OnlineSession 3Session 3

Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 70 hours (10 weeks)
Lecture online 18 hours (6 weeks)
Supervised placementSR
Class participation40%

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Fee information


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