PUBLIC INTEREST LAW PRACTICE

LAW2PLP

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students have the opportunity to experience law in practice in the public law sector. 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-ordinatorSue Marshall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete 60 credit points of LAW level 1 and 60 credit points of LAW level 2 subjects and enrolment is by application only.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students cannot enrol in any of these placement subjects without securing a placement, and written approval from the Subject Coordinator or Experiential Learning Team.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a reflective approach to learning.

Activities:
Reflective Journals and supervision sessions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

02. Demonstrate critical thinking in relation to the practice of public interest law and its place within legal practice

Activities:
Class preparation activities and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Analyse the professional and ethical responsibilities of a legal practitioner in public interest law practice

Activities:
Reflective Journals and supervision sessions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Develop communication skills in a legal environment.

Activities:
Reflective journals and class preparation activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Develop legal research skills.

Activities:
Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Week 09-26, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size22

Enrolment information Host Placement availability Merit based quota. By the order of application to subject coordinator

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class preparation and participation activity (1000 word equivalent)Assessment is based on tutorial questions and other learning activities20 01, 03, 04
Three reflective journals (300 words each - total of 900 words)Assessment will require students to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking skills30 01, 02, 03
Essay (2500 words)Essay questions will be linked to class readings and students will be expected to apply appropriate research techniques for answering it. 50 02, 05
Satisfactory completion of placementHurdle requirement: student must demonstrate that they have conducted themselves satisfactorily from the perspective of the host

Melbourne, 2020, Week 30-44, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size22

Enrolment information Host Placement availability Merit based quota. By the order of application to subject coordinator

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"on same day as tutorial"

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 12.0 days placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class preparation and participation activity (1000 word equivalent)Assessment is based on tutorial questions and other learning activities20 01, 03, 04
Three reflective journals (300 words each - total of 900 words)Assessment will require students to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking skills30 01, 02, 03
Essay (2500 words)Essay questions will be linked to class readings and students will be expected to apply appropriate research techniques for answering it. 50 02, 05
Satisfactory completion of placementHurdle requirement: student must demonstrate that they have conducted themselves satisfactorily from the perspective of the host