ACU’s Thomas More Law School is planning ahead for the introduction of Migration Law.
In November, ACU’s Thomas More Law School held a teaching and learning workshop in preparation for the launch of its new Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice, which the Law School expects to commence offering in July 2018, subject to final Senate approval. It’s expected to be the Law School’s first postgraduate offering. The Graduate Diploma focuses on an important area of law that aligns with the School’s emphasis on law as a service to the individual and the community.
The Graduate Diploma replaces the Graduate Certificate as the new course prescribed by the Department of Home Affairs - Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) for individuals seeking registration in Australia as a migration agent. ACU was successful in its tender to OMARA to offer this course and is one of only six institutions nationwide accredited to offer the course. Lisa O’Hara, a practising migration agent and former lecturer in the ANU Migration Law Program, has led the development of the content of the program.
Attendees of the invitation-only workshop included industry leaders and those who are expected to be teaching the course, as well as others who are currently teaching and practicing in the field. Deputy Head, Dr Catherine Renshaw gave an introduction to the Thomas More Law School and ACU, and Ms O’Hara introduced the content of the program for the course. Academic Developer, Dr Kristina Everett from ACU’s Teaching and Learning Centre shared ACU’s approach to teaching and learning.
Throughout the workshop, the experiences and opinions of the experts and practitioners were sought to inform the program’s content and focus. At the end of the workshop, Dr Renshaw commented: "This course, which will be offered in a mixture of online and face-to-face formats, will be the leading course in the field – it will show how a program can be both cutting-edge and compassionate. Another way of saying 'impact through empathy'."