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 LawRight. 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.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Law|
|Subject title:||Litigation Clinic|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Students should attend all clinical sessions. Attendance will be monitored and will have an impact upon your final mark in this subject. In Semester 213 Students will be required to attend one day per week for the duration of the semester and will attend in-person (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) at LawRight’s office in Brisbane, to be arranged with the LawRight facilitator. Students are required to bring their own laptop.|
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|[email protected] & Email:||[email protected] is the online learning environment at Bond University and is used to provide access to subject materials, lecture recordings and detailed subject information regarding the subject curriculum, assessment and timing. Both iLearn and the Student Email facility are used to provide important subject notifications. Additionally, official correspondence from the University will be forwarded to students’ Bond email account and must be monitored by the student.|
To access these services, log on to the Student Portal from the Bond University website as www.bond.edu.au
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
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.
Assurance of learning
Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.
At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, including a commitment to learning and working: a) autonomously, collaboratively and reflectively; and b) ethically and responsibly.
|Workplace Performance Report||Clinic Performance||80%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3.|
|Essay||Reflective Paper||20%||To Be Negotiated||1, 2, 3.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
Additional subject information
Assessment will be workplace-based and students will be assessed on Performance during clinics (80% of total mark) and a Reflective Paper (20% of total mark). | Students may be asked to respond to questions from the subject coordinator regarding the content of their assessments. Students are expected to keep evidence of drafting and research.