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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Pre-requisites

have completed 144 credit points in Bachelor of Law units

Unit aim

Exposes students to experiences in practice within a legal office environment, involving hands on involvement in the conduct of client matters. These experiences will be analysed with support from teaching staff to enable students to reflect on the role of legal practitioners and the legal system within society.

Unit content

Topic 1. Placement in legal practice
Topic 2. The role of the legal practitioner
Topic 3. The Lawyer-Client Relationship: Interviewing skills
Topic 4. Giving advice
Topic 5. Effective writing skills
Topic 6. Client needs
Topic 7. Resolving Disputes
Topic 8. Ethics & professional responsibility
Topic 9. The lawyer's needs
Topic 10. Turning legal theory into practice - the lawyer's role in law reform

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Under the supervision of a legal practitioner: a) use appropriate professional behaviour when delivering legal services to real clients b) Apply the work practices, procedures and policies of the law placement provider c) Demonstrate a range of professional activities in the context of legal interviewing, advising, advocating, writing, drafting and negotiation. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 Evaluate the role of lawyers in contemporary Australian society and the competing demands of professional standards, ethical rules, client expectations, and personal, political and other values. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
3 Evaluate the meaning of professionalism and the ethics, skills, attitudes and responsibilities associated with it, and Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
4 Reflect upon their understanding of professionalism within the legal profession. Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Under the supervision of a legal practitioner: a) use appropriate professional behaviour when delivering legal services to real clients b) Apply the work practices, procedures and policies of the law placement provider c) Demonstrate a range of professional activities in the context of legal interviewing, advising, advocating, writing, drafting and negotiation.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. Evaluate the role of lawyers in contemporary Australian society and the competing demands of professional standards, ethical rules, client expectations, and personal, political and other values.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Evaluate the meaning of professionalism and the ethics, skills, attitudes and responsibilities associated with it, and
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Reflect upon their understanding of professionalism within the legal profession.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline