Legal Practice 1 - Part A

10 Units

The primary objective of this course is to enable a student to acquire, by way of experiential learning, the specialised technical knowledge and skills required of entry level lawyers. Legal Practice aims to build upon, and enable students to apply, earlier learning in both substantive and procedural law, particularly in the areas of Torts, Contract Law, Criminal Law and Property. The course complements courses studied simultaneously such as Civil Procedure and Professional Conduct. The course will enable students to develop and practice the specialised technical knowledge and legal and other skills needed for litigation and legal transactions, including effective written and oral communication with clients and parties, court room advocacy, drafting letters and legal documents and settlement of litigious and non-litigious matters.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised technical knowledge of legal practice areas including Dispute Resolution.
  2. Communicate with real clients, draft letters of advice and legal documents, undertake detailed legal research, effectively participate in negotiation exercises and develop high-level advocacy skills.
  3. Identify and critically analyse and reflect on the broader issues in legal practice including the importance of pro bono contributions by the legal profession to the public.
  4. Critically reflect on the role of the legal profession in promoting justice and service to the community.
  5. Demonstrate judgment, creativity and initiative in applying the law to new and novel factual situations in professional legal practice.
  6. Critically reflect on student’s own capabilities and performance and employ the use of feedback in undertaking such reflection.

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Introduction to clinical placement and clinical legal education
  2. Litigation and legal transactions
  3. Communication skills
  4. Advocacy
  5. Drafting of legal documents
  6. Consumer credit law
  7. Professional practice
  8. Legal research skills and legal reasoning
  9. Dispute resolution
  10. Environmental law practice
  11. Thinking skills and self-management
Multi-Term Sequence This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.
Assessment Items
  • Professional Task: Professional Placement Tasks
  • Participation: Mandatory attendance at all practicums and legal advice clinics
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem-based assessment tasks
  • Practical Demonstration: Practical Exercises
  • Portfolio: Portfolio
  • Journal: Reflective Journal
Contact Hours
  • Practicum: for 146 hour(s) per Term (8 hours per week for 13 weeks and 7 hours per fortnight for full term)
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6014A

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