Mandy Shircore is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at JCU.

Mandy joined JCU Law in 2002 having previously practiced law for over twelve years in both Melbourne and Cairns. Mandy’s main areas of legal practice were in criminal law and victim compensation.

Mandy's professional legal work has influenced her approach to teaching and research. With an interest in authentic student experiences and transition pedagogies (first year and capstone), Mandy has published on first year pedagogy; capstone experiences; work-integrated learning and reflection. In 2011 Mandy was awarded a JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship to increase work integrated learning opportunities for students in the Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts (now the College of Business, Law and Governance).  As a result students across the college now undertake one of a range of capstone work-integrated learning subjects in their final year, preparing students for the transition from university to professional workplace.  

With a strong commitment to enhancing access to justice, Mandy has worked with the community legal sector for over thirty years in a variety of capacities including volunteer solicitor; board of directors and management committee member. In Cairns this has included as a founding member of the Cairns Community Legal Service, original management committee member of the North Queensland Women's Legal Service and management committee member of the Environmental Defender's Office of North Queensland. In 2006, Mandy’s voluntary involvement in the  community legal sector was recognised when she received the Toni Dick Memorial Prize for outstanding community service.

As an academic Mandy has actively promoted and supported the clinical legal studies program whereby students attend the Townsville Legal Service to provide legal assistance to the community under the supervision of solicitors. Since 2015 Mandy has been working to extend the clinical program which now includes seven specialist community legal services across Cairns and Townsville providing placement and clinic opportunities for law students. In 2016, Mandy took eleven students to Cambodia (part funded through the New Columbo Plan) where they worked within three human rights organisations for three weeks.  A further three years of New Columbo Plan funding has been secrued to take law students to Thailand in 2018 - 2020. 

Mandy's research interests include negligence, where she has explored the duty of care owed by public authorities (in particular the police) and health law.

Mandy is an active member of the North Queensland legal community. In 2015 working with district law associations a mentoring program was established, allowing every final year law student to be mentored by a member of the legal profession.



  • Higher education (particularly legal education; clinical legal education); Duty of care owed by police; Health Law; Access to Justice; Work Integrated Learning
  • 2017 to 2020 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2009 to 2016 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2002 to 2005 - Associate Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded to CBLG Work Integrated Learning Team
  • 2015 - Inter Alia Cairns JCU Law Society Life Membership in recognition of unwavering support to the JCU Law Students.
  • 2012 - JCU Award for Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievement in the category of Learning and Teaching
  • 2008 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2013 to 2014 - JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship (Team) - Always Keeping your Exit in View: Using an ePortfolio from Day 1 to Capstone Experience to Foster Work Ready Students
  • 2012 to 2013 - JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship for Development and implementation of a multi-disciplinary approach to work-integrated learning / capstone experiences for law, business and creative arts students.
  • 2015 to 2016 - JCU Learning and Teaching Grant - Developing a community based "super clinic" capstone experience for law students
  • 2015 to 2016 - JCU Learning and Teaching Grant - to develop a video - Ensuring JCU Graduates are Connected to the Community.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 37+ research outputs authored by Mandy Shircore from 2006 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Advance Care Plans and North Queensland Public Hospital Doctors. A Grounded Theory (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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