The University of Newcastle Legal Centre
Tap into your potential with the University of Newcastle Legal Centre
The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) is the centrepiece of our clinical program. Here students engage with the community and with legal professionals to develop practical skills in the application of the law.
We value community engagement and offer a range of services to members of the public, including free legal services, law clinics and seminars.
Law School academics Sher Campbell and Shaun McCarthy see the UNLC as a way to open pathways for students by developing both their intellectual and practical skills.
"We're not just interested in churning out lawyers; we educate the whole student and that's what we do right from the beginning." Sher Campbell
"First day on the job they're up on their feet in the court advocating for a client." Shaun McCarthy
Drop in 9am – 11.30am
No appointment needed
During University semesters
Please call to confirm that the session is running and arrive no later than 11.30am
6pm – 7.30pm
By appointment only
During University semesters
To phone the Legal Centre
Phone 02 4921 8666
Click here to find out how to get to the UNLC.
The UNLC provides free legal advice and information to members of the community on a range of matters including:
- Family law
- Victim's compensation
- Criminal law
- Wills, powers of attorney, enduring guardianship
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Consumer and fair trading issues
- Neighbour disputes
- Public interest matters
- Mental health
- Social security
Law students completing the University of Newcastle Practice Program assist UNLC and volunteer lawyers with client interviews and casework.
When you visit the UNLC, your initial meeting will be with a law student. You will then meet with a UNLC solicitor or a volunteer lawyer who may be able to provide you with legal advice in your matter.
We may be able to take on your case, depending on:
- Whether your case will assist our students in their legal education
- Your financial situation
- The likelihood of success in your case
- Whether a UNLC solicitor is available to take your case
- Whether there are issues of a potential miscarriage of justice or potential for law reform.
The UNLC undertakes cases in the public interest. Find out more information on our previous public interest cases.
If we cannot assist you, we will refer you to someone who may be able to help.
The UNLC additionally provides free legal advice to all students of the University of Newcastle on campus at Callaghan and Ourimbah.
Law on the Beach is a free legal advice clinic staffed by University of Newcastle Practice Program students and UNLC lawyers. Held in a relaxed setting at Newcastle Surf Club, it is run during January and February each year. This clinic is specifically directed towards young people, but is also available to members of the community who are disadvantaged in dealing with the legal system and would not otherwise be able to afford private legal services.
This clinic is staffed by an Environmental Law Lecturer and students studying environmental law. It offers members of the community free legal advice on environmental law matters of public interest. Legal advice sessions are held on Wednesdays during University semesters by appointment.
During University semesters Professional Program students and UNLC lawyers offer free legal advice to members of the community on a drop in basis. Clinics are held on Wednesdays between 9:00am and 11:30am on the following days:Semester 2
'Thanks heaps to the law students for assisting us with this
case. It's been a long time but finally we won.'
C.Y., international student.
Visit us at our Pop Up to talk to a Legal Centre Lawyer.
Tuesday 14 October from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Auchmuty Courtyard.
Legal Centre can help you with issues such as traffic fines, rental
agreements, family disputes or employment discrimination.
Students can also meet with the Legal Centre virtually via Skype!