LAWS5872 Clinical Legal Education (Mediation)

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit involves students researching, mediating and/or providing mediation advocacy in the UWA Mediation Clinic. The students will spend one day per week for one semester working in the clinic and attend fortnightly case rounds. The unit objectives are to (1) give students a deeper and real life understanding of mediation practice and research; (2) provide students with a professional practice experience; (3) foster students' skills in mediating, mediation advocacy, client interviewing and mediation research; (4) appreciate the importance of ethical and professional conduct within the practice of law and mediation; (5) foster students' critical understanding of approaches to mediation; and (6) encourage students to critically analyse and reflect upon issues of access to justice, mediation practice and advocacy, and the impact of these on the client and the community.
Students are able to (1) consolidate student understanding of mediation practice and research through application to real scenarios; (2) develop mediation, mediation advocacy and mediation research skills; (3) interact directly with real clients and mediators in a mediator/lawyer/client relationship and work with the UWA mediation clinic team on practice and research issues; (4) foster a deep understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of mediators, legal practitioners, mediation advocates and researchers; (5) develop a critical approach to issues impacting upon the practice of mediation and mediation research; (6) demonstrate an understanding of the role of mediators, lawyers and researchers in a practical context; (7) develop critical reflection skills and/or the ability to write a clear and concise research report; and (8) develop advanced, effective and meaningful oral communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation at UWA Mediation Clinic (or related) activities; (2) fortnightly case round meetings + summary report; and (3) final research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the participation at UWA Mediation Clinic (or related) activities component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jill Howieson
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawerying
LAWS5109 Dispute Resolution
LAWS5158 Negotiation and Mediation and 30 points from LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics and mental health training considered sufficient by the Law School
Advisable prior study:
LAWS5118 Family Law
LAWS5305 LAWS5305 Mediation: Practice and Skills
Approved quota: 12—places will be allocated as follows:

1. Final year students given priority

2. Results achieved and professional performance in pre-requisite units of LAWS 5109 Dispute Resolution and LAWS 5158 Negotiation and Mediation including high marks in the critical reflection component of these units.

3. Expression of Interest demonstrates strong reasons for interest in participating in the Unit.
Contact hours
This unit involves students mediating, researching or acting as mediation advocates in the UWA Mediation Clinic. The contact hours will consist of: (1) an introductory information session (date, time and venue to be advised); (2) weekly work (mediation, mediation research or mediation advocacy) in the Clinic; (3) fortnightly case rounds where the students meet together with the Unit Coordinator and Clinic Manager and Research Director and debrief the activities of the fortnight; and (4) a feedback session at the conclusion of the unit (date, time and venue to be advised)
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