PUBLIC INTEREST LAW PRACTICE

LAW2PLP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Walsh

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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.

Activities:
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

Activities:
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

Activities:
Participation in Seminars and Supervision Sessions and reflective journals.

04. To apply good written and oral communication skills in a legal environment.

Activities:
Reflective journals and essay, participation in Seminars and Supervision Sessions

05. To apply legal research skills in a legal environment.

Activities:
Essay

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size20

Enrolment information Restricted by available external placement sites. Ballot with preference to final year students.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMary Anne Noone

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
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 Week: 10 - 22
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.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
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.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
class participation10 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