LAWS5108 Professional Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit is a capstone unit aimed at developing the practical skills and attributes needed to confidently commence work in the legal profession. Students will extend their legal research and writing skills developed through earlier study, and practice precedent management and application. Through a series of workshops and practical exercises, students will use critical thinking to create and articulate legal solutions for hypothetical clients, and will build on oral presentation, client communication and career management skills. Students will consider the evolving role and use of technology in enhancing legal practice, with a focus on electronic conveyancing, artificial intelligence and social media and the law. The unit incorporates consideration of the ethical and social justice overlay of professional practice and seeks to prepare students practically, personally and ethically for the professional workplace.
Students are able to (1) advise hypothetical clients as to the applicability of substantive law, including law concerning basic property transactions, forms of business association, company practice and mergers and acquisitions; (2) evaluate the suitability of legal precedents for hypothetical client scenarios; (3) create customised legal solutions for complex fact scenarios; (4) articulate complex ideas clearly, concisely and in accordance with principles of correct and plain English, both verbally and in writing; and (5) engage ethically and professionally with hypothetical clients, colleagues and peers.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) assignments; and (3) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Ms Rebecca Faugno
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS5109 Dispute Resolution (previously LAWS4105), LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics (previously LAWS5106) LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts and LAWS5104 Corporations Law.
Advisable prior study:
LAWS5105 Remedies
Contact hours
Two week intensive workshop period: Monday 8 February to Friday 19 February 2021. Tutorials will commence during the intensive period and will run for four weeks.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.