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Introduction to Legal Practice (LLB308)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description This unit introduces students to legal practice and develops the skills needed for it. Through the use of exercises, simulations and case studies it will build students' knowledge and skills to enable them to be ready for the transition from law school to legal practice. This unit prepares students for one of Murdoch's acclaimed legal clinics, giving students real life experience and helping them to develop into a lawyer. This unit has limited places.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should have:
1. Developed legal skills (including interviewing, research, legal writing, and legal strategy);
2. Understand the role of law and lawyers, the impact of the law and its relationship to social disadvantage, and
3. An understanding of reflection and ethical practice, developing professional judgement and professional skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will combine workshop style classes which use simulations and directed exercises with pre-class reading and LMS preparation to develop and extend legal skills. It will base the learning in the real legal practice of the Law School's clinics allowing students to relate their learning to real life.

It will introduce students to the legal profession and how it works, through guest speakers and the experience of the lecturers who are all practicing solicitors. It will use reflective exercises to encourage inquiry into the nature of legal practice and its role within a broader context. Reflective exercises are also used to allow the development of professional judgement and professional skills.
Assessment A range of assessments including an invigilated exam.
Prerequisites Completion of all Part I units in the LLB.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited places (one workshop per week) Students must have completed all Part 1 units
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
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 Kirsty Fentiman
Lecturer Clinical Legal Education

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: K.Fentiman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.027 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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