LAW 3608 - Law Research Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course enables students to pursue an internship opportunity involving applied legal research undertaken under the supervision of Adelaide Law School staff, either solely in collaboration with school staff members or in partnership with an external organisation. Examples of opportunities for student researchers with external partners include: the Space Security Index project (a joint initiative of Project Ploughshares, George Washington University, McGill University, and the University of Adelaide), the Australian Navigational Guide Explaining Laws for Space (ANGELS) project, projects with the International Committee of the Red Cross and collaborations through Cooperative Research Centres including the Cyber Security CRC and SmartSat CRC. Students will undertake applied legal research on a real-world project, complete reflections as they progress, and submit a research essay demonstrating the applied research skills they have mastered through participation in the course. Students and staff will be encouraged to publish and otherwise promote the outcome of their research collaborations where that does not contravene the arrangement with any external partners. Enrolment in this course will be through a competitive selection process.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 3608
    Course Law Research Internship
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites LAW 1508
    Restrictions Available to LLB students only. Enrolment is by selection only, please consult with Course Coordinator for eligibility.
    Course Description This course enables students to pursue an internship opportunity involving applied legal research undertaken under the supervision of Adelaide Law School staff, either solely in collaboration with school staff members or in partnership with an external organisation. Examples of opportunities for student researchers with external partners include: the Space Security Index project (a joint initiative of Project Ploughshares, George Washington University, McGill University, and the University of Adelaide), the Australian Navigational Guide Explaining Laws for Space (ANGELS) project, projects with the International Committee of the Red Cross and collaborations through Cooperative Research Centres including the Cyber Security CRC and SmartSat CRC. Students will undertake applied legal research on a real-world project, complete reflections as they progress, and submit a research essay demonstrating the applied research skills they have mastered through participation in the course. Students and staff will be encouraged to publish and otherwise promote the outcome of their research collaborations where that does not contravene the arrangement with any external partners. Enrolment in this course will be through a competitive selection process.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Stacey Henderson

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Undertake self-directed research in law, analyse and synthesise legal information and materials.
    2. Apply law to complex practical issues.
    3. Structure and sustain concise and cohesive written arguments for legal and generalist audiences.
    4. Analyse the impact of law from policy perspectives, and in the context of social and cultural diversity.
    5. Reflect on their abilities to undertake applied legal research.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no required text. Recommended resources will be listed on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    NA
    Online Learning
    Course materials and assignment instructions will be made available on MyUni.

    All students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with announcements during the semester.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There are no scheduled learning activities for this course. Instead, students will undertake self-directed applied legal research on the project(s) to which they are assigned, supervised by Adelaide Law School staff and/or staff of external partner organisations. Students will receive regular feedback on their performance and through their interim assessment, as well as assistance from the course coordinator in formulating their research essay question.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects that students will have a workload of 156 hours in each 3-unit course. Accordingly, students in this course will be expected to spend 156 hours on their course work – which will mainly be devoted to undertaking applied research on their project, with the remainder allocated to writing the assessment (3 x 500 word diary summaries and the 3,500 research essay). An indicative allocation of time spent on the applied research is 20 days (at 7.35 hours per day = 147 hours).
    Learning Activities Summary
    There are no scheduled learning activities for this course. Instead, students will undertake self-directed applied legal research on the project(s) to which they are assigned, supervised by Adelaide Law School staff and/or staff of external partner organisations. Students will receive regular feedback on their performance and through their interim assessment, as well as assistance from the course coordinator in formulating their research essay question.
    Specific Course Requirements
    NA
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    NA
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The specific assessment for this course, and the ultimate weightings for each piece of assessment, may change depending on the particular internship being undertaken. This will be discussed and confirmed with students at the start of their internship. For students undertaking internship in Semester 1 2020, the assessment schedule is as follows:


    Strategic Space Index Interns
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Length Weighting Learning Outcome
    Reflective Piece Individual, summative 14 April 2020 750 words 10% 1
    Research Outline Individual Individual, summative 20 April 2020 varies depending on indicator 20% 1, 5
    Final Research Submission  Individual, summative 3 July 2020 varies depending on indicator 70% 1,2,3,4


    CyberCRC Interns

    Assessment Task Task Type Due Length Weighting Learning Outcome
    CRC Proposal Individual, summative 27 March 2020 8 pages 20% 1
    Reflective Piece Individual, summative 19 June 2020 750 words 10% 1,5
    Major report or research article Individual, summative 3 July 2020 varies depending on project 70% 1,2,3,4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Finality of Assessment Grades

    Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).

    Moderation
    In accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
    • assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
    • detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
    • sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
    • reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
    • comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
    • automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
    • the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.

    Approval of Results by Board of Examiners
    Students are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester. Student feedback The course is constantly being updated and revised to reflect the evolution of the law, to respond to student feedback, and to engage with the latest teaching practices. Student feedback is collected each time the course is run, including through SELT reports. Previous SELT reports, and staff feedback on them, are posted on the course MyUni site for students to view and consider.
    Assessment Detail

    Strategic Space Index Interns

    1. Reflective Piece (10%)

    This is a 750 word reflection on the SSI process, structured as an essay or blog and covering issues such as:
    • the importance and purpose of the SSI
    • the audience of the SSI
    • the indicator/area allocated and the importance of that topic
    • the process of working remotely with Project Ploughshares and others
    • the challenges faced in undertaking the project and how they were overcome

    2. Research Outline (20%)
    This is the research outline submitted to Project Ploughshares on the allocated indicator/area.

    3. Final Research Submission (70%)
    This is the final submitted research for inclusion in the Strategic Space Index.



    CyberCRC Interns

    1. CRC Proposal (20%)
    This is an 8 page form outlining the nature, purpose and scope of the project and which forms the foundation of the project.

    2. Reflective Piece (10%)
    This is a 750 word reflection on the CyberCRC process, written as an essay or blog and covering issues such as:
    • the importance and purpose of the topic allocated
    • the key audience of any output
    • how the project fits within the overall goals of the CyberCRC
    • the process of working remotely with team members and supervisors
    • the challenges faced in undertaking the project and how they were overcome

    3. Major report or research article (70%)
    This is the final output for the project and may take the form of a major report or research article.
    Submission
    Standard Adelaide Law School submission requirements apply. Specific information will be provided in the assessment instructions for each item of assessment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    The University Writing Centre provides academic learning and language development services and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    The centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

    Lex Salus Program
    Lex Salus (law and wellbeing) is an initiative of the Adelaide Law School aimed at destigmatising mental health issues; promoting physical, mental and emotional wellness; building a strong community of staff and students; and celebrating diversity within the school. It also seeks to promote wellness within the legal profession, through the involvement of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Honourable Chris Kourakis, as the official Patron of the program.

    Students can participate in the Lex Salus program by attending barbecue lunches, pancake breakfasts, knitting and crochet circles, seminars, guest speakers, conferences and other activities. Our Facebook page, website and regular all-student emails promote upcoming events, and have tips and information on wellness.

    Our Lex Salus YouTube channel also includes videos on topics like managing stress, and interviews with LGBTQ lawyers and their supporters which celebrate diversity and individuality. Students who commit to 10 hours of volunteering with Lex Salus in one year can have their service recognised on their academic transcript and through a thank you morning tea with the Chief Justice and law school staff.

    Student Life Counselling Support
    The University’s Student Life Counselling Support service provides free and confidential service to all enrolled students. We encourage you to contact the Student Life Counselling Support service on 8313 5663 to make an appointment to deal with any issues that may be affecting your study and life.
  • Student Support
    The University Writing Centre provides academic learning and language development services and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    The centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

    Lex Salus Program
    Lex Salus (law and wellbeing) is an initiative of the Adelaide Law School aimed at destigmatising mental health issues; promoting physical, mental and emotional wellness; building a strong community of staff and students; and celebrating diversity within the school. It also seeks to promote wellness within the legal profession, through the involvement of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Honourable Chris Kourakis, as the official Patron of the program.

    Students can participate in the Lex Salus program by attending barbecue lunches, pancake breakfasts, knitting and crochet circles, seminars, guest speakers, conferences and other activities. Our Facebook page, website and regular all-student emails promote upcoming events, and have tips and information on wellness.

    Our Lex Salus YouTube channel also includes videos on topics like managing stress, and interviews with LGBTQ lawyers and their supporters which celebrate diversity and individuality. Students who commit to 10 hours of volunteering with Lex Salus in one year can have their service recognised on their academic transcript and through a thank you morning tea with the Chief Justice and law school staff.

    Student Life Counselling Support
    The University’s Student Life Counselling Support service provides free and confidential service to all enrolled students. We encourage you to contact the Student Life Counselling Support service on 8313 5663 to make an appointment to deal with any issues that may be affecting your study and life.
  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Academic Honesty
    Academic dishonesty is a serious act of academic misconduct. All students must be familiar with the University’s Academic Honesty Policy.

    Academic dishonesty is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Academic dishonesty (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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