Legal Practice 2 - Part B

Course code LAWS4055BUnits 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 B of a multi-term sequence. Part A must be successfully completed before undertaking Part B.

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. 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.

Available in 2014

Newcastle City PrecinctSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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 in the Law Degree. The course also enhances learning in courses studied simultaneously such as Introduction to Advocacy.

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, Corporate and Commercial 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 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 LAWS4055A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Seminar
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
JournalStudents are required to produce a reflective journal on their placement experience.
Other: (please specify)Attendance at all classes is compulsory
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesSkills exercises
Simulated advocacy exercises
Portfolio work.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LAWS4055B