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Unit Overview


This unit is the first of two work placements that form part of the pathway for Indigenous students seeking access to the postgraduate law course. The unit gives students the opportunity to gain credit for supervised projects working in a legal environment within the public and private sectors. It provides students with an opportunity to apply, enhance and develop generic skills gained through their advanced diploma studies in a workplace context. The work placement offers students access to experience professional responsibilities in law and the legal system, and group and independent problem solving; and exposure to workplace communication (written and oral), needs and practices.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop and apply research skills learned within the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies; (2) identify, research and analyse a sociolegal issue connected to their workplace; (3) effectively communicate orally and in writing to peers and employers; (4) identify relevant generic skills acquired through their study in the advanced diploma for application in the workplace context; (5) evaluate the application of the relevant generic skills to, and reflect on their further development in, the practicum; (6) demonstrate initiative and the ability to work independently, as required by the organisational supervisor in their practicum; and (7) record, organise and manage information.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) one workshop at the start of the semester; (2) a mid-stage reflection journal (1000 words); (3) a negotiated Work Placement Project and Practicum Report (1500 words); (4) a work portfolio with an updated CV and one-page summary of skills developed in the workplace; and (5) a final student presentation at the end of the semester on the negotiated Work Placement Project. Students are required to work 15 days over the semester with the host organisation and other professional legal institutions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mel Thomas
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies (DA002)
(LAWS1110 Crime and Society
or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
or LAWS1104 Introduction to Law) and (INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
or INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge)

Williams, G. Learning the Law, 13th edn: Sweet & Maxwell 2006

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