Creating a comprehensive clinical and capstone experience for regional law students

Shircore, Mandy (2015) Creating a comprehensive clinical and capstone experience for regional law students. In: ALTA Conference Abstracts. From: Australasian Law Teachers Association Annual Conference 2015 , 18-18 July 2015, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Law (and business and IT) students at James Cook University are required to complete a compulsory work integrated learning (WIL) subject in the final year of their studies. Students choose from a range of subjects that include clinical placements, multi-disciplinary industry projects, independent projects and advocacy exercises. Developing a comprehensive WIL experience for students in a regional setting gives rise to distinct considerations and challenges. These include for example student preparedness for professional life, reputational issues and limited industry partner opportunities. Despite these limitations, the nature of regional centres and regional lawyering in particular, provides many opportunities to create a unique experience for students, staff and the community. This paper reflects upon both the challenges and opportunities for clinical and WIL experiences for law students in a regional setting. It considers the nature of regional legal practice; relationship building with lawyers and community organisations; best practice capstone curriculum design that prepares students to engage in WIL experiences and transition to the workforce; and importantly how law students can improve access to justice in their own regions.

Item ID: 43892
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: law; clinical legal education; work-integrated learning; capstone
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Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 23:46
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180102 Access to Justice @ 50%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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