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Monash Law students gain valuable real world experience observing family law appeal

Monash University 2 mins read

Monash University Law students were granted a unique opportunity to gain firsthand insight into the complexities of family law as they attended a live Full Court appeal at the state of the art Monash Moot Court. 

The Full Court hearing of the Federal and Family Court of Australia (Division 1), held on Tuesday 30 April, was heard by a three judge bench, including Chief Justice William Alstergren AO, providing students with invaluable experiential learning, enhancing their understanding of legal proceedings in a practical setting.

Under the guidance of experienced legal professionals, students observed the intricacies of family law proceedings, gaining a deeper understanding of the legal processes and challenges involved in resolving family disputes.

Professor Marilyn Pittard, Dean of the Monash University Law School, expressed the significance of such opportunities in shaping the best legal minds in Australia. 

"Experiential learning is fundamental to our approach in preparing our students for the real world of law. Witnessing live court proceedings not only enriches their academic knowledge but also hones their practical skills and fosters a deeper appreciation for the complexities of family law," Professor Pittard said. 

The hearing also marked important collaboration between Monash’s Law Faculty and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. 

Chief Justice William Alstergren AO said the collaboration with Monash University provided an important opportunity in community outreach.

“I hope that with the unique experience of witnessing an appeal hearing of this kind, students will have gained a first-hand understanding on the dynamics of family law proceedings. I look forward to continuing conversations with students about career pathways in the law including those at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia,” Chief Justice Alstergren said.

The hearing exemplifies Monash University's commitment to providing its students with a comprehensive legal education that extends beyond traditional classroom settings. By offering opportunities for experiential learning, such as attending live court hearings, the university prepares its students to excel in their future legal careers and make meaningful contributions to society.

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