Moving beyond traditional clinics : creating a new legal clinics through community partnerships

McNamara, Judith, Campbell, Catherine, & Darling, Emily (2013) Moving beyond traditional clinics : creating a new legal clinics through community partnerships. In Common Ground : Sharing across Models of Experiential Legal Education Conference, 16 - 18 July 2013, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)

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To overcome the challenge of finding placements for large student numbers, QUT has partnered with community organisations to enable students to work on community-based projects addressing a community need. Students work in interdisciplinary teams with the community organisation to resolve issues and identify solutions to suit the organisation and client base. This paper will describe the community engaged learning pedagogy that is employed in the subject and will consider the benefits and challenges to law students of working collaboratively and developing community relationships. Critical appraisal of the legal system and the role of lawyers and analysis of the professional and ethical responsibilities legal practitioners is a focus of the subject. Explicit emphasis is placed on developing a sense of social responsibility and inculcating a pro bono ethos. Students attend workshops on topics such as reflective practice, cultural competencies, client solutions, collaborative practice and ethical obligations. This paper will discuss the challenges in creating the new legal clinic subject, benefits to students and community partners, and the results of initial student evaluation of the subject.

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ID Code: 61631
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Legal Clinic, LJHERN, Legal Education, Reflective Practice, Service-learning, Community lawyering
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Higher Education Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author
Deposited On: 01 Aug 2013 23:14
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2013 23:14

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