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 School students and lawyers to the community at Newcastle Beach each Wednesday for five weeks over the Australian summer. The program started this year on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Hundreds of Novacastrians (someone from Newcastle) benefit each year from the clinic’s free legal advice. At the same time, fourth-year law students gain practical experience toward 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 from January 22 to February 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Club Room at Newcastle Beach. The clinics run on a drop-in basis, so no appointment is necessary.
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