Legal Advice Clinic

Providing free, confidential legal advice to members of the South Australian community.

Based at UniSA’s City West campus, the Legal Advice Clinic provides advice on a range of matters including criminal, family, debt claims, car accidents, tenancy, and neighbourhood disputes.

Staffed by law students, you will be offered free legal advice under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners.

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

The Clinic offers three free legal advice services located at UniSA City West campus, Port Adelaide Magistrates Court and Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

Appointments at our UniSA City West campus location are essential. 

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 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).

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.

Fees

UniSA City West Campus

Legal service: Free
Our on-campus Clinic offers advice on matters such as criminal, family, debt claims, car accidents, tenancy and neighbourhood disputes.

Initial appointments are 60-minute interviews where 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.

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Outreach service: Free
This service is available if you have a matter listed in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court and require assistance or advice on a range of areas including traffic charges, car accidents and expiation notices.

This is a drop-in service only (appointments are not available).

Elizabeth Magistrates Court

Outreach service: Free
This service is available if you have received an Investigation Summons. We will provide advice on whether 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 advise on court process and how you can manage your debt matter.

This is a drop-in service only (appointments are not available).

Teaching & Learning

The Clinic offers an important community service and provides an opportunity for undergraduate law students to use their legal knowledge and develop their professional skills. The student-run 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.

Contact

UniSA City West Campus  OpenClosed

Please contact us by telephone to arrange an appointment. If you leave a message for us to return your call, we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.

Telephone: (08) 8302 7436
You may also make an appointment by reporting to the Law Building reception Monday–Friday.

Location
UniSA City West campus
Level 1 (Ground Floor), Law Building
Corner of George Street and Hindley Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Clinic hours
Monday-Friday 9:00pm-5:00pm

Port Adelaide Magistrates Court  OpenClosed

Drop-in service only. If interview room door is closed, please wait outside the room in the foyer and a Clinic staff member will collect you.

Location
Port Adelaide Magistrates Court
Interview Room 5 (opposite Courtrooms 2 and 3)
260 St Vincent Street
Port Adelaide SA 5015

Clinic hours
Wednesdays only, 9:30pm-2:30pm

Public transport options are within a 10-15 min walk of the court. Please visit adelaidemetro.com.au for further details.

Elizabeth Magistrates Court  OpenClosed

Drop-in service only. Please report at the Court volunteer desk and a Clinic staff member will collect you.

Location
Elizabeth Magistrates Court
15 Frobisher Road
Elizabeth SA 5112

Clinic hours
Tuesdays only, 9:30pm-2:30pm

Public transport options are within a 10-15 min walk of the court. Please visit adelaidemetro.com.au for further details.

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