Courses & Units

Community Legal Practice LAW643



Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


Enrolments will be restricted to 16 students per semester. If more than 16 want to enrol the selection will be at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator.


Community Legal Practice is an experiential unit that provides students with the opportunity to work under supervision to take on the responsibilities of a lawyer representing clients with legal questions or problems.

This unit provides students with a choice of 'streams', each of which has a unique learning design and provides the opportunity to work in a different legal context with unique clients, questions and problems.

Each stream provides students with a real-world client and a real-world problem or issue about which to provide advice. The exact nature of the learning opportunities, placement, problem, issues, context and assessment will depend upon the stream chosen by the student. The streams to be offered include: Community Legal Practice (A), Community Legal Practice (Environmental Law) and Community Legal Practice (Disability Human Rights).


Unit name Community Legal Practice
Unit code LAW643
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Brendan Gogarty

Teaching staff

 Professor Benjamin J. Richardson & Dr Brendan Gogarty

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Full Year Period On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Full Year Period 24/2/2020 15/4/2020 22/6/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on and assess your own capabilities and performance, working both independently and collaboratively (as appropriate), in professional contexts, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development
  2. Think creatively when approaching real-word legal issues and generating appropriate responses that you effectively communicate for legal and non-legal audiences.
  3. Research and apply relevant legal theory, principles, concepts and policies to real-world problems in professional contexts, which include independent and collaborative work.
  4. Take an ethical approach when exercising professional judgement, and work within the rules and standards of professional conduct and responsibilities.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $1,729.00 090913

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



LAW354,LAW351,LAW353,LAW352 and LAW 305


Teaching Pattern

Two hours per week will be set aside for seminars. These will be used for various purposes (see above). These will be held in the Law Faculty Moot Court.

In addition you will be required to attend the Student Legal Service Clinic on the ground floor of the law building at times scheduled by the Student Legal Service and agreed to by your firm. You must attend a minimum of nine (9) hours of Student Legal Service clinic.


Assessment will vary depending on the stream chosen by the student. An example for the Environmental Law stream is: Legal memo (15%), project report (50%), participation in practicum (35%).

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