Public Interest Advocacy
|Course code LAWS5037||Units 10||Level 5000||Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School|
This course draws upon academic and clinical knowledge, skills, experience and application to render a practical and effective contribution to public interest advocacy and justice. Students are engaged in the supervised preparation and carriage of particular public interest cases or projects. Students may also be engaged in ‘street law’ projects undertaken to inform the community as to the means by which they can access and seek justice. From engagement in public interest advocacy students will learn about the law's techniques, methods and limits in doing justice.
Available in 2015
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course students will be able to: |
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal and public interest advocacy processes and methods;
2. Critically review legal processes arrived at through the study, experience of and reflection upon public interest cases and projects.
3. Critically evaluate the uses and limitations of legal process available to individuals and groups seeking to achieve individual and social justice.
4. Demonstrate the development of lawyering skills through participation in public interest cases, law reform submissions and projects. Development of skills, analysis and synthesis and problem solving, fact investigation, communication, negotiation, media strategies, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, case management and the resolution of ethical dilemmas.
5. Demonstrate the development of specific legal research and writing skills in the context of public interest advocacy.
6. Identify and critically analyse the wider issues in legal practice including the importance of pro bono contributions by the legal profession, acting as an advocate for the just rule of law, barriers that some people face in accessing justice and the legal system and respond to demands for reform in an analytical and public spirited fashion.
|Content||The course will consist of supervised participation in the preparation and carriage of public interest cases or projects, the presentation of a seminar and the submission of a research essay or law reform submission.|
|Assumed Knowledge||LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1003A, LAWS1003B, LAWS2004A, LAWS2004B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Experience Based Learning|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 7 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks|
|Timetables||2015 Course Timetables for LAWS5037|