LAWS5174 Legal Internship

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit involves student placement at a social justice organisation or in a commercial environment. The students spend one day per week for one semester or an intensive teaching period, working in a legal environment. The unit objectives are to (1) contextualise the study of law and student learning in other Juris Doctor (JD) units; (2) provide students with a professional practice experience; (3) foster students' ability to identify, develop and apply legal practice skills; (4) appreciate the importance of legal ethics within the practice of law; (5) foster students' critical understanding of approaches to legal practice; and (6) encourage students to critically analyse and reflect upon issues of access to justice and equity within the legal system and the impact of these on social justice.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) consolidate student understanding of the law through application to real scenarios; (2) understand and appreciate the role of lawyers in a practical context; (3) interact directly with real clients in a lawyer/client relationship and/or work with client groups on legal issues of public interest; (4) foster a deep understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of legal practitioners; (5) develop a critical approach to underlying policy issues impacting upon the practice of law; (6) hone legal research skills; (7) write clear, concise and persuasive legal advice; (8) develop effective and meaningful oral communication skills through client interviewing and working within a legal team; and (9) develop and hone effective time management skills.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) placement; (2) reflective journal; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Tracey Atkins
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
and
LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Mental Health Training considered sufficient by the School
Incompatibility:
SVLG5001 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Contact hours
This unit involves work experience in a host organisation. There are few formal contact hours except:
(1) an introductory information session (date, time and venue to be advised);
(2) fortnightly seminars;
(3) a one-on-one discussion with each student during the semester (arranged with the student and the unit coordinators during the semester); and
(4) a feedback session (date, time and venue to be advised).
Note
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

Students should refer to this link for information on what is required to apply for this unit: http://www.law.uwa.edu.au/students/legal-qualifying-degree/internships/legal-internships

Students who have taken the SVLG5001 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship are not able to take this unit.
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