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LAW5218 - Family law assistance program - professional practice

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law


Not offered in 2007


This unit is open to those who have completed a family law unit and placement and wish to broaden their knowledge and develop their practical skills in family law.
The unit will run in a 17 week format and requires students to run their own family law files, and take a mentoring role to less experienced students. Under the supervision of a family law practitioner, students will draft documents, advise clients, brief counsel, attend court to instruct counsel and do general correspondence. Students are rostered for FLAP client contact sessions, work on ongoing files, take on new matters as initiated and attend on roster the duty lawyer service at the Family Court at Dandenong each Monday.


Students who successfully complete this unit will:


Casework performance including attendance and punctuality, taking instructions and relationship with clients, discussion with supervisor, follow-up work, drafting documents, family law advocacy skill, compliance with office and regulatory procedures, understanding of appropriate file initiatives 70% AND 1 individual research activity or assignment 30%. The assignment is to be 4,800 words. In place of the assignment, students can develop and present a research activity after firstly discussing a topic with the supervisor.

Contact hours

Students will attend a seminar program for 6-8 weeks involving 2 hours contact per week plus regular tutorials.


Participation in a prior placement at FLAP as a part of a Monash family law unit or completion of Professional Practice LAW5216.