Course Title: Clinical Legal Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Legal Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Professor Bronwyn Naylor

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email: bronwyn.naylor@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World, Law. Business & Human Rights, Technology, Ethics and the Law


Course Description

Clinical Legal Practice introduces you to the practice of law through the provision of legal services to clients at partner community legal centres under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners. You will be introduced to the regulatory framework applying to legal practice in Victoria, and acquire a range of practical legal skills. You will also develop an understanding of current challenges relating to social justice and access to justice, and the scope for law and policy reforms. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

CLO1: Apply the rules that relate to legal practice.

CLO2: Evaluate the justice system and identify areas of reform that relate to community legal practice.

CLO3: Undertake independent legal research to analyse complex problems relating to legal practice and to assess and articulate appropriate choices amongst alternatives.

CLO4: Apply the practical legal skills of interviewing, drafting and advocacy, and develop understanding of civil and criminal procedure and alternative approaches to resolving client legal problems.

CLO5: Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and collaborate effectively in a clinical setting.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this Course occurs primarily through engagement in the direct provision of legal services under the supervision of a legal practitioner and of the Course Coordinators.  Learning is supported by regular individual and group review meetings and seminars, by the topic materials and course guides, and by the recommended text.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.