LAWS12073 - Legal Practicum

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This capstone unit provides you with a choice of an international study tour, domestic placement, participation in a social innovation project, or workplace simulation. You may undertake a multi-week legal international study tour, facilitated by CQUGlobal, to an international location in conjunction with an external partner organisation. International study tours will involve you having to pay for travel and accommodation which may be offset by access to government scholarships, e.g. New Columbo plan. Prior to travelling to an international location, you will study appropriate aspects of host country law and culture and will develop practical skills necessary to support your practicum. You may undertake a domestic placement, facilitated by the Workplace Instruction (WIL) team, or you may also be able to source and complete an approved placement to gain experience in a legal environment. Prior to undertaking a domestic placement, you will study appropriate cultural aspects, ethical responsibilities and will develop practical skills necessary to support your placement. You may undertake a social innovation project, facilitated by the Office of Social Innovation, designed for you to engage with a social innovation issue. The workplace simulation option is a simulated legal work experience with a heavy emphasis on skill development (advocacy, drafting, client interviewing, negotiating, file management, problem solving) in the context of a practical legal case file. The specialist area that forms the subject of this simulation may vary annually. The capstone unit will enable you to apply your knowledge to legal problems in a legal environment. As part of your capstone you will undertake an analysis, maintain a reflective journal, and present your accomplishment to peers which will then be used to update your ePortfolio.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: 24 credit points of law 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 40%
3. Presentation 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
While in Phnom Penh, too much time was spent on the bus. Practical exercises were very valuable but too few in number.
Recommendation
In future offerings, the working week will be increased to 5 days while in Phnom Penh, most days consisting of one meeting rather than two, to be followed by a practical exercise in the afternoon each day.
Action Taken
The working week was 5 days (except where there was a public holiday) and consisted of morning meetings and afternoon exercises.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Unit should be graded rather than pass/fail.
Recommendation
This feedback was received from a small number of students. The nature of the experience and assessment process, including the routine use of group work, would make it difficult to satisfactorily grade the unit on the usual scale. While noting the student feedback, the grading system will remain unchanged.
Action Taken
No change to grading system.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
A code of conduct should be developed to ensure students comply with the expectations of dress and conduct in a business environment in Cambodia
Recommendation
A code of conduct has been developed in will be implemented during future offerings.
Action Taken
A code of conduct was discussed with students, who adhered to this code in business settings.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Additional preparation in terms of language would have been helpful.
Recommendation
Optional Zoom sessions on Khmer language will be offered by the lecturer prior to departure for future trips.
Action Taken
Optional zoom sessions on Khmer were offered prior to the trip.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Greater variation in food options for those with dietary restrictions woul have been helpful.
Recommendation
Medical dietary restrictions were accommodated for all students. Dietary preferences however may not be able to be accommodated, as this is simply one of the perils of travel in a developing country. Food provided to students was at a Western standard.
Action Taken
Dietary requirements were catered for.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Plan and prepare for a professional experience
  2. Effectively participate in a professional experience
  3. Communicate effectively about a professional experience
  4. Contribute to team outcomes during a professional experience.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Presentation