LAWS3396/JURD7496 Family Law Advocacy and Practice

Lecturers: Karen Shea and Ananda Hall
Prerequisite: Family Law

What is the course about?

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to extend their knowledge of family law in a practical context.  The course introduces students to a range of practical skills, including taking client instructions, providing advice on parenting and financial matters, case planning, drafting court documents and conducting court advocacy. The course also explores the role of lawyers in Family Dispute Resolution and considers some of the ethical challenges specific to family law practice.

Why does the subject interest you?

We are both practicing lawyers with extensive experience in the family law and child protection jurisdictions. We are passionate about bridging the gap between theoretical legal education and its practical application. Our intention in offering this course is to equip students with the skills and confidence to embark on their career. Although most directly relevant to those seeking to practice in family law, the skills we will teach will be more of more general application.  Advocacy is an essential professional skill, and whilst the course will take the fear and mystique out of court advocacy, students will also gain an understanding of alternate forms of advocacy which occur in a range of other contexts.

Do you have any advice for students who are interested in the course?

Students will be expected to have a solid understanding of the legal frameworks applicable to parenting and financial matters, as this is the foundation upon which their practical skills will be built. Course assessment will focus on demonstrating practical skills, including conducting advocacy in a mock trial.

How will this course be relevant in the future?

This course will be highly relevant to students interested in exploring a career in either family or child protection law, or those seeking to develop advocacy skills.