Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The primary objective of this course is to enable a student to acquire, by way of experiential learning and otherwise, some of the specialised technical knowledge and professional legal skills in refugee and migration law and human rights lawyering.

The course will enable students to develop and practice some of the specialised technical and legal skills needed for refugee and migration law cases including effective written and oral communication with clients, parties and organisations, human rights advocacy, detailed legal research and drafting law reform submissions and research projects.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the law through placement in a law practice or organisation focused on migration, refugee and human rights lawyering.

2. Undertake practical experience with the range of activities in which lawyers engage to promote respect for human rights.

3. Contribute to supporting social justice through assistance to marginalised clients seeking migration advice.

4. Integrate the theory and practice of social justice and human rights lawyering and assist persons seeking asylum through the use of complex research, technical writing and advocacy skills.

5. Critically reflect on the concepts of access to justice, human rights lawyering and professional responsibility.

6. Identify and analyse barriers that disadvantaged persons face when accessing justice and the legal system.

7. Identify and critically analyse issues in legal practice including the importance of pro bono contributions by the legal profession and their promotion of justice and service to the community.

8. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy, expert judgment and accountability in dealing with specialised social justice and human rights issues, principles and concepts.


Topics in this course include:

  1. Introduction to clinical placement and clinical legal education
  2. Social justice, human rights and public interest lawyering
  3. Migration law and refugee (asylum) claims
  4. Advanced communication skills
  5. Public interest advocacy
  6. Advanced legal drafting and submissions
  7. Advanced legal research skills and legal reasoning


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program, or in a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I, and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II

LAWS6002A Torts Part A, or LAWS6120 Torts I

LAWS6002B Torts Part B, or LAWS6121 Torts II

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II

LAWS6005 Property

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written refugee/migration law research project or law reform submission

Participation: Seminar and Placement participation

Presentation: Seminar presentation

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.