This clinic was run in conjunction with QUT for the first time in 2nd semester 2014. In each university semester, eight law students attend for one day a week, and are supervised by a QPILCH solicitor. The clinic focuses on enabling senior QUT law students to gain practical experience of litigation by conducting casework and research to support QPILCH's Self Representation Service. Students work with QPILCH staff to assist in the provision of legal assistance to self-represented litigants in the Queensland Supreme and District Courts, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal or the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
During the semester, students and staff invite guest speakers to discuss civil procedure topics. The guest speaker is usually a member of the judiciary, barrister or a representative of one of our member firms, Legal Aid Queensland or another community legal service.
The student's performance is assessed on the basis of a final report prepared by their supervising solicitor. The final report contributes to the student's overall grade for the subject.
The students are also required to prepare a presentation and to participate in a presentation showcase evening. The presentation relates to a topic selected by the student that is relevant to their placement. Students may choose to present their project as a poster, brochure, report, power point or presentation or a combination of these.