Western Sydney University Justice Clinic

Who are we?

The Western Sydney University Justice Clinic is a Western Sydney University experiential learning program where law students gain practical lawyering experience while critically reflecting on the role of the law and of lawyers in advancing Justice.

What do we do?

Western Sydney University Justice Clinic students work under the supervision of the School of Law Clinical Director and the Clinic Solicitor. The specific placement activities and opportunities align with clinic projects each semester. They will ordinarily include:

  • Working on advice, casework, policy development, submissions and/or research and reporting in substantive law reform or access to justice projects; and
  • Participating in client instruction and advice appointments run by the Student Legal Service and/or Community Legal Centres.

Please note that the Western Sydney University Justice Clinic does not have a drop in service or general advice line.

If you are a Western Sydney University student requiring legal assistance please contact the Student Legal Service.

If you are a member of the Western Sydney community and you require legal assistance please contact the Western Sydney Community Legal Centre.

Clinic Project and Partnerships

Western Sydney University Justice Clinic work will respond to, and inform, identified law reform and access to justice issues, especially those relevant to the Western Sydney community.

The Western Sydney University Justice Clinic seeks to build ongoing relationships with community stakeholders and partners to inform its work and for project collaborations.

Clinic Location and Operating Hours

The Western Sydney University Justice Clinic is located in the Parramatta Community Justice Centre

Building 1PSQ
Room 14, Level 2
169 Macquarie street
Parramatta NSW 2150

Students attend the Western Sydney University Justice Clinic or at an alternative equivalent site (such as a CLC) on a designated day a week (usually on Tuesdays or Thursdays) for 12 weeks in a semester.

Clinic Academic Staff

School of Law Clinical Director
Jenni Whelan

Jenni has worked as a human rights lawyer for 25 years. She has worked in Australia’s domestic legal system as an in-house government and NGO lawyer, as a Tribunal member and as a human rights implementation consultant. She worked for over a decade at the Australian Human Rights Commission including as Counsel Assisting on the Stolen Children Inquiry and as instructing solicitor for the Commission’s intervention in the High Court 'Malaysian Solution' case. She has been the Legal Director at the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and a Legal Member of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal and a Guardian Ad Litem of the Children’s Court. She has worked extensively as a human rights consultant to Government, NGOs’ and corporations including as an Expert on the Rights of the Child to the Australian Defence Force. Jenni has also worked in the international human rights system as Legal Counsel for Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions. Jenni has lectured in discrimination and human rights law for over 20 years and has been the Director of Experiential learning at UNSW Law and co-director of the UNSW Human Rights Clinic. Jenni has led and supervised international and domestic clinic projects in partnership with community and other stakeholders. These projects focused on testing aspects of law, policy or practice to strategically advance the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers and other vulnerable groups. Jenni was appointed as the Clinical Director of Western Sydney University School of Law in March 2020 and will work closely with domestic and international stakeholders on access to justice and law reform projects with Western’s emerging social justice lawyers.

Enrolling in the Clinic

Jenni Whelan School of Law
Clinical Director
j.whelan@westernsydney.edu.au

Rita Mifsud
Clinic Project Officer
r.mifsud@westernsydney.edu.au