- Class Number 7227
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Michael Sassella
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
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.
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.
Ross Hyams, Susan Campbell and Adrian Evans, Practical Legal Skills (4th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2014).
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.
|Summary of Activities
|ANU Week 1 / Clinical Week 1 Onsite Orientation - 9am - 12 Noon Monday and Tuesday (26 and 27 July)
|ANU Week 2 / Clinical Week 2 Onsite Seminar (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 3 / Clinical Week 3 Onsite Seminar (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 4 / Clinical Week 4 Onsite Seminar (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 5 / Clinical Week 5 Onsite Seminar - Research Project discussion (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|Reflective Diary Assignment
|ANU Week 6 / Clinical Week 6 Onsite Seminar - Reflection and Case Studies (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|Feedback: Mid-semester interviews during onsite days with the ANU convenor and the onsite convenor
|ANU Break / Clinical Week 7 Onsite
|ANU Break / Clinical Week 8 Onsite
|ANU Week 7 / Clinical Week 9 Onsite Seminar - Reflection and Case Studies (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 8 / Clinical Week 10 Onsite Seminar - Reflection and Case Studies (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 9 / Clinical Week 11 Onsite Seminar - Reflection and Case Studies (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 10 / Clinical Week 12 Onsite Seminar - Reflection and Case Studies (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 11 / Clinical Week 13 Onsite Seminar - Reflection and Research Chat (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|ANU Week 12 / Clinical Week 14 Seminar – Reflection + Course Overview -Tuesday (Tuesday 2-4pm)
|Research papers due
|Return of assessment
|Onsite Attendance and Participation
|Seminar and Tutorial Participation and Attendance
|Reflective Diary Assignment
* 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:
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, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Students are expected to undertake their onsite day accordingly.
Student must abide by the Student Expectations and Clinic Requirements.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
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. An application to justify less than 100% attendance must be made in writing directly to the convener, prior to the relevant seminar/clinic day or session. Students must supply appropriate supporting documentation with their application.
Release Date: Ongoing Assessment
Due Date: Ongoing Assessment
Estimated return date: Official end of semester results release date 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.
- 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
ANALYSIS AND REFLECTION
- 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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Seminar and Tutorial Participation and Attendance
Details of Task: Seminar Participation and Attendance. Students will be expected to attend the two day orientation seminar, and the seminars held on Tuesday afternoons (see the details under Class Structure and Content above) .In addition, students will be expected to give a 10 minute reflective presentation at a seminar on a case study that they have worked on during their onsite experience, followed by 10 minutes of questions. A roster for the presentations will be organised in Week 1.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to attend and participate in the two-day orientation seminar, a minimum of 6 seminars and the research paper presentation seminar will result in an NCN for the course unless special circumstances exist. An application to justify less than 100% attendance must be made in writing directly to the convener, prior to the relevant seminar/clinic day or session. Students must supply appropriate supporting documentation with their application.
Release Date: Ongoing assessment
Due Date: Ongoing assessment
Estimated Return Date: Official end of semester results release date 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:
- 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.
- 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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
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.
Word Limit: 1,800
Release: Students may begin work in Week 1
Due Date: 5pm , Monday 23rd August 2021. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: 6 September 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
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,7,8,9
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.
Release: Students may begin working on their project from the first week.
Due Date: 5pm, Monday 25 October 2021 via Turnitin. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Word Limit: 3,000
Estimated return date: Official end of semester results release date via Wattle.
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. A tool appended to the research paper to help users access a legal or social service available generally, or to a group with needs in Australian society.. 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, including the practical tool to assist individuals to access a legal or social service
- 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
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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.
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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.
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.
- Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been given an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time is provided in writing. Please note that the revised due date is calculated by including weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date are penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the assessment task per day or part thereof.
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