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Clinical Legal Practice and Education is now a central feature of law studies across Australian Universities. This unit provides UTAS Law students with the necessary educational foundation to effectively engage in clinical legal practice within the law degree and as student volunteers in social justice and community law activities. It allows you to learn about the law in practice, directly contribute to and support vulnerable communities, and reflect on your role as a future lawyer. Clinical legal education provides this while developing your legal skills.

You will receive training in legal professional conduct, legal ethics, correspondence and communication, client relations, memo and advice preparation, legal collaboration, case and firm management. Training and seminars will be delivered by academic staff and guest lecturers from the legal profession.  You will also have d the opportunity to put these skills and knowledge into practice in the Law School’s on-site legal clinics (Student Legal Service and Migration Legal Service), assisting clinic lawyers interview, prepare research and advice and correspondence to and for clients.

By completing this unit, you will be better prepared to make genuine and substantial contributions to social justice and volunteering work, either outside your studies or as part of Legal Professional Experience - for which this unit is a prerequisite. The unit connects to the training students receive in the graduate diploma of legal practice at the Tasmanian Centre for Legal Studies, facilitating an articulated transition to that program and to legal employment after it.

Summary 2021

Unit name Legal Practice and Lawyering
Unit code LAW344
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Brendan Gogarty

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect critically on the work and obligations of lawyers, the operation of the legal system and the way in which law is practised.
  2. Think creatively when approaching real-word legal issues and tailor your response to the circumstances.
  3. Apply your theoretical legal knowledge and research to a legal problem in an efficient and directed way.
  4. Demonstrate preliminary practical legal and professional skills and the ability to adopt and utilise the appropriate skills in the circumstances.
  5. Work independently, collaboratively and under direction in a professional and inclusive manner.




Selective entry, based on application.


Teaching Pattern

Clinical practice, 3 hours, fortnightly
Legal professional skills seminars, 1 hour, 10 times in Semester
Mandatory professional conduct / ethics lectures, 2 hours, 3 times in Semester


Skills assessment, 3x 1 hour (30%), Folio and exit interview, 3000 words (50%),  Personal and Group Accountability, 6x 500 word records (20%)

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