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Migration Clinic (LLM542)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit is designed for students to participate in the migration law practice at SCALES community legal centre. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in a real practice while assisting the community. Students who are enrolled in this subject must adhere to the clinic's policies, criteria and guidelines.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO 1: Apply skills involving judgement such as the investigation of facts, analysis of problems and
professional decision making.
ULO 2: Communicate professionally through interviewing, preparing advice, negotiation, advocacy, letter
writing and drafting of documents.
ULO 3: Apply professional ethical principles and the code of conduct to a real-life context.
ULO 4: Demonstrate an understanding of the role the migration profession in a social context through self
and peer reflective practices.
ULO 5: Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal requirements of working in a migration
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 x 2 hour seminars
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experiences for this unit are achieved through practical hands-on work with SCALES Community
Legal Centre. Students will have an opportunity to assess the adequacy of the law and legal process in
context. Under supervision of registered migration agents and legal practitioners, students will see real
clients, research and formulate advice and take responsibility for client files
It is expected that through such exposure, students will reflect on and demonstrate a better understanding
of the role of migration law and migration agents in society and of substantive migration law and procedures
that they will have to apply during the subject.
Other Learning Experiences 1 full day attendance per week at the Law Clinic and otherwise as required.
Assessment Students will receive continual and cumulative feedback on all their work in the clinic. Students will be assessed against criteria regarding their work within the legal practice and also on their ability to reflect on experiences. This feedback will be both oral through debriefs and case conferences, as well as written in the form of corrected work and an ongoing assessment grid. A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Prerequisites LLM523 Australian Migration Law, LLM528 Australia's Visa Systems I; LLM533 Fundamental Migration Practice Skills.
Co-requisites: LLM534 Australia's Visa System II; LLM541 Contemporary Migration Law Issues and Business Skills
Quota This unit is subject to quota. All clinical units have low staff:student ratios, this is also dependent on the availability of space at the SCALES Murdoch Office Students need to complete an Expression of Interest to apply for enrolment in this unit. For more information please contact the School of Law office.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice (GradDipAusMigLaw)
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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