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LAWS13-574: Litigation Clinic


Litigation Clinic is an elective subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject will provide students with exposure to general public interest law issues through service at the Self-Representation Service operated by the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House. Students will observe interviews with self-represented litigants conducted by qualified legal professionals and assist with the provision of advice related to proceedings in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Queensland Supreme and District Courts, and the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia. Students will be required to attend an office located in the District and Supreme Court building in Brisbane one day per week for the duration of the semester under the supervision of a qualified solicitor. This clinical subject provides a unique and valuable opportunity for students to develop practical legal skills, become familiar with the litigation process and establish networks with legal practitioners from a wide variety of law firms, including major national law firms. The subject also provides students with an opportunity to gain experience in the community legal sector and an understanding of the importance of pro bono legal work.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,390

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the following legal topics: a) the key features of civil procedure in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Queensland Supreme and District Courts, and the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia; and b) the principles and methods of legal research and reasoning.
2. Demonstrate competency in exercising the following professional legal skills, including an ability to: a) interact with various members of the legal profession in a professional manner; b) conduct effective and efficient legal research and analysis; c) write clearly and concisely in a contextually appropriate manner; d) effectively manage time and appropriately prioritise tasks; e) obtain, record and comprehend instructions provided by the clinic supervisor; and f) understand and reflect upon the role and importance of pro bono legal services for the Australian community and the function of a community law firm.
3. Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, including a commitment to learning and working: a) autonomously, collaboratively and reflectively; and b) ethically and responsibly.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Students are expected to have completed at least 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects

Restrictions: ?

Faculty approval is required. Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020