Alternative Law Journal
The Alt.LJ is administered by volunteers, is independent of any organisation or political party, and is self funding, with some support provided by the Monash University Law Faculty in Melbourne, where the journal is based.
The Alternative Law Journal was first published in 1974 as the Legal Service Bulletin by the Fitzroy Legal Service in Melbourne, Australia. The journal grew and now has a much wider readership beyond the community legal centres. The name was changed in 1992 to better reflect its goals and readership. The goals of the Alt.LJ can be broadly described as:
- promotion of social justice, human rights and law reform issues
- critique of the legal system
- monitoring developments in alternative practice
- community legal education.
The Alternative Law Journal provides resources for both secondary and tertiary legal studies teachers and students.
- Legal Studies Column is published regularly, providing a class exercise based on an article published in the Journal. The exercises are prepared by legal studies teachers for secondary legal studies students.
- Legal Issues Resource Kits: these compilations of articles from the Journal are grouped by topic, and are often used by teachers, and students studying specific areas of law. Recent kits include topic such as Sexuality and the Law, Family Law, Human Rights and Prisons.
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