LAWS5174 Legal Internship
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law and LAWS5106 Legal Theory
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics, and Mental Health Training considered sufficient by the School
- SVLG5001 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship, LAWS5184 Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED)
- 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).
- 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.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.