Who we are:
The Legal Clinic for Public Law and Environmental Law in cooperation with the Ombudsman Board is a training program of the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz for highly qualified, socially committed students of law. Under supervision and guidance of Prof. Georg Eisenberger, one of Austria's leading attorneys at law in the field of Public Law and Environmental Law, the Legal Clinic is dedicated to current and real legal issues.
What we do:
We offer free legal advice for selected cases in the field of Public Law and Environmental Law. If you encounter a problem related to Public Law (in particular but not exclusively with authorities) (e.g. an issue concerning construction or water rights) and cannot afford specialized legal advice, we invite you to apply with the Legal Clinic as a client. The Legal Clinic selects and engages with one of the cases submitted per academic year. Under the leadership of Attorney Prof. Georg Eisenberger a team of selected students manages the selected case, from the first meeting with the client through the discussion of possible strategies to contacting the competent authority, the development of solution proposals and the submission of pleadings. The entire service is free of charge, with the exception of the required payment of cash expenses (e.g. fees to authorities or courts).
How to apply to be a client of the Legal Clinic?
We select clients according to a number of different factors. We check for example to what extent the client can afford qualified lawyers, the extent to which the case, beyond being an individual case, is significant for society and for the further development of administrative law practice, but also the eligibility of the case for being represented by the Legal Clinic in view of the required timescale (e.g. limitation issues, but also anticipated duration of proceedings, the time of steps). Please submit your application to Professor Georg Eisenberger via E-mail to georg.eisenberger(at)uni-graz.at including the following:
- a brief description of the case including the desired objective of our work
- the most essential documents (up to a maximum of five)
- any deadlines known to you
- a brief explanation as to why you cannot afford legal assistance.
Should we, on the basis of these documents, conclude that your case is eligible for representation by the Legal Clinic and if we have available capacity, we will contact you and clarify with you within the framework of a telephone interview to what extent your legal and temporal needs are in line with the requirements of our university training program. Should we, on the basis of this clarification, decide to accept your case, you will receive from us a power of attorney to be granted, a list of required documents as well as a date proposal for the initial conversation with Professor Eisenberger and the participating students.
Beginning and end of our work:
Our legal representation begins as soon as you have returned us the signed power of attorney. Until then there is neither a consultative relationship nor an information obligation of any kind by us. In particular, until returning the signed power of attorney to us, you are responsible for meeting deadlines, keeping appointments and maintaining the necessary contact with authorities. Our work ends with the completion of the case or the termination of the representation relationship - which is possible at any time - by you or us. You are free, at any time before and during the consulting relationship, to consult your trusted legal advisor.