The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

LAWS4054A

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

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


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

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. Understand professional responsibility and professional ethics;

4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.


Content

The course introduces the practice of law focussing on litigation, legal transactions and dispute resolution 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. These include areas such as dispute resolution, litigation practice and trust accounting. 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 develops skills in oral and written communication, legal letter writing, document drafting, interviewing, research, non litigious negotiation and settlement. Trust and Office Accounting covers Introduction to Accounting, Receiving money, rendering costs, maintaining a Trust Account, Controlled Money, Legislative requirements and record keeping.


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, LAWS1003A, LAWS1003B, LAWS2004A, LAWS2004B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B.


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

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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements: Clinical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory Completion of a total of 105 placement hours for Legal Practice 1 Part A and B.
  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements: Face to Face On Campus (or via Zoom or Collaborate) 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term. Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 45 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks