Shaun McCarthy

University of Newcastle Legal Centre


Shaun McCarthy is the Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) and Program Convenor of the Practical Legal Training Program at the University of Newcastle Law School, Australia. He provides clinical supervision to law students at the UNLC and teaches into the Law School’s Practice Program, Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor degrees. Shaun has acted in multiple high-profile public interest matters including miscarriage of justice cases and asylum protection cases at the UNLC. He has been involved in the UNLC flagship clinic ‘Law on the Beach’ since its inception in 2004. He is a current investigator in an Australian National Health and Medical Research Foundation grant titled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records – Charting the Course for Successful Healthcare Transitions in Young Adults with Communication Disabilities and an Australian Government grant dealing with alternative pathways for young offenders. Shaun is involved in the delivery of Planning Ahead seminars by law students to community groups and has published on how people respond to such information in dealing with their legal affairs. He is currently researching the legal assessment of client capacity and is the co-author of a toolkit designed to assist lawyers in detecting elder abuse.