- Class Number 4176
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Amy Kilpatrick
- Amy Kilpatrick
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This is a clinical program based in a community legal practice environment. Students participate in the Youth Law Centre, a non-profit legal service for ACT youth aged 12-25 years. While analysing the various roles that lawyers can play, students will focus on extending legal assistance, social justice and reform - particularly in relation to youth legal needs in the ACT.
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.
The course also explores issues such as:
- the concept of 'reflective practice';
- the links between the legal framework of legal practice and operating routines that apply to provision of all legal services (duties to client, confidentiality, conflict of interest);
- legal and non-legal problems - implications for practice/service provision of an appreciation of the relevant services and the meshing of non-legal issues;
- interviewing routine - difference between legal information and legal advice;
- legal practice approaches - 'reactive', 'proactive', 'preventative', 'activist'; and
- tailoring service models to client needs.
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.
- Describe and critique a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of individual clients.
- Analyse the predicament of individual 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 concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law.
During the semester we may visit other legal services, courts and tribunals.
Additional Course Costs
Students are required to travel to the Youth Law Clinic to attend workshops, seminars and to complete rostered days (walking distance from the University campus), and must be dressed neatly on each day that they are gaining onsite experience.
The following articles are mandatory pre-reading for Orientation:
· Lani Guinier “Becoming Gentleman” (1994) 143 UPenn Law Review 2.
· N Rees “How should law schools serve their communities?” (2001) 5 University of Western Sydney Law Review 111.
· N Agarwal and J Simonson “Thinking Like a public interest lawyer: Theory practice and pedagogy” (2010) 34 NYU Review of Law and Social Change 455.
· R Granfield “Making it by faking it: working class students in an elite academic environment” (1991) 20 Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 331.
- Ross Hyams, Susan Campbell and Adrian Evans, Practical Legal Skills, (4th Ed, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2014) - a copy of this book will be in the Youth Law Clinic once course commences.
- The Youth Law Centre’s various operating manuals - available to read at the Youth Law Clinic once course commences.
- Clinical Youth Law Online Resources (Online Resources)
- Additional resources provided online for students on the Youth Law Clinical Wattle site
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
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.
Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
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 interim scaling guideline applies to all courses in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs. 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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||ANU Week 1 / Clinical Week 1 Orientation + Spotting a Legal Issue/Problem What is clinical legal education?||Orientation session 25 February 2:00pm-7:00pm All seminars thereafter are Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 at ACT Legal Aid Commission|
|2||ANU Week 2 / Clinical Week 2 Onsite roster commences Why Practice Public Interest Law? What is public interest law? Focus on: Consumer Law Interviewing techniques||Seminar 3 March 5:30-7:30|
|3||ANU Week 3 / Clinical Week 3 Onsite roster continues Where is Public Interest Law Practiced? Also - @ Individual Placement Services Tenancy Law||Seminar 10 March 5:30-7:30|
|4||ANU Week 4 / Clinical Week 4 Onsite roster continues How is Public Interest Law Practiced? Focus on : Criminal Law Guest Speaker TBA - A life of Public Interest Practice||Seminar 17 March 5:30-7:30|
|5||ANU Week 5 / Clinical Week 5 Onsite roster continues How is Public Interest Law Practiced? + coordination & reflection Domestic Violence||Seminar 24 March 5:30-7:30|
|6||ANU Week 6 / Clinical Week 6 Onsite roster continues||Teaching Break|
|7||ANU Break / Clinical Week 7 Onsite roster continues Employment Law Using Law in the Public Interest Public Interest Campaigns – Skills Tool Kit Develop and Plan a Campaign||Seminar 14 April 5:30-7:30|
|8||ANU Break / Clinical Week 8 Onsite roster continues||24 April Teaching Break - individual bookings required for consultation. All students must book a time|
|9||ANU Week 7 / Clinical Week 9 Onsite roster continues What are the constraints on Public Interest Practice? Focus: Administrative tribunals & ACAT Trip + Coordination & reflection Group Presentations – Reflecting on a Public Interest Campaign||Seminar 28 April 5:30-7:30|
|10||ANU Week 8 / Clinical Week 10 Onsite roster continues Drug/Alcohol Course Guest Speaker||Seminar 5 May 5:30-7:30|
|11||ANU Week 9 / Clinical Week 11 Onsite roster continues||Seminar 12 May 5:30-7:30 Presentations – Reflecting on a Public Interest Campaign|
|12||ANU Week 10 / Clinical Week 12 Onsite roster continues Ethical Lawyering + Childrens Law||Seminar 19 May 5:30-7:30|
|13||ANU Week 11 / Clinical Week 13 Presentations of Research Projects||26 May Reflective journals due|
|14||ANU Week 12 / Clinical Week 14 Presentations of Research Projects Placements continue No seminar this week.||Research paper due Friday 5 June @ 12:00pm|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Onsite Placement||0 %||*||*||1,3,4,5,6,7,8|
|Seminar Participation||10 %||*||*||2, 5, 6, 7|
|Media Release||10 %||21/04/2020||04/05/2020||1,2,5,6,7,8|
|Case Study||10 %||28/04/2020||02/06/2020||1,2,5,6,7,8|
|Reflective Journal||20 %||02/06/2020||12/06/2020||1,2,5,6,7,8|
|Research Paper||50 %||12/06/2020||09/07/2020||7,8,9|
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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 orientation workshops, weekly seminars and attend at the Youth Law Centre for one day per week, participate on-site at the YLC. Attendance at all of these is compulsory. The course runs through the mid-semester break. Your availability to attend the orientation workshops and attend all other aspects of the program throughout the semester and in the mid-semester break is a condition of an offer in the course. This was highlighted in the Application.
Student work in this course averages about 12 hours per week consisting of:
· Reading: averaging about 1 hour
· Seminars: averaging about 2.5 hours
· onsite session at the YLC: 1 x 6 hour (9am – 4pm), except those students rostered on same day as the seminar and orientation days who must work equivalent hours to make up for hours spent in seminars, workshops and site visits, and
· research project: 2 hours a week.
Students are expected to prepare for seminars and to engage critically in seminar discussions. Engagement and feedback in seminars will assist you to evaluate and enhance the quality of your learning in the course, and prepare you to record your reflections in writing.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8
Details of Task: Students will attend and participate in Youth Law Clinic under the supervision of the Youth Law Clinic coordinator and with Youth Law Clinic employees, including other legal practitioners. In order to complete the task, students must work one rostered day each week onsite at the Youth Law Centre between Clinic Weeks 1 and 12 inclusive (total of 11 days). Each student must work a full rostered day onsite; for most students, the onsite work hours are from 9am-4pm. Student attendance days are noted by the student on their onsite student file which is checked by the YLC Coordinating Solicitor. Late attendance or early departure may result in the student being recorded as absent.
The exception to this onsite requirement is those students who are rostered on either the Orientation day or seminar day, in which case these students will instead finish later that day to take account of the time spent at the workshops/seminar, and those students who are rostered on the walk-around day, who must make up the hours on a different day.
More information about what counts as activities towards onsite days and the roster will be available in the course WATTLE site.
Nature of Task: Compulsory, redeemable (against the final onsite participation mark). Failure to complete this task will result in a 0 grade for the course.
Due Date: Ongoing assessment. Students who are unable to attend on a particular day due to illness or special circumstances should advise the YLC Coordinating Solicitor and Course Convenor. This should be in advance where possible or where that is not possible then as soon as is reasonably practicable. Students who miss an on-site day because of illness, misadventure, seminars, or public holiday will make up that day by swapping with another student, or adding days at the end of the course in Clinic weeks 13 and 14 (Semester week 11 and 12). The student will negotiate this with the onsite supervisor.
Estimated return date: Mid-term discussions in Clinical Week 7 and at end of course; formative feedback is provided at end-course interview in clinical weeks 13 and 14.
Assessment Criteria: Onsite participation is assessed using the assessment criteria that will be provided on the wattle site. The assessment criteria will assess the performance of students onsite skills and completion of tasks onsite. The Onsite Skills Checklist contains indicators of good practice tailored to Youth Law Centre onsite work and course objectives. The indicators of good practice are not weighted and will not be marked individually. Indicators of good practice, tailored to onsite work at the Youth Law Centre in the light of course objectives, include;
- Office approach: Office procedures, phone answering & information gathering including file management
- Contribution to client interviews including pre-interview preparation
- Approach to client matters – planning and strategy, analysis of client issues and identification of relevant law/next steps
- Conducting follow-up client work including problem solving skills - analysis of options/actions required, research skills e.g. initiative, efficiency, thoroughness
- Non-client work (if relevant) as assigned by the solicitors (eg law reform work, community legal education, etc): effort, relevance, efficiency and quality of work carried out
- Initiative with designated tasks - including appropriate balance between the need for initiative against other limitations
- Legal practice standards &approach e.g. Adherence to onsite policy & procedures
- Work relationships including team approach with solicitors, other students, and stakeholders
The mark will be based on the YLC supervising solicitor's overall assessment that is recommended to the Course Convenor.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2, 5, 6, 7
Details of Task: The course begins with an orientation workshop. There is a half day induction at Youth Law Centre and then one seminar a week in Clinical Weeks 2 -12 of the course and final presentation seminar in Clinical Week 12. Students must attend the orientation, the final presentation seminar and 9 seminars (this is in addition to 11 clinical placement days described in Task 1).For these activities, an attendance roll will be kept. Students are responsible for ensuring that their attendance is recorded. Late attendance or early departure may result in the student being recorded as absent.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to attend the prescribed number of seminars, without an exemption based on special circumstances or failure to participate may result in NCN for the course.
Release Date: Ongoing
Due Date: Ongoing. Students who are unable to attend their seminar due to illness or special circumstances should advise the Course Convenor. This should be in advance where possible or where that is not possible then as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Estimated return date: At course completion by email
Assessment Criteria: Workshop participation will be rated on the extent to which the student demonstrates genuine and critical reflection and engagement with workshop content including contributing examples / insights from the student’s onsite experience and skills development. Workshop participation is assessed using the criteria/ indicators.
- Workshop participation is assessed using the following criteria:
- quality and frequency questions asked, comments made during tutorial presentations
- look for accuracy and thoroughness in reporting on clients seen on their roster days
- how well they explain what the legal issues were in a client’s matter & what advice etc the solicitor gave
- did they report on any non-legal issues involved eg issues of mental health, family situation, practical difficulties clients were experiencing
- did they understand the client’s situation, was there any evidence of empathy or understanding
- do they express their reactions to events that occur on their roster – ie their feelings or thoughts?
- Can they say what was good and what was bad about how we handled the client’s matter?
- Do they make any links from the reading, other tutorials, other experiences in the course or other life experiences that relate to the discussion or their reporting?
- Can they see one client’s experience with the law/legal system as being indicative of systemic problems or wider issues?
- Do they listen to other students, and build on or carry the discussion further?
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5,6,7,8
Details of Task: Students will work in pairs to draft to a media release based upon a problem and case study from the workshops. Students will be expected to collaborate to generate a unique and compelling case for action.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this task will result in a score of ‘0’ for this assessment item.
Release: 24 Feb 2020
Due Date: The media release should be submitted by 5:00pm on the 21st of April. Late submissions (without an extension) will be accepted, although late penalties will apply.
Word Limit: 500 words
Estimated return date: 4 May 2020
Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): Media releases will be assessed as a pair with both students receiving the same mark except in exceptional circumstances.
Assessment Criteria: Only the written media release will be assessed. The criteria for the written piece will be;
- Breadth and depth of research
- Collegiate approach to task
- Clarity of expression
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5,6,7,8
Details of task: Students will collegiately present a case study outlining the significant tools used to run a campaign by an advocate(s). Students will work in pairs to research the tactics used by a group, individual or organisation to run a public interest campaign. Students will deliver the presentation orally in pairs to the class. Papers are presented orally and the presentation is worth half of the total marks for this task. A copy of the presentation should be submitted immediately after the presentation (ie on the same day) and be worth 50% of the marks for this task, and the written component will be worth the other 50% of the marks for this task.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to submit complete these projects and/ or deliver a presentation will result in a 0 for this assessment item.
Release: Students will select the campaign based upon a list generated in class during weeks 1 and 2.
Due date: 5:00pm 28th April 2020, Presentation during the workshop. Late presentations (without an extension) will not be permitted. A copy of the presentation (should be submitted immediately after the presentation (ie on the same day) by 9pm via Turnitin and wattle. Late presentations (without an extension) will not be permitted. Late submissions (without an extension) of the copy of the presentation will be accepted, although late penalties will apply.
Word limit: 5 minute presentation, 300 words or 11 slide powerpoint for campaign.
Estimated return date: 2 June 2020 via Turnitin.
Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): Presentations will be assessed individually.
Assessment Criteria: Presentations and the case study will be assessed using the following criteria
- Breadth and depth of research
- Collegiate approach to task
- Clarity of expression
- Effectiveness of oral presentation
- Effective use of visual aids in presentation (or effective decision not to use visual aids)
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5,6,7,8
Details of Task: The Reflective Journal is based on weekly seminar discussions and will intensify the learnings from all aspects of the course, by requiring students to consider their on-site experiences, the perspectives and views of clients, other students and legal staff, their personal and professional development and their views on the legal system and social justice. This task will enable you to draw on your on-site and seminar learning to consider issues of social justice, the role of lawyers (including yourself) and the law in social justice, and to critique the law and legal system based on your experiences so far. You should complete one journal entry per week.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete this assessment (including appending all weekly reflections completed at the date of submission) will result in a grade of zero for this assessment task.
Word Limit: You must submit all of your weekly journal entries. However you should nominate two for the course convenor to mark. The two entries which you nominate to be marked, should be clearly indicated and approximately 250 words for each entry.
Release: At course commencement
Due Date: 5:00pm 2 June 2020 via Wattle dropbox
Estimated Return Date: 12 June 2020
Assessment Criteria: Students are asked to demonstrate:
- Capacity to consistently reflect on and demonstrate learnings from on- site practice
- Capacity to develop ongoing reflective habits
- Capacity to reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses that effect delivering legal service
- Capacity to observe and reflect on social justice issues
- Ability to consider different perspectives, possibilities and/or values
- Clear expression
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 7,8,9
Details of Task: Students must undertake a research project. This consists of two parts. Students must produce a completed resource for the YLC and/or its stakeholders. They must also write a paper justifying and explaining the resource and establishing the student’s expertise to produce that resource. The resource and the paper comprise the research project. As part of the paper or within the resource itself, the paper will identify the need for the resource, explain the content and decisions about the form of the resource(s), demonstrate the student’s expertise and authority to produce the resource.
Students will present their research project to the class and invited YLC stakeholders in Week 12 (Clinicial Week 14). The students will then hand in the research project in the following week. More detailed information will be provided in the course WATTLE site.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete this assessment (including the resource, the essay and the presentation) will result in a zero mark for this assessment task.
Release: At course commencement. The student must consult with the convenor and seek approval for the project from the convenor at the weekly seminars.
Due Date: 12 June 2020 at 5:00pm (AEDT) via Turnitin. Late submission (without an extension) is permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Word Limit: It is difficult to set a maximum word limit for a task like this, as the range of resources that may be produced is so varied. However there is a minimum word length of 2,000 words for the entire research project.
Estimated return date: 9 July 2020 with final release of results via Turnitin.
- Demonstrate the need and utility of the resource to the relevant stakeholder audience
- Justify the form of the resource and explain decisions in its design
- Demonstrate the student’s authority (skills, knowledge and expertise) to produce the resource
- Demonstrate legal knowledge and legal analytical skills
- Demonstrate legal and empirical research skills
- Demonstrate good organisation in the structure of their research report
- Demonstrate good written expression
- Demonstrate ability to communicate well with target audience.
- Demonstrate creativity and originality
- Demonstrate knowledge and insight into the social context of the intended audience
- Demonstrate capacity to produce the resource in the form that it was (e.g., artistic, musical, choreography, desktop publishing)
- Demonstrate capacity to produce a completed resource
- Demonstrate oral skills to explain concisely, clearly and simply their research project.
- Demonstrate capacity to produce a completed resource
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