Clinical Summer Course, which
starts in Sydney on 6 February and is run in partnership with Sydney University
The four-day course is
followed by a 12-day placement at PIAC.
PIAC staff with
expertise in specialist fields such as public interest litigation, advocacy and
campaigning will run some of the course sessions. Guest presenters, Jen
Robinson, one of the leading members of the legal team representing Wikileaks
founder Julian Assange, will run other sessions.
Students will be
challenged to consider social justice and its role in their legal careers. They
will explore legal and non-legal strategies that may be used to achieve social
justice outcomes for disadvantaged clients and the communities they represent.
The social justice course
will be run in addition to PIAC’s established elective for law students: Practising in the Public Interest.