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Applications for the 2024 Program will open from Thursday 01 February to 5pm Thursday 29 February 2024

The annual Just Leadership Program (JLP) is an initiative of the Monash LSS Social Justice & Equity portfolio. This prestigious and competitive program aims to facilitate collaboration, curiosity and passion in social justice and equity issues in the law, affording selected students the opportunity to listen to, learn from, and network with high profile speakers. 
Participants attend ten seminars (including the Introductory Night, and Graduation and Public Lecture) focused on a range of current social justice issues. These seminars are conducted in an interactive Q&A format, allowing students to ask questions directly to our panels of esteemed guest speakers and engage in eye-opening discussions with each other. 
The diversity of each panel provides participants the opportunity to gain valuable insight from industry professionals and individuals with experience in the particular social justice issue. Past speakers include the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Professor Gillian Triggs, Andrew MacLeod and Julian Burnside QC.
Participants will conclude the program with an increased understanding of each topic discussed. Participants also enhance their leadership and collaboration skills by undertaking a group project throughout the entire program. The project will relate to one of the eight seminar topics, which are allocated based on their interests and experience. Participants are granted creative direction over their project, with past projects ranging from written law reform, parliamentary submissions, and resources or interactive seminars for students. 
At the conclusion of the program, participants are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony, where one group will be awarded a bursary to support the continued improvement and completion of their project. The Graduation Ceremony is then followed by a Public Lecture delivered by an esteemed guest speaker, to which all law students are invited. 
The Graduation Ceremony and Public Lecture will take place on Tuesday 01st of October 2024 at the Clayton Campus.



Applications for the 2024 program will open on Thursday February 01st 2024 and will close on Thursday 29th February, 2024 at 5pm.
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Students will be selected based on their commitment to social justice and equity issues, relevant work and lived experience, and ability to collaborate within a team.
Please feel free to direct any questions to Ally at


2024 Program Dates and Seminar Topics

Introductory Seminar: Thursday 14 March 6:00 - 9:00pm
Addiction and the Law: Tuesday 19 March 6:30 - 8:30pm
Queer Rights: Tuesday 26 March 6:30 - 8:30pm
Rights of Refugees and Asylum Speakers: Tuesday 30 April 6:30 - 8:30pm
Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Tuesday 14 May 6:30 - 8:30pm
Rights for People with a Disability: Tuesday 21 May 6:30 - 8:30pm
Environmental Justice: Tuesday 27 August 6:30pm-8:30pm
Housing Rights: Tuesday 03 September 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Women's Rights: Tuesday 10 September 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Graduation and Public Lecture: Tuesday 01 October 11:30am - 3:30pm

2022 JLP Public Lecture with the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

On Thursday 6 October 2022, the Hon. Michael Kirby attended Monash Clayton where he delivered the 2022 Public Lecture on the topic of 'Global LGBTQIA+ Rights: Good News/Bad News. To listen, click on the recording below.



The Public Lecture is held for all students, whilst also celebrating the conclusion of the Just Leadership Program. Dr Kirby attended the JLP Graduation in the afternoon during his Monash visit.

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