Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The primary objective of this course is to enable a student to acquire, by way of experiential learning, the specialised technical knowledge and skills required of entry level lawyers. Legal Practice aims to build upon and enable students to apply earlier learning in both substantive and procedural law, particularly in the areas of Torts, Contract Law, Criminal Law and Property. The course complements courses studied simultaneously such as Civil Procedure and Professional Conduct.

The course will enable students to develop and practice the specialised technical knowledge and legal and other skills needed for litigation and legal transactions, including effective written and oral communication with clients and parties, court room advocacy, drafting letters and legal documents and settlement of litigious and non-litigious matters.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 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 specialised technical knowledge of legal practice areas including Professional Practice and Dispute Resolution.

2. Communicate with real clients, draft letters of advice and legal documents, undertake detailed legal research, effectively participate in negotiation exercises and develop high-level advocacy skills.

3. Identify and critically analyse and reflect on the broader issues in legal practice including the importance of pro bono contributions by the legal profession to the public.

4. Critically reflect on the role of the legal profession in promoting justice and service to the community.

5. Demonstrate judgment, creativity and initiative in applying the law to new and novel factual situations in professional legal practice.

6. Critically reflect on student's own capabilities and performance and employ the use of feedback in undertaking such reflection.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Introduction to clinical placement and clinical legal education
  2. Litigation and legal transactions
  3. Communication skills
  4. Advocacy
  5. Drafting of legal documents
  6. Professional practice
  7. Legal research skills and legal reasoning
  8. Dispute resolution
  9. Thinking skills and self-management
  10. Trust and office accounting


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed LAWS6014A, LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A&B, LAWS6003A&B, LAWS6004A&B and be active in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6014A.

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:

  • Practicum: 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


Face to Face Off Campus 90 hour(s) per Term Full Term

A Total of 105 Placement hours are to be completed at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 1