LAW 3609 - Legal Practice Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This course supports students undertaking internships with a legal practice to appreciate the operation of the law in practice and develop their practical legal skills, while undertaking academic assessment on topics related to legal practice. Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement of at least 20 days in a legal practice, where they are required to participate actively in all aspects of the work at the office, such as client interviewing, research, drafting and case file management. This course provides a compulsory induction equipping students with basic skills that will form a foundation for the internship and assessment which follows.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 3609
    Course Legal Practice 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
    Course Description This course supports students undertaking internships with a legal practice to appreciate the operation of the law in practice and develop their practical legal skills, while undertaking academic assessment on topics related to legal practice. Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement of at least 20 days in a legal practice, where they are required to participate actively in all aspects of the work at the office, such as client interviewing, research, drafting and case file management. This course provides a compulsory induction equipping students with basic skills that will form a foundation for the internship and assessment which follows.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Cornelia Koch

    Course Timetable

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

    This course does not have any formal classes, but students are required attend a compulsory induction session and 150 hours of internship placement.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Actively apply theoretical legal principles to client legal casework
    2. Demonstrate legal practice skills in dealing with clients, colleagues and the courts, through appropriate professional activities such as drafting legal documents, conducting client or witness interviews, undertaking practical legal research, providing legal advice (to colleagues not clients), or engaging with opposing lawyers and the courts
    3. Exercise forensic judgment and make informed and considered decisions in a legal practice environment
    4. Work effectively and reliably in a professional environment, both individually and as a member of a team
    5. Demonstrate reflexive learning practices.
    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, 3
    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, 3
    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
    2, 4
    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, 5
    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, 3
    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
    All materials required for this course will be provided via MyUni.
    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
    Students will attend a compulsory induction session prior to commencing their internship.
    Students will attend their internship for a minimum of 20 days.
    Workload

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

    Students will attend the compulsory induction, and 150 hours (20 days x 7.5 hours per day) of internship placement, plus preparation of assessment items.
    Learning Activities Summary
    At the induction students will be introduced to various aspects of working in a professional legal environment.

    There are no other scheduled learning activities for this course. Instead, students will be involved in the day to day activities of their host legal practice. The course coordinator will provide regular feedback on students’ interim assessment as well as assistance in framing the topic for their Project Report.
    Specific Course Requirements
    The induction is critical for students' preparation for dealing with clients, colleagues and the courts, and so attendance is compulsory. Students cannot pass the course without attending the induction.
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Length Weighting Learning Outcome
    Video 1 Individual, summative After completion of 10 days of internship 10 minutes 20% 2, 3, 5
    Video 2 Individual, summative After completion of 15 days of internship 10 minutes 20% 2, 3, 5
    Performance on placement Individual, summative NA NA 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Project Report Individual, summative 4 weeks after completion of internship placement Max 2,500 words 40% 1, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    HURDLE REQUIREMENT

    To pass the course, students MUST achieve a PASS for their Performance on Placement. This is necessary because the course learning outcomes require evidence of a professional standard of competency in a practical legal setting.

    Students must undertake 150 hours of supervised placement.
    Assessment Detail
    Video 1
    Students are required to create a 10-minute video on an aspect of any area of substantive law where their practical experience will assist other students to understand the relevant substantive law. As well as submitting the video for assessment, students are required to submit the video to the relevant course co-ordinator for consideration for inclusion in materials for the course. The mark will not be affected by whether or not the course co-ordinator chooses to make the video available to students.

    Video 2
    Students are required to create a 10-minute video on an aspect of any area of legal practice where their practical experience will assist other students to prepare for transition to the legal profession. It could relate to ethical issues, office protocols, communication with supervisors, etc. As well as submitting the video for assessment, students are required to submit the video to the Law School Career Readiness team for consideration for inclusion on the Next Steps Youtube channel. The mark will not be affected by whether or not the Career Readiness team chooses to make the video available to students.

    Performance on Placement
    The student’s internship supervisor will assign the student a Pass or Fail grade for their performance on placement, assessing the following learning outcomes:

    1. Actively apply theoretical legal principles to client legal casework
    2. Demonstrate legal practice skills in dealing with clients, colleagues and the courts, through appropriate professional activities such as drafting legal documents, conducting client or witness interviews, undertaking practical legal research, providing legal advice (to colleagues not clients), or engaging with opposing lawyers and the courts
    3. Exercise forensic judgment and make informed and considered decisions in a legal practice environment
    4. Work effectively and reliably in a professional environment, both individually and as a member of a team

    Students will be assessed using a rubric available on MyUni.

    Project Report
    Students are to prepare a report addressing some aspect of their experience or learning from the internship. The topic should be negotiated with the course coordinator no later than at the completion of the internship. The report should link the student’s experience of legal practice with relevant principles of law, ethical constructs and/or theories of lawyering or other topic agreed on with the course co-ordinator.
    Submission
    Videos and Project Reports are to be submitted electronically on MyUni.
    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.

    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 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.

    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.
  • 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 Integrity
    All students must be familiar with the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Academic Misconduct is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Academic Misconduct (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 Integrity 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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