Student COVID-19 Assistance Project

What is the Student COVID-19 Assistance Project?

The COVID19 Assistance Project is a policy and research clinic that will operate in Semester 2, 2020.

The Project will allow students to engage with, and contribute to, the numerous legal and policy implications of the COVID19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic. Students will work alone or in small groups (depending on the size and scope of the project) on issues identified by public interest organisations working on or responding to the pandemic.  The Project will take an interdisciplinary approach and will link with other faculties and disciplines at the University of Melbourne, including the School of Population and Global Health.

Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and its impact on every aspect of life, it is anticipated that projects will involve novel and complex questions of law and policy across a range of areas of law and legal practice. Projects may include research and analysis, literature or practice surveys, advocacy and policy.

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Subject Structure

Students will undertake approximately 12 days (or equivalent) of clinical work over the course of the semester. The subject will begin with an intensive orientation session and briefing facilitated by the Subject Coordinators. Students will meet with their partner organisation (virtually or face-to-face as required) to confirm the scope of the particular project, and will be supervised by the Subject Coordinators as well as by one or more MLS academic specialists in that area of law or practice, as well as academics from other disciplines where relevant.

Under the guidance of academic supervisors and the Subject Coordinators students will plan and collaborate with group members to carry out their project.

The clinical work will be complemented by seminars (as needed) on substantive legal topics relevant to the projects, as well as on skills relevant to the projects including organisational collaboration, legal research, persuasive writing and advocacy. Students will also participate in clinical rounds, led by the Subject Coordinators, to share their progress and build shared knowledge, and will keep a reflective journal to document their learning.

At the end of teaching period, students will present their completed work to their partner organisation as well as at a Project symposium held at MLS.


Clinical project 2500-3000 words 50%
Oral presentation 5-10 minutes 20%
Reflective writing 1000 words 20%
Participation in group meetings and discussion n/a 10%

How do I apply?

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