Credit points: 15
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
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.
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
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf 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
Intended Learning Outcomes
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City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSue Marshall
Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 12.00 d 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 h seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Class Participation Activity (1500 words) Students will be informed of the criteria for class participation in subject materials.
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
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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.
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Clinical Placement Students must satisfactorily complete this placement.