Available in 2017
Course code

LAWS4055B

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course builds upon the course Legal Practice 1, focusing on the more advanced aspects of litigation and legal transactions. It gives emphasis to professional responsibility and relevant ethical behaviour. This 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 skills are utilised. Students undertake simulation and drafting exercises and attend legal office placements in litigation and legal transactions.


Availability2017 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2017

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.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and advanced skills required of an entry level lawyer;

2. Apply earlier learning in both substantive and procedural law;

3. Demonstrate development of the oral and written skills needed to practice law;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the management of legal practices, time management, professional responsibility and professional ethics.


Content

This 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 is made up of components and modules which cover a variety of areas where advocacy and legal transaction skills are utilised. These include, Criminal Law Practice, Family Law Practice, Wills and Succession Practice and Employment Law Practice.Students deal with real clients, 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 develops skills in written communication, legal letter writing, document drafting, interviewing, research, non-litigious negotiation and settlement.


Requisite

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


Assumed knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1003A, LAWS1003B, LAWS2004A, LAWS2004B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4054A, LAWS4054B LAWS4055A


Assessment items

Participation: Class attendance

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written Assignement 2

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

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Seminar face to face 3hrs per week for 4 weeks A total of 180 placement hours to be completed in Legal Practice 2 Parts A and B.