- Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is a hub for public interest law and debate at Melbourne Law School. PILI's range of clinical subjects enable students to contribute to the work of our community law partners and learn by working with real clients to solve real legal problems.
Events from the Public Interest Law Initiative at Melbourne Law School
Clinicians at Melbourne Law School
Lawyers who devote their time in whole or in part to teaching through clinical methods are called 'clinicians'. Clinicians have been around since the 1970s in Australia, and there is a global network of clinicians teaching in law schools all around the world. The Public Interest Law Initiative was launched in 2012 at Melbourne Law School and has achieved a great deal in two years. We now have six clinical subjects and a team of clinicians who are committed to offering a range of innovative, practical subjects and are commencing Melbourne Law School's inaugural research into clinical methodology.
Careers in Public Interest Law
There are many former Melbourne Law School (MLS) students who have practised in public interest law or have otherwise made a contribution to the field in ways beyond legal practice. This is a selection of MLS alumni perspectives on their experiences in public interest law.
PILI partners with a variety of organisations to offer students a diverse selection of clinical experiences that encapsulate the broad field of public interest law. These partnerships enable students to work directly with people who need legal assistance or legal information in a supervised and supported environment.
There are a number of student run associations and groups within Melbourne Law School that promote public interest law, access to justice and community law issues. PILI is proud to support these networks and their public interest law events and programs.
Monday 1:00pm - 2:00pmManaging the Risks of Corporate Fraud: The Evidence from Hong Kong and SingaporeSeminar/Forum TLG;CCLSR;ALC;MLS;Melbourne Law School;
Wednesday 4:30pm - 6:00pmA New Era for Mental Health Law and Policy Book LaunchLaunch MLS;Mental Health;Policy;Law;
Monday 1:00pm - 2:00pmProtecting and promoting human rights in a digital age: the responsibilities of platformsSeminar/Forum
A Crisis of Expertise? Legitimacy and the Challenge of PolicymakingConference post-truth;knowledge and society;experimentation;policymaking;Expertise;trust;innovation;Policy;
Tuesday 6:00pm - 7:00pmEast West Street: Personal Stories of International CrimeFree Public Lecture MLS;
Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:30pmAnnual Tax Lecture 2018 - Brexit vs globalisation: the economics of tax policy and the fragmentation...Seminar/Forum TG;tax;
What are the legal issues for investors funding solar roof-tops? How will laws developed in the context of traditional energy generators work for small scale energy cooperatives? These are just some of the cutting edge legal questions being asked of students in Melbourne's Sustainability Business Clinic.News
Melbourne Law School's Lucy Quinn and Joanne Kerr, in collaboration with Catherine Reid from Melbourne Graduate School of Education, have won a University of Melbourne Diversity and Inclusion Award for their implementation of the innovative subject, Street Law.News