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Faculty Of Law And Management

LAW2CLE, 2011

Subject Code:LAW2CLE
Subject Short Title:CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION
Credit Points:30.0
Special Conditions:Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws. Knowledge of MSWord, World Wide Web, internet and email required. Entrance into the subject is by application only. Application forms are available from and submitted to the Faculty Student Services Office, Donald Whitehead Building 208. They can also be downloaded from the School's home page
Subject Description:The focus of this course is to learn about real life practice of law in an area of Melbourne where there is a high proportion of disadvantage and poverty. Students participate in the provision of legal services and perform legal work under supervision at the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service. Students are encouraged to reflect on the practice of law; the value, dynamics and effectiveness of the legal system, ethics, legal professionalism, the role of lawyers in society, the relevance of human rights law and the potential of law to achieve justice for the economically and socially disadvantaged. The course is taught in a human rights context and with an emphasis on ethical legal practice. Students enhance their practical legal skills of communication, interviewing, providing legal advice, writing, legal research, negotiation, advocacy and a law reform project. The course involves one full day of legal placement work each week in addition to classroom and assessment requirements.
Quota Size:12
Prerequisites:LAW2CNT and LAW2TOR and LAW3CPE
Class Requirements:one 2-hour seminar and a full day's placement per week
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:N

Assessment:

Assessment Type%Comments
class participation 10
placement45
1,500-word interview report15
3,000-word written assignment30

Readings:

Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
PrescribedPractical Legal SkillsRoss Hyams, Susan Campbell and Adrian Evans3rd edn, 2007

Subject Coordinator: Ms Peggy Kerdo

Subject Availability
BUNDOORA
Semester 1, Day. Ms Peggy Kerdo
Semester 2, Day. Ms Peggy Kerdo