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Indigenous Law Clinic (LLB320)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 8 places), S2-internal (quota of 8 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This clinic will work on the legal matters of rural and remote indigenous clients, in areas of relevance to access to justice and equality within our legal system. Cases will include: over-representation in the justice system, deaths in custody, removal of children, police relations, family law and domestic violence. Students will do all aspects of legal work, under supervision of lawyers from interviewing, fact gathering, legal research, formulating advice, advising, and advocacy. Collaborators are the Aboriginal Family Law Services,.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

1. Critically analyse legal principles and skills in the context of a legal service which endeavours to meet the needs of the community
2. Use skills involving judgement, such as investigation of facts, the recognition of issues, the analysis of problems and situations, the use of strategies and decision-making generally.
3. Use legal skills involving inter-personal relations, such as interviewing, advising, negotiating and advocacy - and involving written communication, such as letter-writing and the drafting of documents.
4. Consider professional lawyer/client issues, involving awareness of personal morality and professional ethics, and the consequences of breaches of rules of conduct.
5. Reflect upon the way law operates on marginalised groups within the community, and how to improve access to justice for indigenous clients.
Timetabled Learning Activities Clinic will be by arrangement with students and supervisors
4 x two hour seminars per semester in line with those timetabled in LLB390, 385, and 387.
Unit Learning Experiences Each clinic day will start with a case conference, in which the students will discuss their file work with their peers and the supervisor. Then the clinic day will involve legal tasks such as interviewing, legal research, formulating advice and legal drafting as is required by the caseload.

The seminars will give students an opportunity to reflect on and discuss their experiences in practice, as well as build skills and resilience. These seminars cover reflective practice, access to justice, wellbeing and transition to practice.
Other Learning Experiences Weekly clinic, to take place either at Clinical offices Murdoch campus, or offsite at venue approved by Murdoch and our collaborators.
Assessment Ongoing performance in the clinic - 40%
Ongoing performance in the clinic - 40%
Reflection - 20%
Prerequisites Successful completion of all Part 1 units in the LLB; and LLB308 Introduction to Legal Practice, or BJU200 (2018 onwards), or LLB318 Legal Practice: An Introduction
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to collaborative nature with external partners and the fact it is a clinical unit, best practice in clinical legal units is 8:1 ratio Quota of 8 students per semester
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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