PUBLIC INTEREST LAW PRACTICE
Credit points: 15
In this subject students have the opportunity to experience law in practice outside the conventional individual private client model.You are placed in one of a variety of not-for-profit, public interest or government agencies. The focus of the legal work differs from agency to agency and may include policy and project work, law reform, advice to government, litigation, campaign work,client advice and representation. Students develop reflective practice through the process of writing journals and supervision sessions. Students spend 12 days at the placement site (normally one day a week), have a designated site supervisor and have regular meetings with an academic supervisor on campus. In the seminars the scope, practice and ethical aspects of public interest lawyering is explored. In the supervised tutorials students reflect on, compare and contrast their placement experiences.
SchoolLa Trobe Law School
Subject Co-ordinatorBen Walsh
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites Completion of 120 credit points of LAW subjects; Must be admitted to a Bachelor of Laws undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Laws double degree or LVLGE offered by the School of Law.
Special conditions Entrance into the subject is by application only. Application process is online.
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. To practise a reflective approach to learning.
- Reflective Journals, essay & participations in supervision sessions
02. To evaluate the concept, techniques and practice of public interest law and its place within legal practice
- Class Participation in seminars and supervision sessions and essay
03. To analyse the professional and ethical responsibilities of a legal practitioner in public interest law practice
- Participation in Seminars and Supervision Sessions and reflective journals.
04. To apply good written and oral communication skills in a legal environment.
- Reflective journals and essay, participation in Seminars and Supervision Sessions
05. To apply legal research skills in a legal environment.
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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment size20
Enrolment information Restricted by available external placement sites. Ballot with preference to final year students.
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMary Anne Noone
Six 2.0 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Placement - Off Site
One 12.0 days placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Six 2.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Five 1.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|class participation||10||01, 02, 03, 04|
|five reflective journals approximately 300-500words each.||30||01, 02, 03, 04|
|Essay (2500 words)||60||01, 02, 03, 04, 05|