Course Title: Legal Internship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Internship

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Anne Kallies

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1434

Course Coordinator Email: anne.kallies@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

The legal system in Australia is made up of various agencies, courts, and institutions. It is valuable to observe and reflect on each of the elements of the legal system, critically engaging with their role and purpose. This course provides the opportunity for you to spend time in an external legal institution, for a placement or “shadow” a legal professional such as lawyers, policy advisors, advocates, Magistrates and Judges to gain insights into legal practice and to critically engage with the legal system. You will be required to attend the partner organisation for at least 10 days by arrangement between you and the organisation. The internship should not extend beyond 30 days. You will undertake the placement under the guidance of a workplace mentor and with the support of academic and professional University staff. The range of projects in which you will be involved will be determined according to the project priorities of the partner organisation.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1: Analyse the role of the selected legal workplace or organisation in the legal system.

CLO2: Reflect on the design, implementation and evaluation of a work-based project during the placement.

CLO3: Consider the need for law reform options and conduct independent research to make law reform recommendations appropriate to the legal internship.


Overview of Learning Activities

Before you start your proposed role and/or project, you must seek approval by the responsible academic to ensure this is in line with your current study pathway and level.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is designed for students to find THEIR OWN unpaid or paid internship. The Graduate School of Business and Law or the Centre for Innovative Justice may also advertise opportunities.

This elective is usually for an unpaid opportunity and as such the process outlined on www.rmitbuswil.com is the ONLY legal way you can undertake an unpaid placement. The website states that before applying, students MUST ensure they have one unused elective in their degree/program structure to account for this placement. If you are unsure if you have a suitable elective available, please contact RMIT Connect.

If you do not enrol in this course, you are unable to undertake this placement.

As soon as you have found a proposed internship, it is vital that you send your proposed job description to bus.wil@rmit.edu.au for approval.

Your enrolment MUST be completed via the process on the website www.rmitbuswil.com PRIOR to you commencing your internship.

Documents including a WIL Agreement for you and your employer to complete will be provided according to the process detailed on this website. A condition of enrolment in this course is the entry into a Workplace Integrated Learning Agreement and this must be completed before your placement commences. Through this students agree (amongst other things):

  • to comply with the policies, procedures and rules/regulations of both the University and the organisation with which they are placed regarding workplace behaviour, discipline, occupational health and safety and equal opportunity;
  • if requested, to obtain and supply necessary licences, approvals, police checks, working with children checks or registrations necessary for the WIL Activity and provide evidence that these have been undertaken /obtained;

Placements must be recorded in the university’s InPlace WIL system as directed by the WIL team. Please direct any queries relating to finding and enrolling in an internship to the Business WIL staff on bus.wil@rmit.edu.au

Once you are successfully been enrolled in this course, your course coordinator becomes your point of contact. The details of your course coordinator can be found on this Course Guide and the Canvas site for this course.

Learning Activities

  • Work integrated learning activities in the workplace linking to your studies through guided experiential learning in your workplace, under supervision.
  • Participate effectively as a workplace team member, on individual and group tasks.
  • Undertake reflection in reviewing the value of the work experience.
  • Suggest law reform proposals relevant to your work experience.

You will engage in briefing sessions to prepare you for the placement and to complete appropriate paperwork required by the partner organisation or business.

Teaching Schedule

No formal classes are scheduled in this course.

Teaching Schedule

This course in based 100% in an approved industry role with a distance learning model via Canvas, there are no face-to-face classes or tutorials. All learning is done in the workplace and online.Therefore, there is also no standard weekly teaching schedule as the length of each internship placement will vary as students work full or part time over the period. However, the we recommend undertaking the following microcredentials in preparation of and alongside the internship experience.

Emotional Intelligence

Overcoming Bias and Assumptions

Resilience and Adaptability

Managing Time and Priorities


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Recommended Texts

Students are encouraged to refer to the following references:

  • Christine Parker and Adrian Evans, Inside Lawyers’ Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 3rd edition, 2018)
  • Rachael Field, James Duffy and Anna Huggins, Lawyering and Positive Professional Identities (LexisNexis, 2014)


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: 20%

Linked CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2: 30%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: 50%

Linked CLOs: 1, 3