Available in 2018
Course code

LAWS4054A

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

The courses introduces the practice of law, focusing on dispute resolution, 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 and drafting exercises and attend legal office placements in the general areas of litigation and legal transactions.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2018

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 the attainment of knowledge and development of key skills required of entry level lawyers;

2. Build upon and apply earlier learning in both substantive and procedural law;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of professional responsibility and professional ethics;

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


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. Professional Practice 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. The course covers the topic ethics and professional responsibility, personal resilience, mental health awareness and strategies.


Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Diploma of Legal Practice


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

Practical Demonstration: 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:

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

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks