LAW5216 - Professional practice 512
12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Law
Leader(s): Ross Hyams (Semester One); Adrian Evans (Semester Two); Helen Yandell (Summer).
Attendance at a legal service which endeavours to meet the needs of its community. Students learn a range of lawyers' skills and develop professional commitment and ethical standards. The subject adds a social dimension to academic training by creating an opportunity for students to assess the adequacy of law and legal processes in context.
Students completing this unit should have acquired
- the ability to analyse critically legal principles and the legal system in the context of contemporary society;
- an understanding of the extent to which the law and the legal system meet the needs of the community;
- skills involving judgment, such as the investigation of facts, the recognition of issues, the analysis of problems and situations, the use of tactics and decision-making;
- skills in oral and written communication required of lawyers, including interviewing, counselling, negotiating, advocacy and drafting;
- an understanding of professional legal issues of ethics and morality.
Legal service work: 60%
Community Engagement 20%
Written assignment or court appearances plus report: 20%
One half-day Legal Service session per week for 17 weeks (including non-teaching period) plus one and a half days per week client follow-up, one 2-hour seminar for 10 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week for the first three weeks of the teaching period
LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 OR LAW1104; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102; LAW2200 or LAW2201 and LAW2202; LAW3300 or LAW3301 and LAW3302. Please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/cle.html for an application form and more information.