External Placement Program (LAWS5131)


In this unit of study students are afforded the opportunity to work the equivalent of one day per week during the semester in a 'public interest' placement site. In addition, students attend fortnightly seminars which are designed to promote discussion and reflection on a range of issues that may arise during the course of the placement as well as seminar presentations on matters relevant to public interest externships. The unit has a public interest focus which is reflected in the selection of placement sites. At the end of the unit students should have: * acquired a better sense of the professional and personal responsibilities associated with the practice of law; * developed an appreciation that the law is a people profession; * observed and participated in a high level of problem solving flowing from real case files (where appropriate); * been introduced to the basic inter-personal skills involved in the practice of law; * interacted with legal professionals in a flexible learning environment; * been introduced to aspects of the practice of law such as legal writing, advocacy and time management; and * developed the character and habits of a reflective practitioner.

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Further unit of study information


8/9 x 2hr seminars/semester


Class presentation and performance (30%) and site performance (30%) and 3000wd essay (40%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS3025, LAWS3431

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