Available in 2013
|Newcastle City Precinct||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice (LAWS/DipLegPrac) degree program.
This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.
It introduces the practice of law, focussing on dispute resolution and legal transactions and legal actions gives emphasis to professional responsibility and ethical behaviour. The course is made up of a number of components and modules which cover a variety of areas of practice where communication, research, advocacy and legal transaction skills are utilised.
Students undertake placement at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre interviewing clients and underataing in-depth casework, simulation and drafting exercises and attend legal office placements in the general areas of litigation and legal transactions.
|Objectives||The primary objective of this course is to enable students to acquire, by way of experiential learning, the knowledge and skills required of entry level lawyers.
The course aims to build upon, and enable students to apply, earlier learning in both substantive and procedual law, particularly in the areas of Torts, Contract Law and Criminal Law. The course complements courses studied simultaneously such as Civil Procedure and Property Law.
The course will enable students to develop and practise the broad lawyer and other skills needed for litigation and legal transactions, including effective written and oral communication with clients, court room advocacy, drafting and settlement of non litigious matters, such as conveyancing and legal research.
Students will also develop and understand professional responsibility and professional ethics and be able to build upon the skills, knowledge and ethics acquired in this course in their professional lives.
|Content||The course introduces the practice of law, focussing on dispute resolution and legal transactions and legal actions and gives emphasis to professional responsibility and ethical behaviour.
The course is made up of components and modules which cover a variety of areas where advocacy skills and legal transaction skills are utilised. These include Family Law Practice, Consumer Credit, Professional Practice, Dispute Resolution Practice and Environmental Law Practice. Professional Skills builds on the first year Legal System and Method component, Legal Method (Communication Skills).
Students deal with real clients, undertake simulation exercises and attend legal office placements in the areas of litigation and legal transactions. The course examines alternatives to litigation and gives students opportunity to practice alternative dispute resolution skills. It also examines, oral and written communication skills, legal letter writing, document drafting, interviewing, research, non litigious negotiation and settlement skills.
|Assumed Knowledge||LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Problem Based Learning
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
|Timetables||2013 Course Timetables for LAWS4054A|