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.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 1 - 2020
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.
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.
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.
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
LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005
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
Journal: Reflective Journal
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory
- Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory
Newcastle City Precinct
Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks