Law & Filmmaking – Clinical Legal Education through a New Lens

  • Tania Leiman (Speaker)
  • Jocelyn Milne (Speaker)
  • Thomas Young (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This presentation will discuss an exciting pilot project that enables law student and creative arts students to work together to raise legal literacy using filmmaking techniques and resources.
In 2022 a new capstone topic was introduced as part of the Bachelor of Creative Arts at Flinders University students - CREA3004 Creative Ventures. This topic is designed to enhance final year creative arts students’ professional awareness and communication skills, preparing them to enter the creative workforce, start businesses and pursue collaborative opportunities. Students are introduced to business and enterprise skills for creative industries start-ups, and fundamental issues of financial management, intellectual property, audience, and marketing. Students are introduced to revenue streams, major funding bodies and relevant cultural policy, industry expectations in a range of professional contexts, and the processes of grant and tender writing. Students are encouraged to push beyond the initial planning stage and actually start their creative arts business while studying, with the aim to make money before they graduate. Initially trialled with 3rd year Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) cohort, it will become core in all streams within the Bachelor of Creative Arts from 2023.

From his own experience as a filmmaker and creative arts practitioner, the academic coordinating the topic identified that CREA3004 students particularly need information and advice including about business structures, risk, contracts, IP, employment law etc. Flinders Bachelor of Laws students undertaking the core clinical legal education topic LLAW3302 Law in Action are well placed to provide that information & advice as part of a Community Engagement Clinic placement.
This unique collaboration involves LLAW3302 students developing reusable & sustainable legal resources to increase legal literacy of emerging creative arts practitioners, including video resources. CREA3304 students assist with video content creation, significantly increasing its quality and relevance.

Law students gain valuable experience in interviewing clients, legal project management, using digital media to communicate legal information and advice, and have an exciting opportunity to develop networks within a rapidly growing industry.

This innovative experiential education offering is a win for all – law students working with clients (filmmakers) and emerging filmmakers working with clients (law students).
Period12 Dec 202214 Dec 2022
Event titleGlobal Alliance for Justice Education (11th GAJE WWC)
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (20th Annual Conference)
South African University Law Clinics Association
Building Resilience and Strong Connections in Times of Global Challenges: Building Resilience and Strong Connections in Times of Global Challenges
Event typeConference
Conference number20
LocationSouth AfricaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational