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Thu, 17 Nov 2016

More flexibility in revamped law degree

James Cook University has refreshed its JCU Bachelor of Laws degree, to provide JCU law graduates with a competitive edge in the ever-changing legal environment.

Flexibility, work integrated learning and skill development are key features of the course.

Head of Law Mandy Shircore said the new law degree was designed for the lawyer of the future: contemporary, relevant and innovative.

Ms Shircore said the award-winning first year study program has been redesigned to include a new subject: Contemporary Practice: The New Lawyer.

“This subject focuses on the skills required for the contemporary lawyer, including interpersonal and communication proficiencies, emotional intelligence and the non-adversarial methods of dispute resolution,” she said.

“Aware of the emerging importance of technology and the impacts of artificial intelligence on traditional legal roles, our refreshed course looks at technology in law and will allow students to undertake a minor in Information Technology.”

Students also get the chance to choose one law elective from either Human Rights Law or Public International Law in their first year of study.

All final year law students have the opportunity to undertake placements with a large range of legal firms and community legal services in JCU’s “super-clinic” clinical legal education program. They can also undertake an advocacy subject where they will obtain intensive one-on-one and small group advocacy training from local judges and barristers, or they can work with business students developing real life projects for JCU’s industry partners.

Contacts

For interviews:

Mandy Shircore, Head of Law (based in Cairns)

M: 0408 715 083

Students are also available for photos and interviews– please contact Caroline on 0437 028 175 for contact details