LAW5051 - Research practicum - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Not offered in 2018


LAW5080 or LAW5081 or LAW5000 or an equivalent foundation subject of a law course.




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. This unit meets the course requirement to plan and execute a professional or scholarly research project.


At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. apply advanced and integrated knowledge, research and cognitive skills to generate appropriate practical and jurisprudential responses to complex legal issues;
  2. demonstrate the intellectual skills to justify and interpret theoretical positions and professional conclusions and methodologies;
  3. plan and execute a professional or scholarly research project with a high degree of independence and accountability;
  4. communicate a clear and coherent exposition of legal and policy issues in ways that are effective for the purpose and the intended audience;
  5. collaborate with others on a project in a workplace setting; and
  6. make use of feedback to support their professional and personal development.


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

A total of 132 hours of internship at an agency.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study