LAWS 3056 Practising in the Public Interest
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 200943
Coordinator John Juriansz Opens in new window
Description This subject is delivered by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, an independent, non-profit legal and policy centre. The subject introduces students to systems advocacy and public interest law and exposes them to organisations that are directly involved in public interest and pro bono litigation and activities.
Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 2013 AND
LAWS 4015 AND
LAWS 2003 AND
Enrolment into this subject is by invitation only. A minimum GPA of 5.5 for law subjects is required in order to enrol in this subject.
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Write effectively and appropriately, displaying clear and logical structure and using accurate citation, grammar and punctuation.
- Use quality, current and relevant information from a range of primary and secondary sources.
- Ethically and accurately reference (using the Australian Guide to Legal Citation style) legal information from a range of primary and secondary sources.
- Demonstrate an understanding of legal and non-legal strategies used in public interest advocacy by a range of organisations.
- Construct and critically evaluate arguments by reference to appropriate evidence, authority and alternative perspectives.
- Apply understanding of systems advocacy, advocacy within formal decision-making structures, the benefits and uses of public interest litigation across a range of organisations that are involved in public interest and pro bono legal practice.
Harm, disadvantage, community and discrimination
Homelessness, imprisonment and detention
First Peoples and systems of justice
Equality before the law
Public Interest Advocacy and Campaigning
Public Interest Litigation
Parliamentary Processes for Campaigning
Bureaucratic and Political Strategies
Intervening in the Public Interest
Media and Social Media for Campaigning
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Reflective Journal||2,500 words (5 entries of 500 words each)||35||N||Individual|
|Research Assignment||2,500 - 3,000 words||65||N||Individual|
|Intensive Seminar Sessions||Students must satisfactorily complete all engagement requirements as may be established by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.||S/U||N||Individual|
- Readings will be provided by PIAC.