Myanmar Law Clinic

About the course

The Myanmar Law Clinic involves students (and supervising academic staff) partnering with Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Clinical Legal Education (BABSEACLE) to teach Myanmar law students and teachers in English. Students will be teaching concepts such as access to justice, pro bono, community legal education and professional ethics and will also help Myanmar law teachers with lesson plans and interactive teaching methods.  This teaching program is referred to as Clinical Legal Education.

Students will do one week’s training in Yangon and then be placed for 2 weeks in a partner university around Myanmar.

The course runs from October 2019 to February 2020 (compulsory pre and post departure workshops), with in-country attendance from 5 - 25 January 2020.

What is BABSEACLE?

BABSEACLE is an international access to justice, legal education organisation that focuses on ethically oriented legal capacity development and community empowerment. BABSEACLE’s mission is to help establish, strengthen and support Access to Justice and Rule of Law in Asia and globally through justice education, including a core focus on legal ethics, professional responsibility and pro bono awareness raising.

BABSEACLE’s Goals

  • Ensure the growth of university-based CLE programs that focus on community empowerment and legal service outreach;
  • Develop a network of community-service-minded law graduates and pro-bono civil society advocates for justice;
  • Link CLE programs to civil society organisations, law firms, corporations, including governmental policy makers, municipalities and justice sector institutions;
  • Develop and design multi-platform, open-source, university CLE training materials;
  • Provide legal knowledge and supplemental legal services to poor, vulnerable and marginalised communities.

BABSEACLE’s Work in Myanmar

BABSEACLE is working with all 18 university law departments in Myanmar to assist in establishing and strengthening university based CLE programmes.  The university partners are developing CLE curricula to bring CLE into mainstream legal education in Myanmar.

Why participate?

  • Gain experience in a developing country, so as to see first-hand the legal and social justice issues arising in a country transitioning to democracy;
  • Identify, develop and apply practical legal skills in community legal education;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the role of lawyers in providing access to justice in a developing country;
  • Contextualise the study of law and student learning in the wide range of other law courses;
  • Further your aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law, specifically in relation to disadvantaged people and communities;
  • Critically consider the effect of the law and its ability to deliver and/or facilitate justice in a developing country transitioning to democracy.

We are looking for students who are

  • Involved in, or show interest in working in, the area of access to justice, social justice and community service;
  • Willing to commit to the full 3 weeks in Myanmar;
  • Well organised and pro-active;
  • Self-motivated and able to work within a group and individually;
  • Able to adapt to a varying workload in a multicultural environment;
  • Responsible and willing to take ownership of their work;
  • Have experience or interest in teaching;
  • Are strong team builders;
  • Able to work and live in a close, communal environment (usually sharing rooms they sleep in);
  • Prior teaching or training experience is desirable but not compulsory.

Selection criteria

The course is only open to ANU LLB/ LLB(Hons) and JD students. Students may only apply if they have completed (or will have completed) all six LAWS1000 or LAWS6100 level compulsory courses before January 2020. Priority may be given to students who will not have a chance to do the course at a later date ( ie latter year students).

Applicants will be shortlisted taking into account; GPA, year of study, and responses to questions in the application form.

Students must have a current passport with expiration date no less than 6 months after the start date of the course.

Application dates

  • Applications open at 9am on Tuesday 20 August 2019 and close Sunday 1 September 2019.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by ANU and BABSEACLE staff via Skype in September and first round offers will be made after those interviews.
  • If successful, students will need to send a copy of their passport with expiration date no less than 6 months after the start date of the course to College Student Administration.

Travel

Participants are expected to make their own individual transport arrangements to and from Yangon. You must arrive in Yangon on Sunday 5 January 2020.  The course finishes in Yangon on Saturday 25 January 2020.

Accommodation and expenses

Accommodation is provided in Myanmar, but does not include most meals or other personal expenses.

Accommodation will not be available prior to Sunday 5 January 2020, nor beyond the end of the program, finishing on Saturday 25 January 2020.

  • The sample budget set out in the information below does not include additional (personal) expenses.
  • Participants will be responsible for the cost of any additional travel they may decide to undertake.
  • Participants are responsible for any personal expenses, including telephone and internet costs.

Dates

Monday 19 August 2019 Information evening
Tuesday 20 August 2019 Applications open
Sunday 1 September 2019 Applications close
September 2019 Interviews held
September 2019 First round offers made
October – November 2019 Pre-departure Training (Compulsory)
Sunday 5 January 2020 Arrive in Yangon, Myanmar
Saturday 25 January 2020 Program finishes and students depart
February 2020 Research presentation forum

Summary of program costs (excluding tuition fees)

The sample budget set out below is for information purposes only, and based on the best information currently available. It does not include additional (personal) expenses, additional travel insurance or normal tuition fees.

Cost  
USD $2000
(approx. AUD $2,690)                         
BABSEACLE Clinic Cost Includes
  • Accommodation for full duration of the program
  • Travel: Within Yangon, to and from trainings, overland travel to the university where you are placed and daily transit to and from host university
  • Training materials
  • BABSEACLE administration, legal supervision & coordination costs
  • Support for Community Legal Education partner programs and projects
AUD $600      Estimated living expenses in Myanmar (3 weeks)*
AUD $1,000              Airfares (ex Sydney depending on departure date and route)
AUD $80 Business Visa (required)
AUD $4,370 Total estimated cost

*These estimates do not include any additional travel a participant may decide to undertake. Estimated living expenses in Myanmar are based on a ‘normal’, comfortable, but not lavish lifestyle.

ANU College of Law has received funding for this course from the Commonwealth Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP).  LLB(Hons) participants who are Australian citizens will receive approximately AUD$3000 towards their costs (funding is not available under the NCP for JD students). You can apply on the basis that your application is subject to NCP funding, but please indicate in your application if this is the case.

Indicative tuition fees

As you will be enrolled in an ANU course, LAWS4301/LAWS6301 Myanmar Law Clinic, normal course tuition fees will apply.

Fees Type of Student
HECS           Commonwealth-supported students
$3,420* Domestic tuition fee JD students
$4,860* International students

*2018 Fees

Travel insurance

Students will be insured by ANU Insurance for the official duration of the program (5 – 25 January 2020) as well as a total of 12 days private travel, either side of the program. For example, 7 days before and 5 days after. If your travel duration extends beyond this period you will need to purchase additional insurance at your own expense. Chubb’s offers additional insurance coverages via Chubb Travel Insurance.

To be covered by ANU Insurance, you will need to complete an ANU Travel Approval Form. Please ensure that the start and finish dates do not exceed ANU insurance cover period as set out above. Further information about insurance will be provided to successful students as part of their pre-deaparture briefing.

You will also need to register with www.smarttraveller.gov.au

Enrolment

Successful applicants will be provided with a permission code to enrol in LAWS4301/6301 Myanmar Law Clinic, when enrolments open for 2020 (Nov/Dec).

Please note that application for the course and acceptance of a place in the program DOES NOT enrol a student in the course. 

Indicative assessment

The assessment for the course will likely involve;

  • Engagement with Pre and Post workshops: CRS
  • Weekly reflective journal while in country (20%)
  • Written research project and presentation of a project at a seminar/forum (50% and 10% respectively )
  • Final reflective report (20%)

Application form

Please apply using the online application form.

Applications close Sunday 1 September 2019

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