LAWS12074 - CQUni Law Clinic

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit offers a range of work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities around the community legal sector including students who have an offer of a short term placement. The unit is designed for you to actively seek practical legal training and experience in preparation for entry into the legal profession once you have completed your law degree. You will participate in a range of roles and tasks relating to everyday legal practice under supervision in an authentic legal environment. These experiences will allow you to develop the knowledge and skills to transition to the workplace. Central to the experience is an opportunity to become involved in a Community Legal Centre helping to deliver advice, information and minor assistance for clients. You should expect to be exposed to everyday legal issues around family law, employment law, debt, neighbourhood disputes or other areas of the law. You will also choose at least one other experience from a range of possible skills based options associated with work-integrated learning with a Government agency, a private law firm or with a member of the Private Bar or a self-directed task performed under the supervision of the coordinator. The unit commences with a compulsory online induction program preparing you for work in a variety of roles. Issues covered will include cultural competence, professional and ethical behaviour, client confidentiality and client care. The induction also involves an introduction to the community legal sector, how it works, how it is funded and who it serves. Entry to this unit is only via a successful application, interview and invitation. It is necessary to satisfy the specific requirements to attend placement at the CQUniversity Law Clinic. These attributes include confidentiality, professionalism, client care, and conflicts of interest. The code of conduct for the agency will form part of this assessment also. If you do not pass the hurdle assessment, you will be unable to attend the clinic for your practicum.


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 There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
2. Portfolio 60%
3. Written Assessment 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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: Self-reflection
Student attainment is captured well by the current assessment, but could be improved by incorporating the assessment by clinical partners of students' performance during their placement.
A portion of the grade for clinical studies should be awarded on the basis of student performance during their placement, as evaluated by the clinical partner.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the broader contexts within which legal issues arise in practice
  2. Apply the principles and values of ethical practice and professional responsibility lawyers employ when working with clients
  3. Classify legal issues and exercise legal reasoning and research to provide appropriate responses to legal problems.

This unit is not a Priestley 11 unit subject to accreditation requirements.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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 10
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)