The Equal Justice Project is a student-run pro-bono initiative run out of the University of Auckland Law School

Our Mission

The Equal Justice Project (EJP) is a non-partisan pro bono charity that applies law students’ legal training and knowledge to promote social equality, inclusivity, and access to justice in our local and wider community.

Founded in 2005 by two students at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Law, EJP now mobilises over 100 law student volunteers annually.
We put our mission statement into practice  through our four main projects: Access, Communications, Community and Pro Bono.


“Equal justice is not a simple act of ‘charity,’ but rather the concomitant responsibility of the legal profession’s power. To that end the EJP seeks to use what resources we have as law students to facilitate access to justice, and to foster a pro bono ethic within the legal profession.”

— 2010 Handbook, Stephen Parry & Samuel Moore

  1. The Access Team presents to educational providers about civics and legal topics, and organises bi-annual panel discussions (symposia) on topical legal issues at the University of Auckland.

  2. The Communications Team produces articles and parliamentary bill submissions and works across social media platforms to foster discussion of the law’s role in promoting social justice.

  3. The Community Team provides ongoing assistance to Community Law Centres and other community facilities around Auckland, which offer advice and support to those in our community that cannot afford representation or legal assistance.

  4. The Pro Bono Team provides research and analytical support to practitioners, academics, interest organisations, and community groups who share EJP’s goals.

EJP was awarded runner-Up General Club of the Year at the University of Auckland in 2014 and 2017 and a Certificate of Achievement in the Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year category of the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards.
Please note work done for the Equal Justice Project cannot go towards any University of Auckland course work, including but not limited to: LAWGENRL 405, LAWGENRL 447, and LAWPUBL 461.

If you have any enquiries about the Equal Justice Project, please contact our Co-Directors at

See our Media Policyhere.

See our Constitutionhere