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MLL338 - Legal Professional Practice

Year:2020 unit information
Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 (Placement), Trimester 2 (Placement), Trimester 3 (Placement)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rebecca Tisdale
Trimester 3: Rebecca Tisdale
Trimester 2: Rebecca Tisdale
Cohort rule:

(For Bachelor of Laws students only)


Students must have approval from the unit chair to enrol in this unit and successful completion of six (6) law units.



Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will spend approximately 150 - 200 hours over the trimester undertaking the placement, learning and assessment activities for the unit.

In-person attendance requirements:

This unit will include a minimum of 100 hours of legal workplace experience. No formal class attendance is required.


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This unit provides students with the opportunity to source and complete an approved placement in order to gain experience in a legal environment. Students will develop the ability to apply and deepen their theoretical knowledge of the law, improve vital oral and interpersonal communication skills, and and further develop their legal and skills by applying them in a practical legal context.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply discipline-specific knowledge and skills to complete and evaluate activities and challenges commonly associated in a legal environment.

GLO 1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO 4: Critical thinking


Apply analytical, legal problem-solving, communication and research skills in a practical legal environment.

GLO 1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO 2: Communication

GLO 4: Critical thinking


Reflect on the ethical and professional duties and obligations which apply in a legal environment, drawing on relevant academic studies and explain how such issues are handled in practice.

GLO 1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate the ability to work constructively, collaboratively and perceptively while under supervision in a practical legal environment.

GLO 1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO 2: Communication

GLO 6: Self-management



Assessment Description Length Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual)- Pre-placement tasks 1000 words 20% To be advised
Assessment 2: (Individual) – Written Reflection (self) 2500 words 40% To be advised
Assessment 3 (Individual):Host evaluation OR Report (Research) 2500 words 40% To be advised

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: Complete a minimum of 100 hours of placement with an approved host organisation.

Learning Resource

Texts and reading lists for units can be found on the University Library via the following link. Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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