For university students

This curated program includes events for law students and those with an interest in the legal system, along with general events covering issues that affect university students.

There may also be events in the general program that will interest you. Check out the general program.

Monday 17 May

New rent rules – ask us about your responsibilities and rights

Come to the State Library of Victoria, where experts from Consumer Affairs Victoria can answer your questions about the new rent rules.

Presented by Consumer Affairs Victoria


8:00am – 5:00pm


The Neighbourhood Justice Centre – inspiring others

Hear from the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) and its program partners as they discuss how the NJC’s innovations have been adopted across the justice sector in Australia and internationally.

Presented by Neighbourhood Justice Centre


9:00am – 10:00am


Stalking and law reform – the role of the VLRC

This session will explore the role and functions of the VLRC and its current enquiry into stalking.

Presented by Victorian Law Reform Commission


Mock bail hearing in the Online Magistrates’ Court

See how the Online Magistrates’ Court works and how it contributes to access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


12:00pm – 1:00pm


What’s in a sentence?

In this webinar a panel of three judges, including the Chief Judge of the County Court, will discuss all things sentencing and answer your questions.

Presented by County Court of Victoria


1:00pm – 2:00pm


Tuesday 18 May

Know your rights – tenancy & tenants’ rights

Learn about your rights as a tenant at this interactive session being held at the Caroline Springs Library.

Presented by Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre


10:30am – 12:00pm


Consent, sexting, sex offences and sexual harassment

This webinar for teenagers and young adults under 25 will explore the laws about consent, sexting, sex offences and sexual harassment.

Presented by Youthlaw


11:00am – 12:00pm


A day in the life of an MCV court registrar

In this webinar you will learn all about court registrars in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Presented by Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


11:00am – 12:00pm


Victoria’s rental laws have changed – know your rights as a tenant

Learn about the changes to rent arrears, repairs and minimum standards, and find out about the new terminology used to talk about tenancies so that you feel confident in pursuing your rights.

Presented by ARC Justice


11:00am – 12:00pm


The role of the Ombudsman – a new age of human rights?

Learn how human rights are protected and promoted in Victoria by the Victorian Ombudsman and the courts.

Presented by Melbourne Law School


1:00pm – 2:00pm


Women in the law

A panel of female County Court judges, researchers and lawyers speak about their career experiences and explore what needs to be done to ensure women going through the justice system are treated fairly and equitably.

Presented by County Court of Victoria


1:00pm – 2:00pm


Your rights at work

Find out about common issues in the workplace that you might experience, your rights as an employee and where you can go to get help.

Presented by Eastern Community Legal Centre and Whitehorse Manningham Libraries


2:00pm – 3:00pm


Changes for casuals – update on your working rights for young people

This participant-driven webinar will explain the changes to the law relating to casual employees – be empowered with the information you need to stand up for your own rights at work!

Presented by JobWatch


4:00pm – 5:00pm


The importance of the Koori Court

Hear from a magistrate in the Koori Court about how it operates, why it was introduced and its impact.

Presented by Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


4:00pm – 5:00pm


Book launch – ‘Better Law for a Better World’

This book launch will include an interactive discussion with author Liz Curran and other experts about the how the law might become more responsive to community needs.

Presented by Readings


6:30pm – 8:00pm


Wednesday 19 May

Fines and unfair treatment – make a complaint in 7 minutes

Visit the Victorian Ombudsman team outside the State Library Victoria to chat about your concerns, answer your questions, and get help lodging a complaint.

Presented by Victorian Ombudsman


10:00am – 12:00pm


Meet your Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass

The Victorian Ombudsman holds the public sector accountable. Meet your Ombudsman outside the State Library Victoria.

Presented by Victorian Ombudsman


12:00pm – 1:00pm


Bendigo future court and coffee pop up

Come to the Bendigo Library and learn about the different ways that Bendigo’s future law court will put local people and the community first.

Presented by Court Services Victoria


1:00pm – 3:00pm


Know your free legal research resources

Discover online resources for legal research and guidance, and learn how to use key research websites.

Presented by The Law Library of Victoria


1:15pm – 1:45pm


Discrimination in the workplace for CALD youths

This webinar for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds will explore what to do if faced with discrimination at work.

Presented by Lander & Rogers


3:00pm – 4:00pm


From headlines to frontline – public international law in action

Learn about what public international law is, where it pops up in our domestic law and how it’s relevant to our legal system in Victoria.

Presented by International Commission of Jurists Victoria


5:30pm – 6:30pm


Your super, your future

This session for young workers will explain how to protect your superannuation, including what to do if your employer isn’t paying your super correctly.

Presented by Young Workers Centre


6:00pm – 7:30pm


Thursday 20 May

No jab, no job?

This lunchtime webinar will focus on some of the potential implications of the COVID-19 vaccine on employee rights.

Presented by McDonald Murholme


10:00am – 11:00am


Courts and the media

A panel of judges and members of the County Court’s Media Team will explore the relationship between media and the court. Discover the role that media play in the delivery of justice, how to report on court cases responsibly and accurately, and the limits on what can be reported on.

Presented by County Court of Victoria


1:00pm – 2:00pm


Where do I start – unreported judgments

In this session you will learn how to find unreported judgements or decisions from Victorian courts and tribunals, including what to do if a judgement is not available online.

Presented by The Law Library of Victoria


1:15pm – 1:45pm


A day in the life of an MCV court registrar

In this webinar you will learn all about court registrars in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Presented by Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


2:00pm – 3:00pm


Putting the court user first – responding to changing need

Learn how the Court Network telephone service was established, the support it can offer people going to court, and how this referral pathway can assist community and support workers.

Presented by Court Network


2:00pm – 3:00pm


Activism, surveillance, and digital security awareness

This panel discussion, hosted by Melbourne Activist Legal Support, will explore the use of digital surveillance technologies.

Presented by Melbourne Activist Legal Support


5:30pm – 6:30pm


Friday 21 May

Assessment & Referral Court – mental health and the therapeutic work of the court

Find out how the ARC was established, requirements for participants and learn about the ARC expansion following the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System.

Presented by Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


9:30am – 10:30am


Scam awareness for international students

Scams are everywhere, so how can you protect yourself? If you’re an international student, or you work with international students, join Study Melbourne for a conversation with the experts on scams – how to avoid them, and where to find help.

Presented by Study Melbourne


11:00am – 12:00pm


Exposing corruption – how IBAC handles corruption complaints

Find out how IBAC, Victoria’s independent anti-corruption agency, prevents and exposes public sector corruption and police misconduct.

Presented by The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)


11:00am – 12:00pm


Courts and technology

Learn how hearings and trials were moved online last year, find out how the Court is currently using technology and what the future might hold.

Presented by County Court of Victoria


1:00pm – 2:00pm


Specialist Family Violence Courts – reforming access to justice

This panel discussion will highlight the importance and benefits of the Specialist Family Violence Courts at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Presented by Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


1:00pm – 2:00pm


Sentencing sex offences – what do jurors think?

What do jurors in trials involving sexual offences think of the sentences ultimately imposed? Find out what the National Jury Study revealed about jurors’ views and the factors driving community concerns with the sentencing of these offences.

Presented by Sentencing Advisory Council


1:15pm – 2:00pm


Witness for the Prosecution – supporting survivors of sexual assault

An expert panel will discuss experiences of sexual assault survivors, their journey through the legal system and what can be improved to minimise their trauma, bring perpetrators to justice and make society safer.

Presented by Sisters in Crime Australia

Saturday 22 May

Going to a protest? Know your rights

Learn about the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, Victorian police powers at protests, and your rights if you are arrested.

Presented by Melbourne Activist Legal Support


1:30pm – 3:00pm


Sunday 23 May

You be the judge

Put yourself in the role of a judge and hand down a sentence in a real-life case of armed robbery.

Presented by Sentencing Advisory Council


3:00pm – 4:30pm