School of law


Searcy Bursary for Research into Representation at Coronial Inquests

The Jennifer Searcy Bursary is designed to support research into deaths in custody with especial interest into representation at coronial inquests. Preference will be given to work that is not confined to Aboriginal deaths in custody, and that focuses on the broader challenges of deaths in custody in Western Australia.

Students are required to write an essay/research paper on the topic, have knowledge of the coronial law and attend two inquests with one family having legal representation and another without.

The Bursary is open to students enrolled in any course of study at the University at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Eligible projects would be expected to produce an assessable component of an applicant's course of study. Other projects (such as papers for student competitions, or for publication) will, however, be considered for support.

The purpose of the Bursary is to encourage young lawyers to have a knowledge of the coronial law and to realise the importance in social terms of the families of the deceased having legal representation. The aim of the Bursary is also to increase the pool of lawyers willing to do pro bono work for the often poverty-stricken families of deceased prisoners by exposing them to the difficulties experienced by the poor in obtaining legal advice and representation

Consideration may be given to other matters pertinent to Coronial Court or pro bono legal work at that Court. The recipient of this bursary will receive $550.

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Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice Social Justice Scholarship

Students enrolled the Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice with an active and demonstrable commitment to social justice may apply to have their fees waived for this course.

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