Course Title: Practise In A Legal Environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: LAW5109

Course ID: 030850

Course Title: Practise In A Legal Environment

School: 650T TAFE Business

Program Code: C6070 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice)

Course Contact : Robyn Lang

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1565

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Doug Cole
9925 5424

Nominal Hours: 68

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

LAW5040 Legal Process [VBM898]
LAW5041 Law of Torts [VBM894]
LAW5042 Property Law [VBM896]
LAW5043 Law of Contract [VBM895]
LAW5048 Commercial Law [VBM899]
JUST5009 Law of Evidence [VBM897]

Course Description

This module covers open client file, take instructions and provide required legislative information, consult appropriate specialist(s), obtain, prepare and manage legal documentation, maintain communication with the client and identify and apply legal ethics and practice

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBJ207 Practise in a Legal Environment

Learning Outcomes

1. Open client file, take instructions and provide required legislative information.
2. Consult appropriate specialist(s).
3. Obtain, prepare and manage legal documentation.
4. Maintain communication with the client.
5. Identify and apply legal ethics and practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Students will study Practise in a Legal Environment skills and theory in class sessions and through prescribed exercises and assessment work. These concepts will also be explored through the investigation of appropriate real world and simulated environments.

Teaching Schedule

 Weekly Schedule 
Week BeginningTopicsAssessment
Week 1 – 12th FebIntroduction, file keeping, taking instructions 
Week 2 – 19th FebOrganisations and people in the legal environment. Obtaining specialist assistance 
Week 3 – 26th FebTrust and firm accounts, costs 
Week 4 – 5th MarEthical duties of legal practitioners and staff 
Week 5 – 12th MarLabour Day holiday. No class 
Week 6 – 19th MarCommunicating with clients 
Week 7 – 26th MarLegal language, documentation, the uses and abuses of precedents 
Week 8 – 2nd AprilLitigation documents 
 Mid Semester Break (Student Vacation) – 5th to 11th April 
Week 9 – 16th AprilLitigation documents 
Week 10 – 23rd AprilConveyancing documents 
Week 11 – 30th AprilConveyancing documentsLitigation file due
Week 12 – 7th MayCommercial documents 
Week 13 – 14th MayCommercial documents 
Week 14 – 21st MayClass presentationsConveyancing file due
Week 15 – 28th MayClass presentations 
Week 16 – 4th JuneClass presentationsConveyancing file due
Week 17 – 11th JuneQueen’s Birthday holiday. No class 
Week 18 – 18th JuneFeedback and review of assessment 

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course


R. Curnow, A Practical Students’ Guide to Working in a Legal Environment, Law Crest.

Lewis and Kyrous Handy Hints on Legal Practice (3rd ed.) Lawbook Company.2004

Other Resources

Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic)
Professional Conduct and Practice Rules 2005
Legal Profession Regulations 2005

Online Resources:
Australian Legal Sites (
Australasian Legal Information Institute
CCH Online
LexisNexis Butterworths Online
Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents
High Court of Australia
Federal Court of Australia
Federal Magistrates Court
Supreme Court of Victoria
County Court of Victoria
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of assignments, a presentation and practical exercises (simulated client files).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment that learning outcomes have been achieved will be by:

Submission of three simulated client files 80%

Students will need to satisfactorily complete all work on files to achieve a pass. Marks will be determined by assessment of the following:
- Magistrates’ Court Complaint
- Brief to Counsel
- Letter to client
- Statement of Adjustments and Settlement Statement
- Settlement instructions
- Contract

Oral presentation and report 20%

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