This unit is designed for later year LLB and JD students to undertake a project that allows them to work under the supervision of a University of Law School academic with one of the University's industry and community partners. In semester 1, 2019 students will work in teams, with the NSW Public Defenders Office and NSW Police, to prepare, run and reflect on a criminal trial relying in expert evidence, working with Psychology students who will be studying the role of expert witnesses. In semester 2, 2019 students will work in teams, with civil society organisations, to research and draft appropriately targeted law reform campaigns to achieve a desired social change goal. This experience will allow students to apply their academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to a real-world issue in an authentic and meaningful way. Participation in this unit will require students to submit an application.
Weekly classes will consist of seminars/workshops with acompanying online material.
Assessment will vary according to the project. In semester 1, 2019 it is likely to include the following: class participation (10%), analytical essay (30%), trial preparation outline (10%), conduct of the trial (40%), personal reflection (10%). In semester 2, 2019 it is likely to be class participation (10%), a law reform field report (20%), the campaign proposal (40%), presentation of the campaign proposal (20%), personal reflection (10%)
In semester 1, 2019 in order to undertake the project with the NSW Public Defenders Office and NSW Police, students will require assumed knowledge of Civil and Criminal Procedure and Evidence.
Required knowledge will vary by project.