Transforming teaching and learning

11 January 2021

Because of you...

Students can fulfil a community need

The opportunity for law students to immerse themselves in real-world legal issues is invaluable. UQ’s Pro Bono Centre provides this platform, as well as a vital resource to help meet community legal needs. 

Established in 2009, and supported by the generosity of donors like you, the Pro Bono Centre connects law students with lawyers and community agencies, to assist with pro bono work and improve access to justice for those who need it most. Students assist with a variety of critical research, including coercive control, climate activism, human rights in Papua New Guinea, the therapeutic effects of coronial investigations, and the use of the death penalty in Asia. 

Throughout the campaign, the support of donors has enabled 696 UQ law students to participate in pro bono projects, and Caitlin Philp says the opportunity to be an active part of legal issues affecting society was incredible. 

“The pro bono roster has allowed me to apply my legal skills to social justice objectives,” says Philp. 

“I began with the Women’s Legal Service, as a paralegal for the duty lawyer during domestic violence hearings. It was extremely interesting to work in a feminist organisation and understand how the law interacts with disadvantaged women.” 

Thank you for providing students with a fulfilling pathway to put their learning into practice and contribute to meeting community needs of the utmost importance.

Return to the 2020 Donor Impact Report.