• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Peta Spender
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    Second Semester 2019
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This is a clinical program based in a community legal practice environment.  During the course students work for one full day a week at Canberra community Law where they provide legal information and undertake casework under the supervision of solicitors.

The course objectives are to:
 - contextualise the study of law and student learning in a wide range of other law courses;
 - guide and support students in identifying, developing and applying ethical legal practice skills;
 - develop students' critical understanding of legal practice approaches, the roles of lawyers in relation to individual clients and social justice issues; and
 - encourage, promote and validate student aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law.

Course topics include:
 - introduction to public interest law;
 - professional responsibilities;
 - legal practice skills - legal writing, interviewing, casework skills, advising;
 - substantive law in relation to tenancy, Social Security and Disability Discrimination; and
 - law Reform.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful conclusion of this capstone course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify, plan, manage and execute a substantive and original written research project addressing a complex problem, and do so independently, and to a high professional standard appropriate to the professional setting.
  2. Demonstrate persuasive and inclusive written and oral communications skills appropriate to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and a given professional setting.
  3. Integrate and apply multiple areas of legal knowledge, skills and professional values gained throughout the JD program.
  4. Recognise and apply JD graduate attributes such as, but not limited to: an extended understanding of recent developments in law and its practice; high level research skills; high level conceptualisation; the ability to generate and evaluate complex ideas; legal technical and communication skills; a reflective and ethical approach, and high level personal autonomy and accountability.
  5. Reflect on and review key elements of a growing professional and ethical identity by, for example, naming and debating specific interests, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and career motivations and aspirations.
  6. Describe and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law relate to a legal practice setting, assisting individual clients and working for social justice.
  7. Recognise and apply improved practical legal skills particularly relating to work routines, professional conduct rules, ethical practice, communication with a variety of audiences, interviewing, writing, and legal research principles and methods.
  8. Describe and critique a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of individual clients.
  9. Analyse the predicament of individual clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system.
  10. Describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes.
  11. Identify concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law.

Other Information

Entry into this course is through an application process, advertised through the Wattle JD program page

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is likely to consist of:
  1. Participation in on-site sessions - ie quality of performance at on-site sessions including client assistance and casework (70%)
  2. Participation in reflective tutorials and simulated hearings – ie quality of contributions made during (a) evening reflective tutorials, including case study presentation and (b) simulated hearings (15%)
  3. Research paper and presentation (15%)
  4. Attendance at both orientation days, a minimum of 6 out of the 8 scheduled Thursday evening tutorials and the research presentation / debrief session in the last week of the course. No marks are assigned for attendance at these events but attendance is a requirement to pass the course.

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Workload

Two day orientation workshop at the beginning of semester, one day per week on-site (including through the mid-semester break)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B. An application process exists for this course, please contact the ANU College of Law. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS4268 Community Law Clinic.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4770 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9397 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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