Legal Practice 2 - Part A

Course code LAWS4055AUnits 10Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

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.

Builds upon the course Legal Practice 1, focussing on the more advanced aspects of litigation and legal transactions. It gives emphasis to professional responsibility and relevant ethical behaviour. The course is made up of a number of components and modules which cover a variety of areas of legal practice where communication, research, advocacy and legal transaction skill are utilised. Students undertake simulation and drafiting exercises and attend legal office placements in litigation and legal transactions.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe primary objective of this course is to enable students to acquire, by way of experiential learning, some of the knowledge and more advanced skills required of an entry level lawyer. It aims to build upon Legal Practice 1.

It aims to enable students to apply earlier learning in both substantive and procedural law in courses such as Torts, Civil Procedure, Family Law, Contract Law, Property Law, Commercial Law and Company Law studied earlier or concurrently in the Law Degree.

The course will enable students to further develop and practise the lawyer and other general skills needed in litigation, the settlement of litigious matters and in legal transactions, including effective communication with clients, court room advocacy, advanced drafting, mediation and settlement of non litigious matters.

Students will also develop and understand management of legal practices, time management, professional responsibility and professional ethics. Students should have the capacity to utilise and build upon the skills, knowledge and ethics acquired in this course in their professional lives.
ContentThis course builds upon the course LAWS4054A & LAWS4054B, Legal Practice 1, focussing on more advanced aspects of litigation and legal transactions. It gives emphasis to professional responsibility and relevant ethical behaviour.

The course further develops awareness and refines the skills that lawyers need when conducting litigious matters.

The course is made up of components and modules which cover a variety of areas where advocacy and legal transaction skills are utilised. These include Property Law Practice, Family Law Practice and Criminal Law Practice.

Students undertake simulation exercises and attend legal office placements in litigation and legal transactions.

The course examines alternatives to litigation and gives students the opportunity to practice alternate dispute resolution skills. The course also examines, oral and written communication skills, legal letter writing, document drafting, interviewing, research, non-litigious negotiation and settlement skills.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005, LAWS4054A, LAWS4054B
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Seminar
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Please note the assessment items listed for LAWS4055A and LAWS4055B are undertaken over the full academic year. There is a combination of assessment tools used including problem-based tasks, professional placement, simulated and other practical exercises, and portfolio work. In addition, students are required to produce a reflective journal on their placement experience. Students must achieve an ungraded pass for each module in this course. To achieve an ungraded pass, students must successfully complete all assessment tasks including all simulated and other practical exercises and all placements to a satisfactory standard.
Other: (please specify)Attendance at all classes is compulsory
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LAWS4055A