Student legal eagles offer invaluable advice for free

The award-winning Flinders Legal Advice Clinic (FLAC) has provided thousands of dollars worth of legal advice to the southern suburbs community in the past year, continuing its proud mandate of delivering free legal advice to those most in need.

The Flinders Legal Advice Clinic was established in August 2012, and is staffed by students from Flinders Law School, who are supervised by qualified solicitors.

Senior Lecturer and FLAC Director Jocelyn Milne has won several awards for her work with FLAC, the most recent prize being the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The advice offered to clinic clients has always been provided at no cost; from 1 October 2016 to 31 August 2017, FLAC performed $276,000 worth of legal work free of charge.

During the same time period, the clinic had 196 appointments and opened 117 new files in over 30 different areas of law.

The Flinders Legal Advice Clinic currently has 77 open files.

To date FLAC has provided practical experience for approximately 40 student interns and a further 53 first-year students involved in the First Year Clinic Placement program.

Working in collaboration with the Refugee Advocacy Services of South Australia (RASSA), FLAC devotes a considerable amount of time to preparing applications for refugees under the fast-track process.

The diversity of legal issues that come through the door of the clinic offer an immersive experience for Flinders’ law students, who have the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world settings while helping members of the community resolve their legal disputes.

Students also learn how to navigate the demands of the workplace and strengthen their job-readiness.

More information about the clinic an be found on the Flinders Legal Advice Clinic webpage.


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