LAW4802 - Research practicum - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Quota applies

The number of places available for this unit is limited by the number of agencies and placements offered in each year. The number of places in 2014 is 22.

Not offered in 2017


Students are placed as interns with a partner organisation operating in the legal sector and complete a unique research project jointly defined by the partner organisation and the unit convenor. The partner organisations are leading regulatory, law reform, service provision or policy-setting organisations in the legal sector. Students communicate the research findings in the format specified by the partner organisation, such as a consultation paper, report, commentary, manual, submission or speech. The partner organisation provides field supervision, and the faculty provides academic supervision. Students negotiate a project plan with their supervisors, keep a progress journal, and make an oral report on the project and learning outcomes.


A candidate who successfully complete the unit should:

  1. apply broad discipline knowledge to find solutions to complex problems
  2. exercise critical thinking and professional judgement in developing new understanding
  3. show technical skill in designing, conducting and reporting on a research project
  4. plan and execute a professional project with a degree of independence and accountability
  5. communicate a clear and coherent exposition of legal and policy issues in ways that are effective for the purpose and the intended audience
  6. collaborate with others on a project in a workplace setting


Negotiated research project 70%

Negotiated project plan and journal reporting on progress (2000 words) 20%

Oral presentation on project and learning outcomes 10%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information


LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104