ZU-CAJ located within the ZU Faculty of Laws, uses law and legal knowledge as an effective tool for social change. The mission of the centre is threefold;
ZU Centre for Access to Justice offers members of marginalized and poverty stricken sections of society, legal advice free of cost. This advice is delivered in person and over modern means of communication and extends to those areas of the law which are concerned with social welfare, e.g. inheritance, custody and bails.
This legal advice is offered due to the pro bono work that both faculty members and law students at Ziauddin University extend. The university and the centre encourage students to work pro bono not only for the benefit of society but also their own benefit, as it results in personal and professional growth through exposure to the practical and real legal world. The result is innovation and greater participation in the law.
Another aspect of the Access to Justice is legal research, which unfortunately is one area where the great nation of Pakistan lacks behind in the global order. Ziauddin Law Review, seeks to address all areas of the law and publish articles on all aspects of law. As a matter of priority, the law review aims to develop discourse on contemporary legal developments, whether prompted by judicial decisions or legislation and would be especially devoted to the development of jurisprudence. It would seek to reform the law in line with notions of fairness and justice and provide solutions aimed towards legal restructuring, a dire need for the country. The law review would be of interests to all and sundry, legal practitioners, law students, legal academia, judges and the bureaucracy.
The Centre for Access to Justice will not only provide pro bono legal advice and legal research as projects for legal and social change, but would also conduct legal education and supervision at public forums to develop legal awareness, and would use all mediums including conferences and seminars to effect legal and social change.