Legal Practice 1 - Part B

Course code LAWS4054B
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

It introduces the practice of law, focusing on litigation and legal transactions, legal actions and 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 undertaking in-depth casework, simulation exercises and attend legal office placements in the general areas of litigation and legal transactions.

Availability

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Attain the main knowledge, develop key skills, required of entry level lawyers in litigation, legal transactions and advice work, such as: - critical thinking; - legal analysis; - judgment; - research skills - skills in effective written and oral communication, time management, cross-cultural communication, court room advocacy, drafting and settlement in both litigious and non litigious matters, and capabilities in personal resilience, mental health awareness and strategies.

2. Build upon and apply earlier learning in both substantive and procedural law, particularly in the areas such as Torts, Contract Law, and Property Law;

3. Understand professional responsibility and professional ethics and be able to build upon the skills, knowledge and ethics acquired in this course in professional life. Specifically, Professional Skills is a clinical module designed to: 1. acquaint students with practical (rather than strictly academic) matters relevant to life in legal practice; 2. help make the adjustment from being a law student to working as a lawyer.

Content

The course introduces the practice of law focussing on litigation, legal transactions and dispute resolution 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 areas such as dispute resolution, litigation practice and trust accounting.

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.

Trust and Office Accounting - Introduction to Accounting, Receiving money, rendering costs, maintaining a Trust Account, Controlled Money, Legislative requirements and record keeping.

Multi-term Sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Requisites

The 'A' component of this Multi-Term Sequence Course must be taken prior to enrolment in the 'B' component.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005

Assessment Items

Professional Task: Professional Placement Tasks

Participation: Mandatory attendance at all practicums and legal advice clinics

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem-based assessment tasks

Professional Task: Practical Exercises

Portfolio: Portfolio

Journal: Reflective Journal

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory
  • Practical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory
  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory

Contact Hours

Clinical

Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term