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Legal Practice Placement I (LLM512)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 10 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Gain the practice experience necessary for admission to the legal profession. You will be placed within the Legal Practice run in collaboration with SCALES Community Legal Centre and gain experience in any or all of our practice areas such as human rights, family or generalist law. This unit provides opportunity to undertake varied legal work under the supervision of our solicitors, including interviewing clients, legal research, formulating and giving advice as well as law reform and policy work.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences Clinical legal education is a teaching method that combines theoretical concepts and actual legal practice. Its purpose is to help students learn from their own experience and from their reflection on that experience.
Students are given the opportunity to exercise professional judgment while working on real cases. Students are responsible for all aspects of the client's case under the supervision of the solicitors. The students' experiences then become the subject of critical review and reflection. This review teaches students how to better evaluate their own legal work and the legal work performed by others. Clinical teaching helps to make law school the beginning, not the end, of a legal education by assisting students to develop models and techniques for systematic and self-conscious review of their experiences.
Other Learning Experiences Participate in practice under the supervision of a solicitor and/or migration agent.
This happens twice a week for a full day. During the practice day the student will also engage in case conferences and case meetings with their supervisors and other student
Assessment Students are assessed continuously on all of the work that they do, they are given feedback both orally immediately and also through the use of a criteria grid which records their work progressively throughout semester.
There is a formal mid-semester and end of semester review with the supervisor in which the student's progress is discussed using the grid as a guide.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to the practical skills focus limiting student numbers. Preference will be given to students based on their previous academic performance in clinical units.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (GradCertLP) [New in 2015]
Master of Laws by Research (LLM(Res))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Kirstein Fentiman
Lecturer Clinical Legal Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1463
e: K.Fentiman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.027 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Anna Copeland
Director SCALES

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2980
e: a.copeland@murdoch.edu.au
o: 465.2.103 - Law, Murdoch Campus
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