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LAWS3431: Law and Social Justice Clinic

In this unit of study students are afforded the opportunity to work the equivalent of one day per week during the semester in a 'public interest' placement site. In addition, students attend weekly seminars which are designed to promote discussion and reflection on a range of issues that may arise during the course of the placement as well as seminar presentations on matters relevant to public interest externships. The unit has a public interest focus which is reflected in the selection of placement sites. At the end of the unit students should have: * acquired a better sense of the professional and personal responsibilities associated with the practice of law; * developed an appreciation that the law is a people profession; * observed and participated in a high level of problem solving flowing from real case files (where appropriate); * been introduced to the basic inter-personal skills involved in the practice of law; * interacted with legal professionals in a flexible learning environment; * been introduced to aspects of the practice of law such as legal writing, advocacy and time management; and * developed the character and habits of a reflective practitioner.

Code LAWS3431
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop a more critical, informed and nuanced understanding of social justice advocacy in different contexts (including legal practice, legal policy and human rights advocacy)
  • LO2. identify the normative and theoretical bases relevant to social justice advocacy including legal, socio-political and economical dimensions
  • LO3. identify and respond to legal ethical issues
  • LO4. enhance and demonstrate skills in communication, collaboration, and group work
  • LO5. demonstrate crucial skills such as legal research, writing, analysis and time management
  • LO6. develop new personal insights to further enhance the capacity, character and habits of a reflective social justice advocate

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.