Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject allows students to participate in a placement at an organisation undertaking legal work, such as a law firm or government department, while concurrently undertaking academic study. Students may apply for placement opportunities organised by the Law School or apply on the basis of a self organised placement. Self organised placements must be approved by the Coordinator, must be unpaid and not in an organisation where the student has worked or is currently working. Students have regular classes both face to face and on line in which they study communication skills, technology and the law and issues relating to the future of the legal profession, diversity in the profession and legal ethics. Students also share their practice experiences and use their placement experience to discuss modes of lawyering and critically analyse the legal system in operation.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesParticipation in practicum requiring active engagement in the production of legal research essay, presentation and reflective journal writing.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Successful completion of 120 credit points in the first year of the Juris Doctor (LMJD) and approval from Law School Director of the Postgraduate (Coursework) Programs


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectEntire subject

Total hours/days required75 – 112.5 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

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

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on their practical experience.
02. Develop their knowledge, through participation, observation, research, and reflection, on their practical experience.
03. Critically analyse and discuss issues relating to the maintenance of fairness and justice in the administration of the law, the court system and other parts of the legal system.
04. Demonstrate communication skills through critical analysis of their practical experience in the context of the subject materials.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 days placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
Five 2.00 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Class Participation Activity (1500 words) Students will be informed of the criteria for class participation in subject materials.

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO5

Four Reflective thinking elements a. 3 reflective journals b. 1 five minute oral presentation reflective journals : (500 Words each) - total 1500 words Oral Presentation (800 word Equivalent) Assessment will require students to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Legal Research Essay (3000 words) Students will be required to develop a research question from a set topic area that is linked to their placement experience.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Clinical Placement Students must satisfactorily complete this placement.