- Code LEGW8141
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Legal Practice
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP) is the first course students must do in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP). It is a four day, compulsory, intensive course that introduces students to legal practice skills and to the requirements of the GDLP.
The skills of legal practice are mandated by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC). They and are known as the Australasian Practical Legal Training Council (APLEC) competencies.
During BAP, students engage in a series of activities that introduce them to:
- Lawyer's Skills including: communicating effectively, interviewing clients, negotiating settlements and agreements and representing a client in court.
- Legal Problem Solving including: analysing facts and identifying issues and generating strategies and solutions.
- Work Management and Business Skills: managing personal time, managing risk and working cooperatively.
The BAP course also provides the groundwork and basic skill development that will then be developed through the remainder of the GDLP.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Develop and apply effective communication strategies, (including verbal, non-verbal and in writing), to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences in the specific legal contexts of a client interview, a negotiation and representing a client in a legal forum.
- Collaborate effectively with peers, clients, staff, legal and other professionals to identify, analyse and solve problems.
- Investigate and analyse complex legal problems, facts and law and develop options and strategies which meet a client's objectives.
- Reflect on the student's own knowledge, learning, experiences and feedback from peers and mentors and modify the student's own practice to improve future performance.
- Demonstrate and critically reflect upon the student's own ethical and professional behaviours, including regard for their own wellbeing when managing workload.
- Respond to a client problem scenario and consider client and lawyer perspective. (null) [LO 1]
- Construct written response for a client that clearly addresses a legal problem. (null) [LO 1]
- Participate in group work to facilitate solutions for clients. (null) [LO 2]
- Negotiate a settlement for complex commercial or other legal problem. (null) [LO 2]
- Prepare and discuss options to solving a complex legal problem involving two sides in dispute. (null) [LO 3]
- Present case for client in court. (null) [LO 3]
- Participate in peer review exercises where reviews are offered and received by students. (null) [LO 4]
- Write a reflection on the BAP experience. (null) [LO 5]
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The Course is constructed around a full-time, face-to-face intensive that lasts four days (Monday to Thursday). Each day of the intensive lasts essentially from 9.00am until 5.00pm. The course requires some prereading, available online, before the intensive. Students will be able to access the prereading once they have enrolled in the course.
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