• Class Number 4545
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Amy Begley
    • Amy Begley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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The course aims include to:
• Encourage, promote and validate student aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law specifically in relation to Indigenous people,
• Encourage students to critically consider the effect of the law and is delivery of social justice to Indigenous people.

The course provides clinical placement at the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) for 10 students each semester. Attendance requirements include an orientation workshop, onsite participation as a pair on one day a week, participation in weekly tutorials (reviewing relevant substantive areas of law and legal and social issues relating to Indigenous legal 'issues', Indigenous 'perspectives' and Indigenous 'knowledge'.) Assessment requirements: onsite assessment, tutorial participation and preparation & presentation of a written project.

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. Summarise and apply an advanced and coherent body of substantive legal knowledge about Indigenous justice.
  9. Describe and distinguish a variety of  social issues of justice, power and disadvantage for Indigenous people, and  to critically analyse entrenched issues of injustice in the legal system.
  10. Describe and critique a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of individual clients.
  11. Analyse the predicament of individual clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system.
  12. Describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes.
  13. Identify concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law.

Research-Led Teaching

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to undertake research on an issue that will be of practical use and application to the Aboriginal Legal Service. Students are encouraged to select a research topic that will provide them with a deeper understanding of a legal issue that has arisen during their on-site learning.

The course convenor, Amy Begley is a lecturer at the ANU School of Legal Practice. Amy has considerable experience in criminal practice, having previously been a prosecutor at the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions.

Field Trips

In Week 4 of the clinic, we will be visiting a number of agencies that are important to the work of the Aboriginal Legal Service. These visits will be conducted during the regular seminar time. Details (including timetable) will be provided on the course site.

Throughout the course, we will be drawing upon-

Australian Law Reform Commission Report, Pathways to Justice- An Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Report No 133 (2017)

This report is available on the Australian Law Reform Commission web site (hyperlinked above). Students are encouraged to download or obtain a hard copy of this report.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the current Grading Distribution Policy has been suspended pending the development of a new policy. For further information about the interim policy please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 ANU Week 1 / Clinical Week 1 On-site orientation (2 days) No seminar this week
2 ANU Week 2 / Clinical Week 2 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Indigenous Experience & Cultural Competency
3 ANU Week 3 / Clinical Week 3 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Criminal Law Overview: Indigenous Perspective
4 ANU Week 4 / Clinical Week 4 On-site day + site visits (held during regular seminar time) Site visits visiting important agencies relevant to the work of the Aboriginal Legal Service.
5 ANU Week 5 / Clinical Week 5 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Bail and Preparing a Bail Application
6 ANU Week 6 / Clinical Week 6 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Trials and Trial Preparation Individual student interviews and finalisation of research topic Assessment 2- Mid-course onsite participation, learning and performance. Assessment 6- Mid-course reflective report Due- 4 April 2019 at 5:00pm
7 ANU Break / Clinical Week 7 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Sentencing 1
8 ANU Break / Clinical Week 8 On-site day No seminar this week
9 ANU Week 7 / Clinical Week 9 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Sentencing 2 + coordination & reflection
10 ANU Week 8 / Clinical Week 10 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Child Protection and Child Removal + coordination & reflection
11 ANU Week 9 / Clinical Week 11 On-site day + seminar Seminar: Policing Issues + coordination & reflection
12 ANU Week 10 / Clinical Week 12 On-site day + seminar Seminar- Coordination & reflection
13 ANU Week 11 / Clinical Week 13 On-site day + seminar Seminar- Presentation of research papers Assessment 7- Presentation of research project
14 ANU Week 12 / Clinical Week 14 No on-site day or seminar

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
On-Site Attendance and Participation 25 % 06/06/2019 30/06/2019 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13
Seminar Attendance and Participation/Interaction 10 % 06/06/2019 30/06/2019 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Mid-Course Reflective Report 10 % 04/04/2019 22/04/2019 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13
Presentation of Research Project 5 % 21/05/2019 28/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13
Research Project 50 % 06/06/2019 30/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


There are no lectures. Instead, students attend at the ALS for one day per week, and attend weekly seminars including the compulsory two day orientation.

The course runs through the mid-semester break.

As highlighted in the Application your availability to attend ALS and the seminars in the mid-semester break is a condition of an offer in the course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13

On-Site Attendance and Participation

Details of Task: On-site attendance and participation is critical to the work and aims of the clinic. As such, students must attend and participate in at least 12 weekly onsite sessions between Clinic Week 2 (commencing 4 March) and Clinic Week 14 (commencing 20 May), inclusive. Each on-site session runs weekdays from 9:00am-4:00pm . The weekly student on-site roster will be created by the Course Convenor. Rostering will aim to take student availability and preferences into account. Roster swaps can be negotiated between students, however each swap must be notified to, and approved by the Clinic Supervisor.

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to attend and participate in sufficient on-site days may result in an NCN for the course.

Weighting: 25%

Release Date: Ongoing assessment

Due Date: Ongoing assessment. If a student is unable to attend their scheduled on-site day due to illness or special circumstances, the student must advise the Clinic Supervisor in advance (where possible). Students must negotiate with the Clinic Supervisor to attend the Clinic on an alternative day to 'make up' the missed on-site day. Similarly, if a student's on-site day falls on a public holiday, the student must negotiate with the Clinic Supervisor to attend the Clinic on an alternative day. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their attendance on the alternative day is recorded.

Estimated Return Date: Students must attend a mid-course mentoring/feedback interview with the Clinic Supervisor and Course Convenor in Week 6 of the course. The student must make notes for discussion in relation to their progress in the 'Self Assessment' section of the Onsite Skills Checklist (on the course wattle site) and submit this to the Clinic Supervisor prior to the interview. Formative feedback about the student's on-site participation will be provided during this interview.

Students will be provided with their grade for this assessment item (with feedback) via the Wattle site at the conclusion of the course.

Assessment Criteria: On-site participation is assessed using the assessment criteria set out in the 'On-site Skills Checklist (available on the course site). This contains indicators of good practice, tailored to the work of the Aboriginal Legal Service and course objectives. The mark out of 25 will be based on the overall assessment by the Clinic Supervisor, in conjunction with the Course Convenor. The indicators of good practice are not weighted and will not be marked individually.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Seminar Attendance and Participation/Interaction

Details of Task: Seminar participation will be an opportunity for students to demonstrate genuine and critical reflection and engagement with seminar content including contributing examples and insights from the student's onsite experience and skills development. Each seminar covers a specific topic that is relevant to the work and aims of the Aboriginal Legal Service. Students will be required to select one seminar in which they will lead the group discussion.

Students must attend the following:

  • Two day orientation (Clinic Week 1),
  • 9 other seminars, and
  • Research paper presentation seminar (Clinic Week 13)

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to attend and participate (unless extenuating circumstances) will result in a score of '0' for this assessment item.

Weighting: 10%

Release: Ongoing assessment

Due Date: Ongoing assessment.

Estimated return date: Students will be provided with their grade for this assessment item (with feedback) via the Wattle site at the conclusion of the course.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Amount of verbal participation
  • Effective verbal communication and delivery (volume, tone, length, precision of language, clarity of expression etc)
  • Preparation for class 
  • Contribution to shared student learning

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 22/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13

Mid-Course Reflective Report

Details of Task: Students will be asked to reflect, in writing, on their experience with the work of the Aboriginal Legal Service and how the student has progressed in their role at the clinic.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this task will result in a score of '0' for this assessment item.

Weighting: 10%

Release: 25 February 2019

Due Date: 4 April 2019 at 5:00pm via Wattle Dropbox the course wattle site. Late submission of this Assessment Task will be accepted, however penalties will apply in accordance with Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure.

Word limit: 400 words

Estimated return date: Week 7 (commencing 8 April) via Wattle.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Critical assessment of the contribution to the work of the Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Discussion of personal values
  • Discussion of thoughts/emotional responses to the work of the Aboriginal Legal Service

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 21/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13

Presentation of Research Project

Details of Task: Research projects will be delivered as a short 10 minute seminar presentation, and as a written paper (see below). Students will present their research paper during the seminar in Clinical Week 13.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this task will result in a score of '0' for this assessment item.

Weighting: 5%

Release: N/A

Due Date: 21 May 2019 (during seminar). Late submission (without an extension) is not permitted.

Estimated return date: Students will be provided with oral feedback immediately following their presentation. Students will be provided with their grade for this assessment item (with feedback) via the Wattle site at the conclusion of the course.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Engagement with audience in terms of tone, eye contact, pace and delivery
  • Effectiveness of structure of oral presentation
  • Awareness and effective use of time
  • Effective communication of research topic, purpose of research/application to the work of the Aboriginal Legal Service and clear conclusion(s)

Assessment Task 5

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13

Research Project

Details of Task: The topic for students' Research Project is determined by the students, in consultation with the Course Convenor (Amy Begley) and Clinic Supervisor (Dean Rutherford). Projects must relate to legal services for Indigenous people in the ACT, an Indigenous justice issue or the role of the clinic in contributing to ALS’s aims and objectives. 

Nature of the task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this task will result in a score of '0' for this assessment item.

Weighting: 50%

Release: Students may begin work on their Research Project in Week One. Students should obtain approval for their topic by Week 6.

Due date: 6 June 2019 at 5:00pm via Turnitin on the course wattle site. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, however late penalties will apply.

Word Limit: 3500 words.

Estimated return date: At course completion via Turnitin

Assessment Criteria:

  • Breadth and depth of research
  • Quality of legal analysis (including recognition of alternative perspectives
  • Quality of practical recommendations or resources produced
  • Effectiveness of structure
  • Clarity of expression
  • Typographical accuracy
  • Correct use of citations and bibliography

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Amy Begley

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Evidence Law, Criminal Practice, Community Law Clinics

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