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What we do

The John Curtin Law Clinic is part of the Curtin University Law School. We provide legal advice and assistance to eligible clients who cannot afford to obtain paid legal assistance and are ineligible to receive other pro bono legal services in the following areas:

  • Small business disputes advice service – for small businesses which need advice or assistance with a dispute
  • Discrimination law advice service – for people who have been the subject of unlawful discrimination*

Advice and assistance is provided by final-year law students who are supervised by qualified and experienced legal practitioners

*Please note that we do not usually assist with disability discrimination matters because Sussex Street Community Law Services Inc has expertise and funding to assist clients who have experienced disability discrimination. For more information, please visit their website.

Some of the things we can help with are:

  • Identifying your legal options
  • Filling out court forms
  • Drafting basic agreements
  • Legal research about your matter

Assistance

  • The law clinic is located in the Perth CBD, at the Curtin Law School city campus.
  • We have limited resources and we will not be able to assist with all requests for legal advice. If we cannot help you, we may be able to refer you to another organisation that can.
  • Interviews are by appointment only.
  • We are open during University teaching periods. Outside of teaching periods, existing clients will continue to receive assistance however we will not be able to take on new clients.
  • To make an appointment, please submit one of our application forms.

What we don’t do

We DO NOT assist in the following areas of law:

  • Criminal
  • Defamation
  • Family
  • Personal injury
  • Wills and estates
  • Medical negligence
  • Migration
  • Welfare

For assistance regarding taxation matters, you may wish to contact the Curtin Tax Clinic.

Application for assistance

Small Business Dispute Clinic
Discrimination Clinic

Small Business Dispute Clinic

Your details
Note: If the small business is a company, you will be required to provide a recent ‘ASIC Current and Historical company extract’ (currently $17) as part of the Law Clinic’s intake process. This will be discussed further if the application is accepted.
Matter details

(100 words or less)
Internet SearchCurtin Staff Member or StudentWord of mouthReferral (please specify)
Financial Circumstances

Please note that John Curtin Law Clinic prioritises assisting small business which could not otherwise afford legal assistance. You may be asked to sign a statutory declaration about your finances in the future.

Acknowledgements

I acknowledge that:
I have the authority to make this application or have obtained written authority to make this application on behalf of the organisation (a copy of which will be provided at the initial meeting);
The John Curtin Law Clinic has limited resources and cannot assist every applicant. Assistance of applicants is in the sole discretion of John Curtin Law Clinic.
The John Curtin Law Clinic has limited resources and cannot assist every applicant. Assistance of applicants is in the sole discretion of John Curtin Law Clinic.
I remain responsible for meeting all Court commitments or commencing all legal action within the statutory limits.
I cannot afford to pay for legal assistance with this matter.

Personal information collected is handled in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. Further information on privacy at Curtin University is available on the Curtin University privacy web page.

Discrimination Clinic

Your details
Internet SearchCurtin Staff Member or StudentWord of mouthReferral (please specify)
The matter you are seeking assistance with:

If you been affected by disability discrimination, please contact Sussex Street Community Law Services Inc who have expertise in this area. Their contact details are:
Phone: (08) 6253 9500
Local Call: 1300 648 655
TXT 0449 227 815
TTY 9470 2831
Legal@sscls.asn.au
Visit their website

Who is the other party involved?

Matter details

(100 words or less)
Equal Opportunity CommissionState Administrative TribunalFederal Court or Federal Circuit Court of AustraliaHuman Rights and Equal Opportunity CommissionFair Work CommissionWA Industrial Relations Commission

Note: If there are current court/tribunal/commission proceedings, please bring copies of the relevant documents and correspondence to your first appointment.

Financial Circumstances

Please note that John Curtin Law Clinic prioritises assisting clients who cannot not otherwise afford legal assistance.

Acknowledgement

By submitting this application, I acknowledge that:
John Curtin Law Clinic has limited resources and cannot assist every applicant. Assistance of applicants is in the sole discretion of John Curtin Law Clinic.
John Curtin Law Clinic cannot, except in exceptional circumstances, assess my application or assist me on an urgent basis.
I remain responsible for meeting all Court commitments or commencing all legal action within the required time periods.
I cannot afford to pay for legal assistance. Please note that we may ask you to sign a statutory declaration about your finances before we can provide you with assistance.

Personal information collected is handled in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. Further information on privacy at Curtin University is available on the Curtin University privacy web page.