Refugee/Migration Law Clinic

10 Units

The primary objective of this course is to enable a student to acquire, by way of experiential learning and otherwise, some of the specialised technical knowledge and professional legal skills in refugee and migration law and human rights lawyering.

The course will enable students to develop and practice some of the specialised technical and legal skills needed for refugee and migration law cases including effective written and oral communication with clients, parties and organisations, human rights advocacy, detailed legal research and drafting law reform submissions and research projects.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the law through placement in a law practice or organisation focused on migration, refugee and human rights lawyering.
  2. Undertake practical experience with the range of activities in which lawyers engage to promote respect for human rights.
  3. Contribute to supporting social justice through assistance to marginalised clients seeking migration advice.
  4. Integrate the theory and practice of social justice and human rights lawyering and assist persons seeking asylum through the use of complex research, technical writing and advocacy skills.
  5. Critically reflect on the concepts of access to justice, human rights lawyering and professional responsibility.
  6. Identify and analyse barriers that disadvantaged persons face when accessing justice and the legal system.
  7. Identify and critically analyse issues in legal practice including the importance of pro bono contributions by the legal profession and their promotion of justice and service to the community.
  8. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy, expert judgment and accountability in dealing with specialised social justice and human rights issues, principles and concepts.

Topics in this course include:

  1. Introduction to clinical placement and clinical legal education
  2. Social justice, human rights and public interest lawyering
  3. Migration law and refugee (asylum) claims
  4. Advanced communication skills
  5. Public interest advocacy
  6. Advanced legal drafting and submissions
  7. Advanced legal research skills and legal reasoning
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written refugee/migration law research project or law reform submission
  • Participation: Seminar and Placement participation
  • Presentation: Seminar presentation

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6026
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