Redfern Legal Centre Clinic

Unit Description

Redfern Legal Centre Clinic is a unit of study designed to introduce law students to human rights in a practical frontline setting. Selected students will have a novel opportunity to learn under the supervision of Redfern Legal Centre’s (RLC) Employment and Discrimination law expert, Dr. Linda Tucker. Both employment and discrimination law demonstrate the fundamental and practical importance of human rights, particularly for vulnerable individuals. Employment law is a dynamic and volatile area of practice and addresses the inherent power imbalance in workplace relationships. Discrimination law continues to be a highly relevant area of law particularly with recent federal and state inquiries on balancing the right to freedom of speech and the right to be free from discrimination, harassment and vilification. Students will be also exposed to policy and law reform work undertaken at RLC in these areas and have the opportunity to critically analyse the relevant legal issues.

RLC’s clients frequently present with a range of intersecting personal, socio-economic, cultural and health issues which necessarily affect their legal matters. Effective and ethical advice in these circumstances requires an understanding of the relevant client capacity as well as the context in order to devise strategic approaches best suited to the needs of RLC's clients. The application of legal principles and processes in this setting facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of achieving access to justice for RLC's clients and community.

Students will work on matters booked in for the weekly advice night, under the supervision of the RLC's employment and discrimination law solicitor, Dr. Linda Tucker. Students will be focused on the relevant legal issues arising from client matters requiring research and discussion in preparation for evening appointments. Students will then attend appointments with the RLC solicitors and assist them as required as well as undertake follow up work at their next session, where appropriate.

There will be no additional formal classes at the Law School.

Assessment

Assessment Task

Due Date

% of Final Mark

Assessment Details

3000 words written research assignment

16 October, 2017

70%

This research assignment is designed to complement your clinical legal education in this unit of study. The Topic will be chosen by you after consulting with Dr. Tucker, and if necessary with Faculty liaison Irene Baghoomians and/or Informal Faculty adviser Associate Professor Belinda Smith. In addition to essays, student will be able to adopt different formats such as legal advice, submissions, etc.

You will need to conduct the research for this assignment outside the Clinic hours.

RLC’s Student evaluation

22 November 2017

30%

This is based on an ‘end of semester’ written evaluation of your performance by Dr. Tucker in consultation with the Faculty Liaison.

Satisfactory attendance at RLC Clinic

 

Pass/Fail

You must attend every session of the RLC Clinic during the Semester on Tuesdays from 2:00-9:00pm. More than one unexplained absence will be deemed to be ’unsatisfactory attendance’ and will result in an overall fail grade in the Unit of Study.

 

Application Process

This unit of study is open to penultimate and final year LLB and JD students.

To apply for this unit you must complete the Application for Redfern Legal Centre Clinic, including a maximum two page statement addressing the selection criteria. Applications should be emailed to: .

Applications close: 4pm Friday 9 June 2017

The Law School and the Redfern Legal Centre will then jointly make the selection. If your application is successful, you should expect to be notified in mid-June 2017 via university email. You will then be able to finalise your enrolment in the unit.

There is a bursary of $1500 for the 10 students selected for this unit of study.