Master of Laws 'Access to Justice' specialisation

In partnership with international law firm Lipman Karas, the University of Adelaide Master of Laws Access to Justice is the first of its kind in Australia; a Masters qualification that gives you the opportunity to give back to the community and contribute to greater social justice while you study.

Master of Laws

Studying law is more challenging and intellectually adventurous than ever before. In an expanding and evolving legal landscape, extended development is a strategic door opener.

Our Master of Laws is suited to students proceeding directly from undergraduate study, as well as experienced legal practitioners looking to specialise.

Access to justice

Are you passionate about the pursuit of equal access to justice?

Do you want to be mentored by the brightest minds in the industry whilst making a difference in people's lives through your practice?

You can have it all with the Master of Laws 'Access to Justice'. Applications are now open for 2021.

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Access to Justice specialisation

With a commitment to increasing access to the justice system, Lipman Karas has established a ‘low-bono’ legal practice called The Accessible Justice Project.

The legal practice has been created to provide affordable legal advice to members of the community who don’t qualify for publicly funded legal assistance, but can’t afford the ongoing costs of a private lawyer; a group often under-supported in our justice system.

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  • Key dates

    Key dates
    27th April 2021

    Applications for Access to Justice Specialisation Deadline

    10th -14th May 2021 Selection process including interviews
    16th June 2021 LLM offer to finalised for students interested in the Access to Justice Specialisation
    1st June 2021 Successful students notified. Enrolments finalised into specialisation courses for 2020 (2021 Enrolments in December) 
    12th-23rd July 2021

    Law Clinic Part A- two week induction at AJP practice

    26th July 2021 Semester 2 commences
  • Application to the Master of Laws & Access to Justice

    • First you must complete and submit the Expression of Interest (EOI) form below. This is to officially state your interest in applying for the ‘Access to Justice’ specialisation. 
    • Lodge an application for our Master of Laws program, if you are a domestic applicant you can apply online via SATAC  by the 11th of June 2021. (code 3CM069).
    Please provide your curriculum vitae

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    Referee 2

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    Selection criteria

    Please attach an application letter, addressing the key selection criteria below and explaining your interest in the program. A major component of the degree is the Access to Justice Dissertation, undertaken in the second semester of study. If you have any preliminary ideas of a dissertation topic or an area of focus for that work, please describe that within your letter. Application letters should be no longer than 4 A4 pages.

    Key selection criteria

    1. Shared passion for the purpose of The Accessible Justice Project.
    2. Academic accomplishment.
    3. Demonstrated interest, knowledge and / or experience in issues related to access to justice.
    4. Demonstrated interest, knowledge and / or experience in the use of technology to enhance access to justice.
    5. Demonstrated interest, knowledge and / or experience in civil litigation.
    6. Willingness and capacity to operate comfortably within a technologically focused practice environment and with a digitally based practice management system.
    7. High level of competence in Microsoft Office suite of software.
    8. Willingness and capacity to work in the new legal practice 3 days a week over the course of a calendar year.
    9. Willingness and capacity to devote 2 days a week to LLM research and coursework over the course of a calendar year.
    10. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    11. Willingness and capacity to engage positively with a wide range of people, including diverse client base, colleagues, office staff, opposing solicitors and counsel and court staff;
    12. Open minded, innovative, collaborative, hardworking, empathetic, resilient and of the highest integrity.
    13. Demonstrated experience of achieving outcomes as part of a group.

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  • Study plan

  • Frequently asked questions

    First you must complete and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form closing date 11:59 PM 27th April, 2021. You will need to apply for our Master of Laws (LLM) program by the 11th of June, 2021.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Student stories

Law student Tayne Redman on improving access to justice through industry innovation

Master of Laws ‘Access to Justice’ student Tayne Redman wants to make a difference in the lives of others through the practice of law. With the opportunity to get paid, hands-on experience as part of The Accessible Justice Project, Tayne has assisted the community in accessing much needed legal services whilst gaining the critical networks and skills necessary for success.

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Passion for people leads to lasting change for law student Guglielmo Plain

The opportunity to make a meaningful social impact during his studies was a major drawcard for Master of Laws ‘Access to Justice’ student Guglielmo Plain.  Bridging theory and practice as part of The Accessible Justice Project, Guglielmo provides paid legal services to vulnerable community members whilst receiving guidance from senior legal professionals.

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How student Cheryll Rosales created a real-world impact by improving access to justice

Helping people has always been a core value for Master of Laws ‘Access to Justice’ student Cheryll Rosales. The opportunity to get paid whilst studying, and gain real-world experience helping vulnerable community members access legal services was a dream. Through The Accessible Justice Project, this dream has come true

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Bridging the gap between theory and practice with law student Mario Pegoli

The opportunity to earn money whilst he studied was a major drawcard for Master of Laws student Mario Pegoli. Undertaking the Access to Justice Specialisation, Mario gained paid, practical legal experience with one of Adelaide’s leading law firms, whilst giving back to the community as part of The Accessible Justice Project.

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