The course aims include to:
- Guide and support students in identifying, developing and applying practical legal skills in environmental and planning law.
- Develop students' critical understanding of legal practice approaches, the role of lawyers in relation to individual clients and environmental law issues.
- Contextualise the study of law, particularly environmental law and student learning in the wide range of other law courses.
- Encourage, promote and validate student aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law specifically in relation to community needs to exercise their rights pursuant to environmental law both at local and Federal levels.
- Encourage students to critically consider the effect of the law and its ability:
a) to deliver improved environmental outcomes and
b) to provide adequate recourse for the community to be heard on public interest environmental issues.
The course provides clinical placement at the EDO ACT for between 8-10 students each semester. Attendance requirements include an orientation workshop, onsite participation at the EDO office one day a week, participation in weekly tutorials (reviewing relevant substantive areas of law and legal and social issues relating to the environmental law (ACT and Federal) and marked assessment pieces.
Assessment requirements: onsite assessment, tutorial participation and preparation & presentation of a written project or seminar/forum.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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.
- Demonstrate persuasive and inclusive written and oral communications skills appropriate to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and a given professional setting.
- Integrate and apply multiple areas of legal knowledge, skills and professional values gained throughout the JD program.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Summarise and apply an advanced and coherent body of substantive legal knowledge about environmental justice.
- Describe and distinguish a variety of justice issues with respect to community engagement with environmental law, and to critically analyse entrenched issues of injustice in the legal system.
- Describe and critique a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of individual and group clients.
- Analyse the predicament of individual and group clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system.
- Describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes.
- Identify and evaluate concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law.
Other InformationEntry into this course is through an application process, advertised through the Wattle JD program page
- Onsite participation including quality of learning and performance (40%) (40) [LO null]
- Tutorial participation including quality of contributions made (10%) (10) [LO null]
- Research paper (2500 words) and presentation (50%) (50) [LO null]
- Attendance at the 2 day orientation workshop, mid and end of semester interviews and the research project presentation. No marks are assigned for attendance, but attendance is a requirement to pass the course. (0) [LO null]
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WorkloadStudent work in this course averages approximately 12 hours per week consisting of:
- Reading averaging approx 2 hours
- Participating in tutorials averaging approx 2 hours
- One 6 hour onsite session at the EDO ACT
- Approx 2 hours per week work on research project
- Mid and end of course interview of approx 1 hour in total.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
- Practical Legal Skills, 3rd Edition, Ross Hyams, Susan Campbell and Adrian Evans, OUP, 2007, Bates, G. Environmental Law in Australia, 8th edition, 2013
- ACT Environmental Law Handbook, EDO ACT, 2nd Edition
- There will be additional resources provided online for students through the Environmental Law Clinic page on the ANU’s Wattle learning system.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|24 Feb 2020
|02 Mar 2020
|08 May 2020
|05 Jun 2020
|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|27 Jul 2020
|03 Aug 2020
|31 Aug 2020
|30 Oct 2020
|Online or In Person