Law for Change’s work is driven by its branches and supported by its national structure to facilitate cross-branch/umbrella projects. It is sometimes hard to clearly delineate what is a ‘national’ project and what is a ‘branch’ project, since they all feed into each other in various ways.

With that ambiguity in mind, this page features projects co-ordinated at a national level and/or intended for national distribution. Click on the various branch pages to see the things they have been getting up to and if it sounds like your kind of thing, give them a call to ask about getting involved! If you like what another branch is doing and want to see it happening in your area, do the same!

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2012 Launch Events Nationwide

Across three evenings in Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington, over 350 students came together for two hours of discussion about how lawyers and law students can realise their passion for helping others. The events featured an hour of speeches by young people who are involved with and interested in using law to make a difference. These were followed by an hour of small workshops on different aspects of public interest law – human rights, environmental law and overseas internships were just a few of the topics discussed in the 7 workshop spaces.

Read more about the launch events in Advocate (pp 20-21).

Public Interest Law Handbook

Law For Change Dunedin has worked hard to produce a handbook which lays out opportunities for public interest legal work in New Zealand and overseas. Often it can feel difficult or confusing to find work you love. This handbook, inspired by overseas examples, lays out a host of opportunities to get your hands dirty with work that makes a difference and uses your legal skills. We hope that it can be an inspiration for students seeking out public interest legal work, as well as offering tangible opportunities available to people right now.

Read the New Zealand Public Interest Law Handbook here.