LAW 3510 - Clinical Legal Education
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code LAW 3510 Course Clinical Legal Education Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Law (LLB) Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites LAW 2504 Incompatible LAW 3080 Assumed Knowledge LAW 3501 Restrictions Available to LLB students only. Course participation will be by way of selection. Course Description The course is designed to demonstrate the operation of theoretical and doctrinal law in a legal environment. Students are placed for one day per week in a legal office, supervised by a legal practitioner, and participate actively in all aspects of the work at the office, including case work. The Law School also offers placements at legal advice clinics run by Flinders and Adelaide Law Schools at the Adelaide Magistrates Court, and at the Adelaide Legal Outreach Service, an advice centre run by the Law School. The concurrent seminar program builds on students' experiences on placement, examining issues such as lawyer/client relationships, legal ethics, professionals and professions, justice access, and the role of our legal system in society.
* When offered over summer course entails 2 days of placement each week for 6 weeks between January and end of February.
Course Coordinator: Margaret CastlesMargaret Castles (Course Coordinator)
Paula Meegan (Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service Supervisor)
Ross Savvas (Adelaide Legal Outreach Service Supervisor)
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course offers a limited number of students the opportunity to participate in legal practice whilst completing a three point elective subject. Students are placed at one of two legal advice services operated by the Law School, or at other community focussed legal service agencies, for one day a week for 12 weeks in Semester 1 and 2, or for two days per week over 6 weeks in Summer semester, as well as participating in an academically focussed seminar program. This course will equip later year law students with a critical appreciation the operation of law in a practical setting, the day to day and long term impact of law on the community, justice access, dimensions of community lawyering as a social and professional phenomenon, and the ethical and professional dimensions of legal practice. These outcomes will provide students with a number of the Program Graduate Attributes for the Bachelor of Laws, including:
- Advanced and applied understanding of the operation of theoretical legal principles in a practical legal setting
- a critical understanding of the role of the lawyer and the legal profession in the provision of a just and accessible legal system
- appreciation of the importance of justice access in ensuring the continued credibility of the legal system and a just society
- critical and practical appreciations of the strategic and ethical dimensions of law and legal practice in both a personal and a broader social context
- advanced legal practice skills and theoretical understanding in dealing with clients in legal practice, including the capacity to analyse and apply different theoretical models of client centered practice
- The capacity to exercise judgment and make informed and considered decisions in a legal practice environment
- The capacity to work effectively and reliably in a professional environment, both individually and as a member of a team
- the refinement and development of research and analytical skills of a high order
- the refinement and development of oral and written communication skills of a high order;
Communication Skills: The continuing development of good inter-personal and communication skills is widely recognised as important for all graduates. This course specifically seeks to develop students’ abilities to engage in a wide range of written and oral communication activities, in the day to day clinical work on placement, and involvement in interactive seminar program. Assessment is also based in part upon communication skills in a range of different contexts.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5,6,8,9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,5,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5,7,9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7,8,9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2,3,4,7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,4
Required ResourcesAll materials required for this course will be provided via MYUNI either in the form of allocated readings, seminar guides, training materials, and references to resources available online.
Recommended ResourcesBobette Wolski
Skills Ethics and Values for Legal Practice
Thomson Reuters 2008
South Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012
Online LearningMost course materials will be provided via MYUNI.
If students are directed to participate in any online discussion forums as a result of absence from any class OR in substitute for seminars missed due to public holidays, participation in such forum will be compulsory.
Additional information and links to sites of interest or current interest will be accessed via MyUni links.
Students are required to check MyUni regularly (at least weekly) to keep up to date with online activities.
Online discussion forums and Facebook/blog activities may be introduced from time to time as advised to students during the semester.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTeaching in this subject is by way of one 7 hour training day, 6x2 hour weekly seminars, and two days per week on placement.
MYUNI, Facebook, or blogs may be used as a basis for online discussion and posting links.
Students in this course are required to attend and participate in the Training Day, and a minimum of 5 out of 6 face to face seminars as a prerequisite to passing the subject, and must participate in any online discussion forum set up as an alternative to classes missed due to absence of individual students or public holidays.
Seminars are an important component of learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
The modeling of cogent reporting, the open minded discussion of ideas and values, and the evaluative discussion of experience and practice by reference to principles set out in course materials are essential components in achieving the goals of the course (outlined above).
Participation in seminars requires demonstrated familiarity with reading materials, preparation of tasks or preparation allocated before seminars, engagement in discussion or activities in seminars. Students are not able to demonstrate the above will be considered not to have "participated" in seminars to a satisfactory level.
Students who fail to attend the Training Day without approval and completion of agreed substituted learning activities will not be permitted to attend placement or continue with the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The University expects full-time students to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies.
In this course students must attend a one day training/induction session preparatory to commencing their legal placement, 5 out of 6 x 2 hour seminars, and two days of placement (9 am - 5 pm) per week for 6 weeks.
Students may be required to attend additional induction sessions (usually by negotiation in the week prior to the placement commencing).
In addition students will be expected to complete assessment (journal, writing exercise, major project) outside placement/seminar hours.
Learning Activities SummaryThe topics covered will include:
- The concept of professionalism and models of lawyering
- Client centered legal practice (theory and practice)
- Client Interviewing
- Legal Writing
- Evaluation of Different Models for dealing with clients
- Reflective learning techniques and self reflective practices
- Legal ethics
- Justice access
- Law reform
- Self care and care of others in the legal profession
- small group collaborative work on specified short exercises for reporting to larger group (groups of 2 – 6),
- large group discussion,
- allocated questions,
- role plays,
- invitations to speak on issues arising on placement,
- small group discussion,
- quizzes, hypotheticals, and problem solving exercises
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must attend on placement and demonstrate capacity to engage in placement activities including interviewing clients, written work, and case management, with the support and direction of a placement supervisor. Students must receive at least 50% (Pass) for the placement component of the course to pass the course.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceClinical Legal Education is of its nature a small group discovery experience. Students work in small teams of 2 - 8 under the supervision of a solicitor. The primary learning methodology of CLE is student led exploration and investigation in acheiving case work outcomes, and completing self directed project work. Autonomy, personal responsiblity, evaluation and reflection are critical aspects of the pedagogy of CLE and are embedded in all aspects of the student experience.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryProfessional Journal 30%
Part 1 Monday 18 August 8 pm ONLINE SUBMISSION
Part 2 Monday 15 September 8 pm ONLINE SUBMISSION
Class Participation P/F -
Project and explanatory methodology 30% Friday 21 November 2pm * Students have the option of working in groups for the Project. Grades may be differentially awarded if different levels of contribution and participatoin are evident. Methodology submitted as part of the project assignment is required and indicates the nature participation of each student in any group project work.
Performance on placement (assessment by supervisor) 20%
Communication practicum 20% Monday 25 August 4pm
Assessment Task Submission Due Weighting Writing Practicum Hard copy
Monday 25 August, 4pm
20% Journal #1 Weeks 1 -3 (draft) Online Monday 19 August, 8pm - Journal #2 Weeks 1 - 8 Online Monday 29 September, 8pm 20% Journal #3 Weeks 9 - 12 Online Monday 3 November, 8pm 10% Project Hard Copy Monday 17 November, 2pm 30%
Assessment Related RequirementsDetailed information about
- Content of Assessment
- Grade Descriptors and Grading evaluation
- Marking rubrics
No information currently available.
SubmissionSubmission of Journal (Parts 1 and 2) is by Gradecentre on MYUNI
Submission of Project and Methodolgy is in hard copy (with electronic back up copies to be provided if requested)
Communication Practicum is in hard copy.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.Courses for which a result of conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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