The Newcastle Law School recently sent six of its final year Law students to Thailand on a work integrated learning placement with Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education (BABSEA CLE). This non-profit, non-governmental organisation seeks to promote access to justice and sustainable development throughout the Southeast Asian region.
Amanda Dixon, Sarah Hammond, Laura Bereicua, Clare Harris, Rani Krechster and Kia Daley spent four weeks living and working as the locals do in the northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai. Despite the challenges and limited conveniences, the students wholeheartedly embraced the experience. They worked alongside Thai staff and the directors of BABSEA CLE to empower vulnerable individuals and communities to create and strengthen sustainable legal and rights-based education programs. They also helped establish and support university-based Clinical Legal Education programs throughout Thailand.
Highlights of the trip included volunteering at a refuge for single mothers, visiting Chiang Mai Provincial Court and developing a mock trial to be used as a teaching aid in university law schools in Thailand and Myanmar.
With the placement turning out to be a great success, it is hoped that this will become an integral part of Newcastle Law School’s placement program.