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Curtin University Law School opens city premises

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CurtinEvent_LawSchoolOpening_160414_HiRes_60The Curtin University Law School’s city premises were officially opened last night by The Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC QC.

The city location will enable Curtin University to deliver a new form of legal education, providing a hub for both formal and informal interactions between staff, students and in-house legal professionals.

The building, located at 57 Murray Street in the heart of Perth’s legal precinct, will include a law clinic specialising in small business disputes, and private barristers’ chambers, exposing students to the culture, community and ethics of legal practice early in their studies.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the Law School would offer an enriched and practical learning experience for students by drawing the world of legal practice into the classroom.

“Theoretical studies are very important for law schools, but the life blood of the law is practical experience. Legal education is much more than the ‘law in books’ and much of our program will highlight this for students,” Professor Terry said.

“The new premises have undergone significant restoration work by the National Trust in the past five years, and Curtin has added new technologies to enhance the academic experience.

“The facilities offered within this building, play a critical part in engendering a passion for a form of legal education that is unique and different, quite apart from the benefits of being physically located in the city,” Professor Terry said.

Foundation Dean of the Curtin University Law School, Professor Paul Fairall, said the heritage-listed building houses barristers’ chambers with a common room, which will see barristers work in-house and interact with students as part of a practical legal education program.

“We intend to use the expertise of practitioners for the benefit of our students and to ensure our curriculum meets the needs of the profession,” Professor Fairall said.

“A student advice clinic is also planned, which would give students the opportunity to gain practical law experience under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

“The Clinic will also provide legal assistance to members of the public in the area of small business.”

The new additions to the building include acoustically treated rooms, tracking cameras and large screens that will allow interactive events to take place with participants from around Australia and the world.

The month of May featured a series of events hosted at the new premises, with prominent speakers from the law profession engaging directly with staff and students.

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  1. Sukhwant Singh says:

    what an excellent idea and forward looking plan:
    1.- I have been concerned by what appears to be a disconnect between knowledge and application by newly admitted practitioners.
    2. Further, do NOT forget to teach students some basics and the practicalities of working from within a law office as opposed to barrister’s chambers- I have worked in both in UK and here-and I assist such junior lawyers in responses to the LPCC! Students will not become barristers upon admission generally and seem to get into all sort of trouble as solicitors.
    Good luck!

    • Emily Lloyd says:

      Hi Sukhwant, thank you for your positive comment. Curtin Law School is committed to providing a practical and integrated learning experience. Our Murray Street campus facilitates close collaboration between the legal profession and students. The elements of the new PLT program are a planned student advice clinic, a proposed set of barristers chambers, a place where students, staff and members of the profession can interact through an eminent speaker programme, and a planned PLT course to prepare graduates for entry into the legal profession. We hope that students will also have further experiential opportunities (such as mooting, editing one of our scholarly journals and participating in overseas Summer law programs). All these initiatives are directed to providing our students with a practical and engaged learning experience. – Emily

  2. AU Ping Kuen Peter says:

    I would like to request a certified true copy of my B.Com Transcript issued by the Curtin University of Technology.

    Can anyone of you please enlighten me of the correct email address? I appreciate your help.

    • Emily Lloyd says:

      Hi Peter, you can request a copy of your transcript by phone or in person. Get information on both options on our ordering official student documents webpage. – Emily

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