• Code LEGW8143
  • Unit Value 3 to 12 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

Legal Practice Experience (LPE) is a compulsory component of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP).  This workplace experience/placement is designed to meet the APLEC/LACC Competency Statements for Entry-Level Lawyers for admission as a legal practitioner.

The LPE Guidelines contain more information about the requirements that apply to LPE.
Students complete a 20, 50, 80 placement in a legal environment.

Subject to the LPE Guidelines you may do a placement with:
• a legal practitioner in private practice
• a government, semi-government or corporate legal office
• a community legal service
• a legal aid service
• a state or Commonwealth Prosecuting authority
• a judge or magistrate
• a Tribunal member (who is a legal practitioner)
• the Legal Workshop's Legal Aid Clinic Program
• any other place which the LPE Convenor is satisfied provides appropriate practical experience.

The work experience or placement must involve you in legal work, exercising legal skills in a legal environment (in contrast to administrative, financial or research/academic work).  A person admitted to practise who has substantial experience in practising law and is currently practising law and is currently of good standing in the legal profession must supervise the work experience or placement.

The purposes of workplace experience are to provide an opportunity to:
(a) apply, test and reflect on what has been learned during the GDLP coursework while interacting with practising lawyers, other staff, government officers, clients, stakeholders and others;
(b) develop an understanding the nature of legal practice; and
(c) develop an aptitude for engaging in legal practice.

Ideally, you will:
• Be exposed to the systems, procedures and work commonly found in legal practice, which applies equally to government legal practice,
• Have contact with, and responsibility to, clients - which includes government and corporate clients, and
• Be exposed to the professional responsibilities of a lawyer.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Development of legal skills. Some of the legal skills students are expected to develop during the placement period are: advocacy and persuasion, communication - both oral and written, legal drafting and writing, interviewing, negotiation, research and analysis, time and file management. This list is not exhaustive.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for reflective practice. Students will be required to reflect on their skills development over the whole program and take responsibility to improve their skills.
  • Understand the requirements of legal practice. This includes ethical requirements, necessary skills and appreciate the contribution they can make to the legal profession and to the community.
  • Indicative Assessment

    A report is required at the end of your placement, a template is provided.  This must be read and signed off by your workplace supervisor.

    The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

    Workload

    The workload of LPE is dependent on the total number of days you undertake, ie. a 20, 40, 60 or 80 day placement.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (6303XGDLP or 6312XGDLP) or Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP).

    You will need to contact the ANU School of Legal Practice to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

    Prescribed Texts

    None

    Fees

    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

    If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

    Student Contribution Band:
    3
    Unit value:
    3 to 12 units

    If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

    Units EFTSL
    3.00 0.06250
    4.00 0.08333
    5.00 0.10417
    6.00 0.12500
    7.00 0.14583
    8.00 0.16667
    9.00 0.18750
    10.00 0.20833
    11.00 0.22917
    12.00 0.25000
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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