LAW 3609 - Legal Practice Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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. Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement of at least 20 days in a legal practice, where it is expected they will participate actively in all aspects of the work at the office, including 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 which follows, and guides students through assessment during their internship which is based on practice and reflection.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 3609
    Course Legal Practice Internship
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites LAW 2504
    Assumed Knowledge LAW 3501
    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. Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement of at least 20 days in a legal practice, where it is expected they will participate actively in all aspects of the work at the office, including 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 which follows, and guides students through assessment during their internship which is based on practice and reflection.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Kellie Toole

    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 day 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 undertake 6 hours of contact time at the compulsory induction day, and 150 hours (20 days x 7.5 hours per day) of internship placement, plus preparation of assessment items.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The topics covered in the intensive induction in this course will include:

    • File management
    • Dealing with colleagues, clients and the court
    • The concept of professionalism and models of lawyering
    • Client Interviewing
    • Reflective learning techniques and self-reflective practices
    • Legal ethics
    • Self-care and care of others in the legal profession.
    Specific Course Requirements
    The induction day 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 day.
  • 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
    Podcast 1 Individual, summative After completion of 10 days of internship 10 minutes 20% 2, 3, 5
    Podcast 2 Individual, summative  After completion of 15 days of internship 10 minutes 20% 2, 3, 5
    Performance on placement Individual, summative N/A N/A 30% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Project Report Individual, summative 4 weeks after completion of internship placement Max 2,000 words 30% 1, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must undertake 150 hours of supervised placement.
    Assessment Detail
    Podcast 1
    Students are required to create a 10-minute podcast 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 podcast for assessment, students are required to submit the podcast 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 podcast available to students.

    Podcast 2
    Students are required to create a 10-minute podcast 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 podcast for assessment, students are required to submit the podcast 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 podcast available to students.

    Placement Assessment:
    The student’s internship supervisor will assign the student a 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 the attached rubric. The course co-ordinator will moderate the grade for the placement assessment by reference to the grades for other assessment tasks in the course and, if necessary, in consultation with the placement supervisor.

    Project Report:
    Students are to prepare a report of 2,000 words maximum 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 covered in the induction for the internship.
    Submission
    Podcasts 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.

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