LAWS5108 Professional Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is a capstone unit aimed at developing the practical skills and attributes needed to confidently commence work in the legal profession. The unit typically comprises three main strands:

1. A critical study of general commercial practice with an emphasis on practical exercises and drafting. This strand begins with an intensive course on plain English drafting. Students learn basic principles of legal writing, drafting and precedent application, and communication with clients and other lawyers. Students then apply their substantive legal knowledge to practical exercises including drafting and negotiating letters, memoranda and agreements, and re-writing draft documents to suit a hypothetical client's needs. Typically, drafting skills are developed through consideration of a range of commercial subject areas including establishing a business, company practice, and mergers and acquisitions.

2. A study of important 'soft skills' that will be valuable to students should they work in the legal profession. This strand involves study of social media and the law; resilience and mental health in the legal profession; how to get and keep a job in law; how to deal with demanding partners and clients; how to give back; flexible
workplaces; dealing with the Legal Practice Complaints Committee and self-represented litigants.

3. An introduction to the evolving role and use of technology in enhancing legal practice.
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, LAWS5104 Corporations Law
LAWS5105 Remedies
Contact hours
intensive period—lectures, workshops/tutorials: Monday 11 February to Friday 22nd February 2019; tutorials: continue to run for the first four weeks of semester Refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Students must attend every day from Monday to Thursday in the initial teaching weeks, which include lectures and a combination of workshops and tutorials. Students will then be required to attend a 45-minute tutorial each week for the first four weeks of semester.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-1B_2019]
  • 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.