PUBLIC INTEREST LAW PRACTICE

LAW2PLP

2021

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/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesReflective journals, research essay, class preparation activities, classes and supervision sessions

Capstone subjectNo

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

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesBy the order of application to subject coordinator

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

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedYes

Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectEntire subject

Total hours/days required75 to 115 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsHosts complete an evaluation on professional behaviours. Other additional requirements will depend on the host organisation but may include a Working with Children’s Check, Police Check, selection interview, host organisation agreements, host inductions.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop a reflective approach to learning.
02. Demonstrate critical thinking in relation to the practice of public interest law and its place within legal practice
03. Analyse the professional and ethical responsibilities of a legal practitioner in public interest law practice
04. Develop communication skills in a legal environment.
05. Develop legal research skills.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size22

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 d placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Class preparation and participation activity (1000 word equivalent) Assessment is based on tutorial questions and other learning activities

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Three reflective journals (300 words each - total of 900 words) Assessment will require students to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking skills

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (2500 words) Essay questions will be linked to class readings and students will be expected to apply appropriate research techniques for answering it.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO5

Satisfactory completion of placement Hurdle requirement: student must demonstrate that they have conducted themselves satisfactorily from the perspective of the host

N/AOtherIndividualYes0

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size22

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 d placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Class preparation and participation activity (1000 word equivalent) Assessment is based on tutorial questions and other learning activities

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Three reflective journals (300 words each - total of 900 words) Assessment will require students to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking skills

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (2500 words) Essay questions will be linked to class readings and students will be expected to apply appropriate research techniques for answering it.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO5

Satisfactory completion of placement Hurdle requirement: student must demonstrate that they have conducted themselves satisfactorily from the perspective of the host

N/AOtherIndividualYes0

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size22

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 d placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Class preparation and participation activity (1000 word equivalent) Assessment is based on tutorial questions and other learning activities

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Three reflective journals (300 words each - total of 900 words) Assessment will require students to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking skills

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (2500 words) Essay questions will be linked to class readings and students will be expected to apply appropriate research techniques for answering it.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO5

Satisfactory completion of placement Hurdle requirement: student must demonstrate that they have conducted themselves satisfactorily from the perspective of the host

N/AOtherIndividualYes0

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size22

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 d placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Class preparation and participation activity (1000 word equivalent) Assessment is based on tutorial questions and other learning activities

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Three reflective journals (300 words each - total of 900 words) Assessment will require students to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking skills

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (2500 words) Essay questions will be linked to class readings and students will be expected to apply appropriate research techniques for answering it.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO5

Satisfactory completion of placement Hurdle requirement: student must demonstrate that they have conducted themselves satisfactorily from the perspective of the host

N/AOtherIndividualYes0