Public Interest Advocacy
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 such as cases involving possible miscarriages of justice, human rights and assisting persons seeking asylum protection. 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.
- Semester 1 - 2017
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 police documents and court documents including trial transcripts and other relevant material. Students will consider and review what further and additional information and documents are needed and what potential fresh or new evidence might be available and how this information and documents might be accessed.
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.
LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1003A, LAWS1003B, LAWS2004A, LAWS2004B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B.
Participation: Seminar participation
Online Learning Activity: Blog
Presentation: Seminar presentation
Written Assignment: Research assignment/ case submission