LAWS2120 Legal Studies Professional Practicum 2

12 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit is the second 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 in working in a legal environment within the public and private sectors. It provides students with an opportunity at an advanced level 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 of professional responsibilities in law and the legal system, group and independent problem solving, and exposure to workplace communication (written and oral), needs and practices.
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 socio-legal 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) demonstrate the ability to record, organise and manage information.
This comprises attendance and participation in two workshops, an early stage 1000-word reflection journal, project involvement (minimum of 15 working days of work for host organisation, negotiated research tasks, oral summary of findings, practicum research report of 2000 words) and a work placement portfolio (portfolio worksheets, an updated CV and completion of the skills summary selection criteria).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit rules
(LAWS1110 Crime and Society
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law)
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
Contact hours
Mr Mel Thomas
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