LAWS5174 Legal Internship

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit involves student placement in a legal environment. The students spend one day per week for one semester or an intensive period over 2-3 weeks in the summer semester, 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 their 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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 and Penny Carruthers
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics and 24 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law 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 equivalent to one day per week for 12 weeks. In addition, the unit involves mandatory attendance at an introductory information session (date, time and venue to be advised) and attendance and participation at fortnightly seminars.
Students should refer to this link for information on what is required to apply for this unit:

Students who have taken the SVLG5001 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship are not able to take this unit.
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