MLL442 - Advanced Legal Practice


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Not offered in 2023
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

(For Bachelor of Laws students only)


Students must have approval from the unit chair to enrol in this unit, MLL235 plus successful completion of 5 additional law units



Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

In-person attendance requirements

30 classroom contact hours: 6 contact hours per day (2 x 1 hour classes and 2 x 2 hour seminars) for 5 days and 2-6 Courtroom observation hours. Attendance is required.


Places are limited. Please email unit chair to enrol into the unit.

Students may be required to obtain a Police Check before undertaking this unit.


This unit is explicitly intended to extend skills and knowledge, developed in core subjects studied in the law curriculum, by exploring the relationship between theory, practice and the legal profession. This is done with a lens provided by an externally recognised expert in the field. Students will be challenged by emerging legal issues found in legal practice (within the selected area), taking into account institutional practices, relevant laws and legal processes. Students will be required to employ the skills they have developed throughout the course of their legal studies (eg, legal research and writing skills, critical thinking skills, etc) to produce output as required by practice to the legal problem under study (eg, legal pleading, application, letter of advice, etc). The specialist area that forms the subject of this unit may vary annually. Specific details will be identified by DLS and notified to students as these become known and prior to enrolment being made available. The essential focus of the unit will be to expose students to the practice of law and how it intersects with the theory and doctrine learned throughout their studies; to reflect on issues of legal principle relating to specific issues and controversies and to develop responses as governed by legal practice.


This unit provides students with a unique and invaluable opportunity to engage with some of the foremost experts and practitioners during their time at university.

By undertaking this unit, students acquire a diverse range of practical legal skills including: the capacity to undertake legal research and apply legal research to factual scenarios; the ability to synthesise professional, technical and ethical knowledge acquired in the law degree and apply it in a practical legal context; skills in critical thinking and legal judgment; the capacity to independently devise legal solutions for complex legal problems; and the capacity to identify and respond to ethical, moral and professional dilemmas in legal practice.

Students also develop an appreciation of social justice issues and have a heightened awareness of the operation of the criminal justice system, law reform needs and policy issues which face courts and criminal lawyers. The skills developed in this unit will be useful for students who wish to practice law (especially criminal law), along with students interested in policy, government and social justice career pathways. 

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: Mandatory attendance

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