LEGAL PRACTICE AND CONDUCT CLINICAL PLACEMENT
Credit points: 30
Ethical legal practice and conduct are the primary focus of this unit. This includes examining the legal practitioner's duty to the administration of law, the courts, clients and fellow practitioners, issues of personal and professional conduct and basic trust accounting. The context for this study is the issue of access to justice and recent reform to the legal system, in particular the legal profession. Additionally, students are placed in a legal aid environment where they have the opportunity to be practically involved in legal practice under supervision. Students are encouraged to reflect on how a legal practitioner's duties and ethics are relevant to daily legal practice, as well as on the efficacy of law, the legal system, the legal profession and the nature of justice. This unit meets the requirements of the Council of Legal Education for admission to practice in Victoria in the area Professional Conduct.
SchoolLa Trobe Law School
Subject Co-ordinatorBen Walsh
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesAssignment, case study, participation in clinical placement, reflective journal
Prerequisites Admission into this subject is by application only Students must complete 180 credit points including LAW1LIM Admission into this subject is by application only Students must complete 180 credit points including LAW1LIM and Admission Into:LBLX - Bachelor of Laws (Complementary)LVLGE;LVLGEB - Bachelor of Laws LVLUE; LVLUEB - Bachelor of Laws LWLAS - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Asian Studies LWLAT; LWLWA; LWLATB - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts LWLBUSB - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business LWLEELWLINT - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations LWLMC - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Media and Communication LWLPY; LWLPYB - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science LWLSC; LWLSCB - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science LZCOML; LWCOML - Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws LZCRL;LZCRLB - Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws
Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached
Quota-conditions or rulesBallot with preference to final year students.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Legal Profession Act
Lawyers' Professional Responsibility
AuthorDal Pont G. E.
PublisherTHOMSON (LAWBOOK CO.)
Practical legal skills
AuthorCampbell and Evans
PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Self sourced or Uni sourced
Entire subject or partial subjectEntire subject
Total hours/days required90 hours
Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro
WBL addtional requirementsHosts complete an evaluation on professional behaviours. Other additional requirements will depend on the host organisation but may include a Working with Children’s Check, Police Check, selection interview, host organisation agreements, host inductions.
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment size22
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBen Walsh
Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 d placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 2,000-word assignment Students research and write an essay about an aspect of contemporary legal practice. This assessment task is identical in nature to the first assessment in LAW3LPC.
|Assignment||Individual||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO6|
One 2,500-word case study Students research and write a case study essay involving an ethical decision they have encountered on their placement. A step by step guide is provided for the students in the Learning Guide.
|Other||Individual||No||30||SILO4, SILO5, SILO7, SILO8|
Supervised performance in clinical placement Students are assessed by their supervisor in relation to their clinical performance. The assessment criteria are contained in the Clinic Manual, which is made available to the students.
|Other||Individual||No||40||SILO10, SILO7, SILO8, SILO9|
Ten reflective journals -100 words each Students reflect upon their placement experiences in writing as the semester progresses and receive written feedback from their supervisor.