University of Technology Sydney

78247 Collaborative Law

6cp; block (1x 3-day plus 1x1-day)
Requisite(s): (79771c Dispute Resolution AND (22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies)) OR (79771c Dispute Resolution AND 78101c Postgraduate Legal Research) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law AND 79771c Dispute Resolution) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law AND 79771 Dispute Resolution)
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Collaborative law provides a clear indication that the dispute resolution field has now entered a second generation of processes which require appropriate education for law students, social scientists and financial professionals to competently participate in an evolving form of advocacy. Both Australian and international developments are examined to compare the evolution of various models and processes, as well as observing the complexities that arise when teams of professionals are brought together to provide an holistic service for clients.

This wide-ranging examination and contextualisation of the emerging practice of collaborative law and the associated interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary process models is brought into sharp focus in relation to the Australian family law system. By investigating the successes and difficulties faced in implementing collaborative law processes for Australian family law matters, students gain an appreciation of the need for a trans-disciplinary development of the lawyer's role to enable participation in these processes and the refocusing of legal practice from lawyer-focused to client-centred.

Through multiple role-play exercises, case studies and hands on skill-building, students experience the collaborative law process framework first hand and gain a clear understanding of the requisite roles, functions and skills for all participants. They also have ample opportunity to explore and discuss theoretical and ethical issues in relation to building best-practice models for an evolving interdisciplinary process. Students are provided with continuous feedback from their peers, teaching staff and professionals in the field throughout the lectures, discussions, role plays, simulations and debriefs.

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