Below is an overview of the Public Law and Government Committee's current and past activities.
Constitutional Law Student Essay Competition
The Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Essay Competition is an initiative by the Public Law and Government Committee to allow interested law students to write on topical areas of constitutional law. This competition is aimed directly at law student members and takes place annually. The questions for the competition are varied and include options to write on a range of contemporary consitutional issues, with a focus on areas unlikely to be explored as part of an ordinary undergraduate law program. The winners are selected by Sir Anthony Mason QC and an Awards Night is held to celebrate the entrants' achievements.
All enquiries should be directed to the Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Speakers ad Networking Opportunities
The Committee arranges guest speakers to attend its monthly meetings to provide individual practitioner perspectives about careers in administrative, constitutional or government law. Past guest speakers have included Senior Legal and Policy Officers within Government Departments, a Parliamentary Secretary, practitioners working in Community Legal Centres and solicitors from firms that have government clients. The Committee also works closely with its parent committee, the Law Society's Government Solicitor's Committee, to arrange networking opportunities for its members.
The Committee produces a monthly E-bulletin that contains case notes for recent administrative and constitutional law matters, summaries of relevant speeches or CLE seminars, details about recent or upcoming parliamentary inquiries and legislative reform proposals relevant to the practice areas and information about the committee’s activities.
The Committee has worked on the following submissions since the 2008 Annual Assembly:
- Joint Submission with the Civil Litigation Committee, Human Rights Committee and BushWeb Regional Issues Committee on Access to Justice Arrangements (November 2013)
- Joint Submission with the Civil Litigation Committee on Judicial Review in Australia (July 2011)
- Joint Submission with the Human Rights Committee on the National Human Rights Consultation (May 2009)
- Joint Submission with the Human Rights Committee and the International Law Committee on Religion and belief in 21st Century (March 2009).
Minutes from previous meetings
Please contact the Committee Chair for the minutes of our latest meetings.
Careers Guide to Public Law and Government 2009
The Careers Guide aims to provide legal students and practitioners with a better insight into the range of jobs and careers available in the areas of public law and in government.
The Guide profiles a range of positions, from entry-level paralegal positions, positions in academia, the Bar and the New South Wales and Commonwealth public service, through to the most coveted and prestigious positions in the legal fraternity.
It provides information on various law firms who deal with public law matters, various state and Commonwealth agencies and the types of opportunities available, including summer clerkships, graduate programs and associateships.