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MLJ738 - Legal Professional Practice


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:

This unit is restricted to students undertaking M729.


Students must have approval from the unit chair to enrol in this unit and have successfully completed 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.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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


Business & Law Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units are by application only and quotas may apply.

Please visit the website for further information and how to apply.

Please contact the Faculty WIL team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au for any enquiries. Please use your Deakin email and state your student ID in all correspondence.


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 further develop their legal skills by applying them in a practical legal context. Approval to enrol will be subject to the completion of an application and the availability of suitable supervisory arrangements.

  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

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual) – Pre-placement tasks 1000 words 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) – Written Reflection (Self) 2500 words 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual)- Host Assessment OR Research paper 2500 words 40% Information not yet available

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

Minimum of 100 hours of placement with an approved host organisation.

Learning Resource

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