Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Taught on campus and through a clinical placement at a host organisation.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 121 hours comprising 2 days of orientation, 12 days of clinical placement, 16 hours of seminars. |
Total Time Commitment:
Permission is required from the subject coordinator before enrolment. Students will be selected through a competitive application process. Further details on how to apply for a place will be available late in the preceding academic year.
At a minimum, students will need to have completed the subjects below to be eligible for enrolment in Public Interest Law Clinic:
Study Period Commencement:
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
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The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the School's programs.
The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/.
CoordinatorMs Claire Carroll, Ms Kate Fischer-Doherty
Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
Public Interest Law Clinic provides practical experience in which students support lawyers in public interest organisations in the delivery of legal services to the community. Students will undertake 12 days of clinical placement with a partner organisation in the community or government sector. On placement, and under supervision, students will utilise the legal knowledge and skills acquired during their degree to undertake work on legal issues with real clients, and in doing so, will be exposed to the realities of legal practice. The placement will be through regular, scheduled attendances throughout semester.
Prior to commencing with their host organisation, students will participate in two days of intensive orientation to prepare for their placement, including learning new legal practice skills and about specific areas of law where relevant. This will be complemented by seminars during the placement period. In these seminars, students will reflect on their ongoing clinical experience. This combination of practical placement and academic support will allow students to consider and reflect on the broader contexts in which legal issues arise, the lawyer's role and relationship with the delivery of justice and contemporary developments in professional practice.
A central component of the subject is that students critically reflect on their practical experience of public interest lawyering. The reflection serves several purposes. First, it gives students the opportunity to consider how the issues and ideas raised in the context of public interest lawyering are reflected in their practical experience in this area of law. On an individual level, it also provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their own use of legal skills, knowledge and approach to practice and consequently build on these skills, knowledge and competencies.
A student who successfully completes this subject will have a sophisticated insight into, and be able to reflect critically and meaningfully on:
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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Upon successful completion of the subject, students will have developed and demonstrated the following skills:
There is a quota of 20 students in Semester 1, 10 students in Winter, and 20 students in Semester 2. Details on quota subject selection are available on the JD website.
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