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. The course complements courses studied simultaneously such as Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. The course builds on the earlier course Legal Practice 1 LAWS 6014A, LAWS 6014B and LAWS6015A focusing on the more advanced aspects of legal practice, transactions and litigation. The course will enable students to develop and practice the specialised legal and other skills needed for complex litigation and legal transactions, including effective written and oral communication with clients and parties, court room advocacy and the drafting of complex 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 the practice of law in a number of legal practice areas including Employment Law Practice, Criminal Law Practice, Family Law Practice, Tribunals and Wills Practice.

2. Identify, analyse and synthesise legal problems, concepts and issues and apply the relevant legal rules and case law to complex legal issues for real and simulated clients; able to generate solutions and strategies to resolve complex legal issues and problems for real and simulated clients.

3. Identify and critically examine the barriers that disadvantaged persons face in accessing justice and the legal system.

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

5. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy, expert professional judgment and accountability in dealing with complex legal issues, principles and concepts.


The topics in this course include the following: 

  1. Advanced clinical legal education
  2. Specialised litigation and legal transactions
  3. Communication and collaboration skills
  4. Advanced advocacy
  5. Specialised legal drafting
  6. Employment law practice
  7. Tribunals practice
  8. Wills practice
  9. Advanced legal research skills and legal reasoning
  10. Thinking skills and self-management

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005, LAWS 6014A, LAWS6014B and LAWS6015A.

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

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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