USC Law School offers students from their first year a range of opportunities to experience the practical application of legal knowledge and skills in workplace settings. Students observe how legal practice integrates the knowledge and skills gained in law studies with awareness of the social and commercial context in which legal problems arise. They reflect on the difficulties people experience in gaining access to justice, and evaluate laws and legal institutions from broader perspectives.
The Advice Clinic operates in partnership with the Suncoast Community Legal Service, which provides an advice and referral service with the assistance of volunteer lawyers. First year law students enrolled in two introductory courses, LAW101 Foundations of Law A and LAW102 Foundations of Law B, take part in an advice session conducted by the Legal Service at Maroochydore. Students interview clients, brief a volunteer lawyer, discuss the advice that should be given to a client, and observe the lawyer providing advice to the client.
Law Professional Practice
LAW311 Law Professional Practice (formerly Law Clinic) is an elective course in which students undertake legal casework for clients of the Legal Service under the supervision of a USC lecturer and qualified lawyer, and the Legal Service’s Principal Solicitor. Students interview clients, research and provide legal advice, draft legal documents and assist in court or tribunal proceedings.
LAW414 Legal Internship is an elective course in which students develop their legal knowledge and skills in a work placement with a law firm, barristers’ chambers, magistrate or government body. Students attend the placement site for a total of 90 hours in the semester.
For more information, please contact the Law School:
Tel: +61 7 5456 5591