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LAW3468 Regional and Rural Legal Practice

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 February 2023


Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201 or (LAW5111 and LAW5112)


This course will provide learning and teaching on key legal practice areas in which regional and rural legal practice is different to metropolitan legal practice. The typical law school curriculum does not actively deal with preparing graduates for employment within regional and rural community contexts. Currently, throughout Australia, there are recruitment and retention problems facing the rural and regional legal profession. At present, it is evident that there is a role for law schools, particularly regional and rural law schools, to use their curriculum more effectively to prepare students for employment as legal professionals in rural and regional contexts. This course provides a curriculum in which the theoretical components of the legal education curriculum can be utilised to ‘sensitise’ law students to the realities of rural and regional legal practice, better equipping them to serve these communities in the long term.

The practice of law in small rural settings is apt to be significantly different from the practice of law in large urban contexts. One of the variables is that it includes a unique client mix that is person-intensive; practice style is likely to be more entrepreneurial; and there is an emphasis of individual clients within a small intimate setting that would lead to a higher level of accountability. Within this context, the course will focus on introducing students to the institutions that are important for regional and rural legal practice; the diversity of legal practice and the need for innovative and entrepreneurial business models that may promote sustainable regional legal practice. Regional legal practice also involves particular ethical dilemmas for lawyers, as well as the need for adapted skills and sensitivities for the regional context. This course provides content on these aspects. The School of Law and Justice is situated amongst many regional law firms and community legal organisation, some of whom will be invited to speak directly to students on access to law and justice within the regional context.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 4 February 2023