Legal Advice Clinic

The University of South Australia's Legal Advice Clinic

The student-run UniSA Legal Advice Clinic provides confidential, free legal advice to members of the community.

Under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners, the UniSA Legal Advice Clinic is staffed by law students who offer free legal advice on a range of matters including criminal, family, debt claims, car accidents, tenancy, and neighbourhood disputes.

The Clinic is based in the Law Building at UniSA’s City West Campus, offering services from this location Monday to Friday. Free legal services are also offered at the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Fridays, and at the Elizabeth Magistrates Court each Tuesday for clients who require advice relating to Investigation Summons hearings. Free financial counselling is also available as part of the Elizabeth Magistrates Court service.

Trained in professional conduct, Clinic staff are courteous, respectful and professional at all times. Client information and enquiries are treated as completely confidential.

In addition, the Legal Advice Clinic conducts Community Legal Education (CLE) on most areas of the law and is available to run free CLE sessions for community groups. If you would like more information on our service, please contact us.

Services

Assisting those who might otherwise be denied access to justice because of financial or social disadvantage, the Clinic offers varying styles of service and advice between each of its operating locations. At its UniSA City West Campus and Port Adelaide locations the Clinic offers advice on matters concerning:

  • Car accidents
  • Consumer credit
  • Consumer disputes / complaints
  • Contract law
  • Criminal charges
  • Debt claims
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Expiation notices/court fines
  • Family law
  • Intervention orders
  • Motor vehicle issues
  • Neighbourhood disputes
  • Property damage
  • Tenancy
  • Traffic charges

 

The Clinic is unable to provide:

  • Advice to both sides in a legal dispute
  • Advice on migration law, power of attorney, personal injury claims, tax issues, and wills
  • Court representation
  • Funding for your costs or expenses
  • Legal advice over the telephone

Please ensure you bring all relevant documentation to your appointment. If we are unable to assist you with your legal matter we will refer you to the appropriate services (where possible).

Fees

Legal advice on campus

Cost: Free

Legal advice is provided on campus at UniSA City West. Initial appointments are conducted as 60 minute interviews in which you will discuss your legal problem with two UniSA law students. After the interview, the students will review your legal issue with a qualified legal practitioner.

In most instances advice will be provided to you in your initial appointment, however in some cases further research may be required. In this situation, students will provide advice to you through a follow-up appointment or by way of letter.

Appointments are preferred.

Location On campus at UniSA City West
When Monday to Friday

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court Outreach

Cost: Free

An outreach service is available to people who have matters listed in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court and require assistance or advice on traffic charges, car accidents, expiation notices, and a range of other areas of law.

Drop-in service only, appointments are not available.

Location Port Adelaide Magistrates Court
When Friday

Elizabeth Magistrates Court Outreach

Cost: Free

An outreach service is available at the Elizabeth Magistrates Court to people who have received an Investigation Summons.

The Clinic will provide advice about whether or not you have to pay the debt and can provide financial counselling, in conjunction with the Northern Community Legal Service, for you to organise a payment plan. If you dispute the debt, we can help you to negotiate with the creditor and/or advise on how you can manage the matter through court procedures.

Drop-in service only, appointments are not available.

Location Elizabeth Magistrates Court
When Tuesday

Teaching & Learning

The Clinic offers an important service to our community and it provides an opportunity for undergraduate law students to use their legal knowledge and develop their professional skills. The student-run, in-house Clinic equips students with the clinical legal skills and knowledge required for the practice of law. The Clinic aims to provide an educational environment which promotes access to justice and encourages law students to be client-centred, ethical practitioners. We develop practical legal skills by providing innovate, interesting and challenging educational opportunities for our law students and an educational environment in which students are encouraged to ask questions and learn from their mistakes.

Undergraduate law students may participate in the Clinic by enrolling in LAWS 4007: Lawyers, Ethics and Society (Advanced: Clinical Placement). Students must have already completed the course LAWS 4006: Lawyers, Ethics and Society before enrolling. For further information about the Clinic, read our 2014 Annual Report (PDF, 1mb).

If you are a postgraduate or undergraduate UniSA law student and would like further information about in participating in the Clinic please email Rachel Spencer, Director: Professional Programs.

Contact hours

UniSA City West Campus

An appointment service is offered at City West from Monday to Thursday. Upon arrival please report to the reception.

Location
Law Building (LB)
City West Campus
University of South Australia
George Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
Telephone
(08) 8302 7436
Email
lawclinic@unisa.edu.au

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

A drop-in service is offered at Port Adelaide most Fridays, appointments are not available. If the Interview Room door is closed, we ask that you please wait outside the room in the ground floor foyer. A Clinic staff member will let you know when we can see you.

Location
Interview Room 5 (opposite Courtrooms 2 and 3)
260 St Vincent Street
Port Adelaide, SA 5015
Email
lawclinic@unisa.edu.au

Elizabeth Magistrates Court

A drop-in service is offered at Elizabeth most Tuesdays, appointments are not available.

Location
15 Frobisher Road
Elizabeth, SA 5112
Email
lawclinic@unisa.edu.au

Teaching & Learning

The Clinic offers an important service to our community and it provides an opportunity for undergraduate law students to use their legal knowledge and develop their professional skills. The student-run, in-house Clinic equips students with the clinical legal skills and knowledge required for the practice of law. The Clinic aims to provide an educational environment which promotes access to justice and encourages law students to be client-centred, ethical practitioners. We develop practical legal skills by providing innovate, interesting and challenging educational opportunities for our law students and an educational environment in which students are encouraged to ask questions and learn from their mistakes.

Undergraduate law students may participate in the Clinic by enrolling in LAWS 4007: Lawyers, Ethics and Society (Advanced: Clinical Placement). Students must have already completed the course LAWS 4006: Lawyers, Ethics and Society before enrolling. For further information about the Clinic, read our 2015 Annual Report (PDF, 1mb).

If you are a postgraduate or undergraduate UniSA law student and would like further information about in participating in the Clinic please email Rachel Spencer, Director: Professional Programs.

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