Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


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 and interactive seminars covering the variety of potential public interest advocacy avenues available through law, whether class actions, pro bono lawyering, refugee advocacy, international law, submission writing, law reform, innocence projects, judicial and parliamentary inquiries, alliance building, representation of protestors, using the media or accessing government information. From engagement in public interest advocacy students will learn about the law's techniques, methods and limits in doing justice.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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 in analysis and synthesis 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, explore the 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.


This course seeks to pursue law reform and social justice for persons who are disadvantaged in dealing with the legal system. The course will review legal matters which are in the public interest or where there has been a miscarriage of justice or other serious failure in the administration of justice or a serious wrong which is unlikely to be properly addressed by the legal system without public interest advocacy.

Students will be engaged in the supervised preparation and carriage of public interest cases or projects. This will include the drafting of submissions, analysing documents and reports, reviewing government and other documents and court documents and other relevant material.  


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, and LAWS3041.

Assessment items

Participation: Seminar participation

Online Learning Activity: Blog

Presentation: Seminar presentation

Written Assignment: Research assignment/ case submission