The clinical programs at the ANU College of Law are courses for which students receive credit to their degree. The clinics are oriented to social justice issues, as well as giving students an opportunity to provide direct services to people in need.
Clinical legal education is a highly effective way to teach law. It requires a staff-student ratio that is higher than is usually possible under the Commonwealth funding model for legal education (which places no value on the effective study of ethical and social dimensions of law), and it requires the availability of placement sites for students to attend. Judy Harrison (currently on leave) is the Director of the clinical program at the ANU College of Law.
The program offers three undergraduate clinical placement courses: