• Class Number 4225
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Faith Gordon
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

The Clinical Youth Law Program is an elective course. Students who have completed 48 units of LAWS courses are eligible to enrol and places are allocated by quality of application and if necessary ballot.

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.

Students must apply to undertake this course. Please go to Law Professional Experience for application information.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. 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,
  2. Reflect on their personal motivation for studying law, their goals and career aspirations,
  3. Demonstrate a reflective and ethical approach, together with the ability to apply broad theoretical and professional knowledge, in performing paralegal tasks,
  4. Demonstrate substantial improvement in their practical legal skills particularly relating to work routines, communication with a variety of audiences, interviewing, writing, and legal research principles and methods,
  5. Describe and critique a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of individual clients,
  6. Analyse the predicament of individual clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system,
  7. Describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes,
  8. Identify concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law,
  9. Plan and execute a written research project, with some independence.

Ross Hyams, Susan Campbell and Adrian Evans, Practical Legal Skills (4th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2014).

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 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 ANU Week 1 / Clinical Week 1 Onsite Orientation - 9am - 12 Noon Monday and Tuesday (22 and 23 February)
2 ANU Week 2 / Clinical Week 2 Onsite Seminar
3 ANU Week 3 / Clinical Week 3 Onsite Seminar
4 ANU Week 4 / Clinical Week 4 Onsite Seminar
5 ANU Week 5 / Clinical Week 5 Onsite Tutorial - Research Project discussion Reflective Diary Assignment
6 ANU Week 6 / Clinical Week 6 Onsite Tutorial - Reflection and Case Studies Feedback: Mid-semester interviews during onsite days with the ANU convenor and the onsite convenor
7 ANU Break / Clinical Week 7 Onsite Tutorial - Reflection and Case Studies
8 ANU Break / Clinical Week 8 Onsite Tutorial - Reflection and Case Studies
9 ANU Week 7 / Clinical Week 9 Onsite Tutorial - Reflection and Case Studies
10 ANU Week 8 / Clinical Week 10 Onsite Tutorial - Reflection and Case Studies
11 ANU Week 9 / Clinical Week 11 Onsite Tutorial - Reflection and Research Chat
12 ANU Week 10 / Clinical Week 12 Onsite Tutorial – Reflection + Course Overview -Tuesday Research Presentation
13 ANU Week 11 / Clinical Week 13 Onsite
14 ANU Week 12 / Clinical Week 14 Onsite Research papers due Research papers due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Onsite Attendance and Participation 20 % * 01/07/2021 1:8
Seminar and Tutorial Participation and Attendance 0 % * * 1:8
Reflective Diary Assignment 30 % 22/03/2021 12/04/2021 1:8
Research Paper 50 % 24/05/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,4:9

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Students must complete 1 onsite session per week between Clinical Week 2 and Week 14 in accordance with the schedule published on Wattle. Students rostered on a public holiday should arrange a substitute onsite session. Each onsite session runs from 9am-4pm on a weekday. At enrolment, students accepted a place to undertake onsite work on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Students are expected to undertake their onsite day accordingly.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1:8

Onsite Attendance and Participation

Details of Task: Students must complete 1 onsite session per week between Clinical Week 2 and Week 14 in accordance with the schedule published on Wattle. Each onsite session runs from 9am-4pm on a weekday. Interviews will be held between each student, the ANU convenor, and the onsite convenor, just prior to the mid semester break during onsite days. These mid semester interviews will provide students with an opportunity to receive interim feedback on their performance as against this assessment task.

Nature of Task: Compulsory. A student who attends less than 12 onsite sessions, without exemption based on special circumstances, will receive an NCN for the course. Where special circumstances apply, make-up days may be required.

Weighting: 20%

Release Date: Ongoing Assessment

Due Date: Ongoing Assessment

Estimated return date: At course completion via Wattle

Assessment Criteria: Onsite participation will be assessed using the Onsite Checklist. The mark will be based on overall assessment by the onsite Coordinator in consultation with the Course Convenor. The indicators of good practice are not weighted and will not be marked individually. Where a student has not had an opportunity to demonstrate a skill, that skill will not be part of the evaluation.

Onsite Checklist:


  • initiative with designated tasks - including appropriate balance between the need for initiative against other limitations e.g. role & personal limitations
  • adherence to onsite policy & procedures
  • problem solving skills - analysis of options/actions required
  • identifies potential risks and adopts appropriate risk management strategies
  • reliability & integrity
  • observed boundaries between the roles of students and Legal Aid staff in assisting clients
  • professional in dealings with a range of people, including Legal Aid staff, fellow students, other practitioners, departmental officers
  • commitment including attendance & punctuality
  • teamwork and contribution to effective working environment
  • cultural awareness/competency


  • approach to the matter – planning and strategy
  • analysis of client issues and identification of relevant law/next steps where appropriate
  • effective working relationship with clients – rapport, adherence to role and boundaries, sensitivity to client needs
  • work planning & time management - completing work in a timely way and meeting deadlines
  • research skills e.g. initiative, efficiency, thoroughness and problem solving
  • legible file notes kept, clear, accurate and succinct write up of interview notes
  • files maintained in compliance with the National Risk Management Guide e.g. all contacts recorded, accurate, detailed, legible file notes kept, file notes and correspondence secured in chronological order
  • written communications (letters, faxes) - appreciating purpose, clarity, layout, plain English, grammar and tone
  • verbal communications (clients / others) – appreciating purpose, appropriateness of language, clarity, negotiating skill
  • appropriate use of precedent material
  • legal submissions on substantive issues e.g. clarity, relevance, accuracy and persuasiveness


  • critical reflection on legal practices adopted by Legal Aid
  • critical reflection on issues affecting clients including power imbalances and structural inequalities
  • identification and analysis of professional and ethical issues
  • critical reflection on social justice issues identified from onsite work

Assessment Task 2

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 1:8

Seminar and Tutorial Participation and Attendance

Details of Task: Seminar and Tutorial Participation and Attendance. Students will be expected to attend the two day orientation seminar, and the seminars and tutorials held on Thursday afternoons (see the details under Class Structure and Content above) .

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to attend and participate in the two-day orientation seminar, a minimum of 3 seminars and 3 tutorials and the research paper presentation seminar will result in an NCN for the course unless special circumstances exist. In addition, students will be expected to give a 10 minute reflective presentation at a tutorial on a case study that they have worked on during their onsite experience, followed by 10 minutes of questions. A roster for the tutorial presentations will be organised in Week 1.

Weighting: 0%

Release Date: Ongoing assessment

Due Date: Ongoing assessment

Estimated Return Date: At course completion via Wattle

Assessment Criteria: No assessment rubric will be used in relation to seminar participation. This component of the assessment will be a holistic assessment of student engagement and contribution, including the extent to which the student demonstrates genuine and critical reflection and engagement with seminar content and readings together with the extent to which the student contributes examples/insights from onsite experience and skills development. Useful indicators are:

General participation

  • Questions asked, comments made during seminar presentations.
  • Quality of explanation of the legal issues involved in a clients' matters
  • Report on any non-legal issues involved eg issues of mental health, family situation etc
  • Understanding of client’s situation, evidence of empathy and understanding.
  • Connection between individual client experience and systemic problems or wider issues.
  • Listening to other students, and constructively contributing to discussion.

Reflective presentation

  • Demonstration of preparation for class 
  • Demonstration of reflection upon content/material
  • Understanding and application of relevant law and concepts 
  • Effectiveness of verbal communication and delivery (volume, tone, precision, clarity) 
  • Effectiveness of structure and clarity of oral presentation
  • Effective use of visual aids in presentation (or effective decision not to use visual aids)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 22/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 12/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1:8

Reflective Diary Assignment

Details of Task: Reflective Diary Assignment based on Clinic Placement to date.

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Non-completion of this task will result in a 0 for this assessment task.

Weighting: 30%

Word Limit: 1,500

Release: Students may begin work in Week 1

Due Date: 5pm on Monday 22nd March 2021. Late submission is permitted but a mark penalty will be imposed.

Estimated return date: 14 April 2021

Assessment Criteria: Feedback on the will use the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of reflection upon content/material/clinic work
  • Understanding and application of relevant law, policy and concepts 
  • Effectiveness of written communication and presentation of written work
  • Questioning and critical approach to class content/material
  • Effectiveness of structure and clarity of written presentation

Rubric will be posted on the wattle site.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 24/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4:9

Research Paper

Details of Task: Research Paper

Nature of 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 working on their project from the first week.

Due Date: 5:00pm Monday, 24 May 2021 via Turnitin. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.

Word Limit: 2,500

Estimated return date: At course completion via Turnitin

Assessment Criteria: The research paper will require students to develop a research topic in consultation with the onsite coordinator and the ANU convenor and to conduct independent research. The topic and the research will investigate a theme, issue or policy that is related to the course. Essays must include a bibliography that is excluded form the word count. This item is assessed using the following criteria:

  • Research of primary legal and scholarly secondary sources
  • Understanding and discussion of relevant law
  • Critical evaluation of material (including recognition of alternative perspectives)
  • Creative and original approach
  • Quality of practical recommendations or resources provided
  • Relevance of the work to Legal Aid
  • Effective use of words and word limit to address key issues
  • Expression and written communication including use of legal terminology, spelling etc
  • Structure including logical development of content/material
  • Effective use of headings
  • Referencing (eg bibliography) and compliance with AGLC

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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

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. Extensions may be granted 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).

Dr Faith Gordon

Research Interests

Youth Justice, Criminal Justice, Media

Dr Faith Gordon

By Appointment

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