Law on the Beach
Each summer the Legal Centre encourages Novocastrians needing legal advice to tap into the services they offer through Law on the Beach.
Law on the Beach is a free legal advice clinic staffed by Newcastle law students and Legal Centre lawyers in January and February annually. The clinics are held in the relaxed setting of Newcastle Surf Club and aim to make seeking legal advice more approachable particularly for young people in the community. Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Shaun McCarthy, says, "Sometimes 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".
Despite targeting younger members of the community, all members of the community are welcome to visit the legal clinic for free advice.
All questions and cases are welcome by the legal clinic team, from traffic fines to employment discrimination and everything in between. The clinics run on a 'drop-in' basis so no appointment is necessary.
Over the years, the Law on the Beach clinics have been featured in the media.
- ABC Newcastle coverage in 2015
- Newcastle Herald coverage in 2015
- Law on the Beach was also the subject of a Peter Lewis cartoon in 2015
- Sharon Claydon’s speech on Law on the Beach (18/3/15)
For further details contact the Legal Centre.