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In this unit, students are provided with the opportunity to see law in action through being involved in the delivery of community legal services, support and information. Students work with community legal centres and community support agencies in a variety of areas such as refugee, environmental, family violence and public interest law. Students' placement learning is supplemented with a weekly seminar program that deals with topics such as cultural competence, professional identity, client care, legal interviewing, and community education.
Entry to this unit is via a successful application only.
This unit covers a range of work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities, which will enable you to experience the real world application and development of your legal knowledge and skills. This may include a range of roles in traditional legal environments and non-traditional community contexts such as street law, not-for-profit organisations, community legal centres, and advocacy groups. You will undertake legal tasks under supervision, with this unit affording you an authentic learning context in a challenging real world legal environment. Through this experience you should develop skills to be better placed for career planning and transition to the workplace.
The aim of this unit is to provide you with a real world, work integrated learning experience through your supervised clinical experience in either a legal workplace or not-for-profit community organisation. Through this experience you should develop:
· your lawyering skills, such as law-related research, legal analysis, letter or submission drafting and dispute resolution
· an understanding of the dynamic relationship between academic skills and knowledge and their practical application in the workplace
· a capacity to effectively engage with a client, which will be developed through simulated role play, a culminating professional presentation and your clinical experience
· an understanding of the law and ability to communicate this to diverse audiences and legal literacies
· an ability to develop yourself as a legal practitioner through lifelong learning, reflection and career management
· a sense of social justice, empathy and understanding about the social and ethical responsibilities of lawyers
· an ability to analyse and critique the legal system and the role of lawyers.
At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:
1. appraise the legal system and the role of lawyers (Course Learning Outcomes 1,2, 1.5, 2.3, 2.4)
2. appraise social, professional and ethical issues, analysing the professional and ethical responsibilities of a legal practitioner in a public, private or community legal context (CLOs 2.3, 2.4, 5.2)
3. evaluate and reflect on your application of discipline-specific and professional knowledge and skills and implement personal learning strategies (CLOs 1.2 - 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1 - 5.4)
4. apply different kinds of legal knowledge and skills in authentic settings (CLOs 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1 - 2.4, 3.1 - 3.4, 4.1 - 4.4, 5.1 - 5.4)
5. practice and reflect upon cross-cultural competence using collaborative strategies to cater for racial, indigenous, cultural and socio-economic difference (CLO 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 4.3, 5.2).
The unit consists of the following components:
· preparation for the clinical experience, including role-plays and other workshop activities
· mandatory workshops
· virtual project showcase
· reflection upon your learning during and after the clinical experience
· completion of the clinical experience.
In order to achieve the learning objectives of the unit, a range of teaching and learning approaches will be employed. These include:
Workshops and academic support
· Six two-hour workshops in weeks 1 to 5 and week 11
· Online and face-to-face academic learning support in preparation for the clinical experience and the assessment of student learning
· Liaison between the unit coordinator and the clinical supervisor
· Individual consultation, both face to face and by email, between you and the unit coordinator
· Experiential learning and reflective practice
· Clinical supervisor's feedback
· Active learning in an ethos of the student assuming responsibility for his/her own learning
· Careers and Employment career modules.
The Study Guide for the unit provides an outline of relevant content, prescribed readings and workshop exercises for each week of semester.
Online learning and teaching resources that provide feedback on student learning are available via the Blackboard site for this unit.
External Attendance School
There is no External Attendance School in this unit.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
There is no set text for this unit. A Study Guide will be available for purchase through the QUT bookshop.
Online materials for the unit are available on the unit Blackboard site.
To produce your poster electronically and print it, there may be a cost associated with its printing.
Whilst on placement you will be covered by QUT workers' compensation, public liability and professional indemnity insurance. You must familiarise yourself with the workplace health and safety rules of the particular placement.
It is also important to view the QUT WIL Health and Safety PowerPoint,
Managing your rights, responsibilities and safety on placement, which will be shown to you in Week 1 of class, and you will also need to undertake an induction in the relevant workplace.
You may have to sign a confidentiality agreement whereby you agree not to disclose any information learned in the course of the placement to any person outside the field placement office. You will need to understand matters of intellectual property, conflict of interest and insurance, which are also detailed in the Health and Safety resources.
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