About The PLN

The Progressive Law Network is a network of law students and legal professionals working to promote social and environmental justice through the law.

We do this through a major annual conference, public seminars and workshops, careers opportunities, law reform submissions and social events. The PLN was formed at Monash University in 2010 by a passionate group of law students, all hoping to achieve social and environmental justice through the  use of their law careers. We aim to be a cross campus network for law students and law professionals alike and we welcome your involvement!

As an organisation, we are dedicated to:

  • Providing information to students and practitioners about altruistic legal career paths in the environmental, human rights and social justice sectors.
  • Facilitating connections between law students, professionals and community advocacy organisations.
  • Encouraging law students and practitioners to utilise their law degrees to effect positive social change.
  • Engaging law students with their communities and the challenges facing them, while encouraging intelligent and informed legal activism/advocacy.
  • Organising events to provide a forum for an exchange of views and opinions about new developments in alternative careers, environmental law, human rights law and other social justice-related issues.

Areas of Interest Include:

  • Environment Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Native Title and Indigenous Sovereignty
  • Law Reform
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Liberties
  • International and Domestic Refugee Law
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Women and the Law
  • Community Legal Work
  • Same Sex Rights