Young people are encouraged to tap into expertise of the University’s Legal Centre when it hits the sand for its annual Law on the Beach.

Hit the surf and source legal advice

20 January 2014

Young people needing legal advice are encouraged to tap into expertise of the University of Newcastle's Legal Centre when it slips out of the office and hits the sand for its annual Law on the Beach free community legal advice service.

Now in its 11th year, Law on the Beach brings University of Newcastle law students and lawyers to the community at Newcastle Beach each Wednesday for five weeks over summer, starting this year on Wednesday 22 January

Hundreds of Novacastrians benefit each year from the clinic's free legal advice. At the same time, fourth year law students gain practical experience towards their degree. 

Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Shaun McCarthy, said all members of the community were welcome to visit the legal clinic for free advice, but this year the Centre was focusing on the younger members of the Newcastle community.

"Often young people do not have the life experience or resources to stand up for themselves in a matter involving the law. We aim to change that by providing a casual setting to have that legal conversation," he said.

All questions and cases are welcome by the legal clinic team, from traffic fines to employment discrimination and everything in between.

The Law on the Beach clinic will run on Wednesdays January 22 and 29 and February 5, 12 and 19 from 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Club Room at Newcastle Beach. The clinics run on a drop in basis, so no appointment is necessary.

Visit www.newcastle.edu.au/lawonthebeach to stay up to date with the Law on the Beach clinic.

University of Newcastle Law on the Beach

WHEN: 9.30am - 2.30pm, January 22 and 29, February 5, 12 and 19

WHERE: Newcastle Surf Club, in the Club Room, Newcastle Beach

Contact: Carmen Swadling, Media and Public Relations
Contact Phone: +61 2 4985 4276 or 0428 038477.