Master of Laws 'Access to Justice' stream

In partnership with international law firm LK, 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'

Expression of Interest

Access to Justice stream

With a commitment to increasing access to the justice system, LK 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.

  • Key dates

    Key dates
    27 July 2022 EOI applications open
    19 August 2022 EOI applications for Access to Justice stream deadline
    29 August - 2 September 2022 Selection process including interviews
    Early September 2022 Successful students notified
    Open now Enrolments for 2023 LLM courses
    January 2023 Law Clinic Part A - two week induction at AJP practice
    February 2023 Semester 1, 2023 commences
  • Expression of Interest to the Master of Laws & Access to Justice

    If you are interested, you should submit an application letter of no longer than 2 pages explaining your interest in the program, a copy of your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable) and a CV. Your application letter may address the selection criteria below in so far as they are relevant to you (although it is not necessary to address each criterion in detail).

    Selection criteria
    1. Passion for and an interest in promoting access to justice.
    2. Qualities of open-mindedness, creativity, diligence, resilience, empathy, honesty and integrity.
    3. Willingness and capacity to engage positively with a wide range of people and to work collaboratively as part of a team.
    4. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    5. Academic accomplishment and aptitude for understanding and applying the law.
    6. Interest or experience in legal practice and civil litigation in particular.
    7. Willingness and capacity to carry out legal and administrative tasks within a technologically focused practice environment.
    8. Willingness and capacity to work at the AJP 3 days a week and to devote 2 days a week to LLM research and coursework throughout the program.

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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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