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WIL3000 Work Integrated Learning - Law

Semester 3, 2013 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Marie Kavanagh
Moderator: Raymond Leong

Other requisites

A student must be enrolled in any one of the USQ Bachelor of Laws programs, or the Juris Doctor program, and must have completed at least half of the core law courses before enrolling in this course. Students are required to have organised work experience involving practice in a law firm or law related work environment and received the written permission of an approved legal practitioner or other agency carrying out legal work to use it as the basis of their learning. They then must submit a proposal detailing their proposed work experience and submit it to the course examiner by the first day of semester for consideration. If their proposal is approved they will be enrolled in the course. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Work Integrated Learning provides undergraduate students the opportunity to perform in a
professional role and meet organisational expectations as a graduate prior to completing their
program of study.


The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to experience the applied aspects of working in an area of law. It allows students to enhance their learning by the application of the concepts, theories and graduate skills developed in aspects of legal study to their workplace activities. Further it will encourage a reflective approach to the development of their knowledge, skills and professional attributes. It is envisioned that the practical legal experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects. Students should be aware that the number of students will be restricted and acceptance will be at the discretion of the course examiner.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. develop and demonstrate an awareness of how theory is implemented in a law firm or law related work environment
  2. begin to apply the concepts and theories of their studies to their activities and responsibilities in a law firm or law related work environment
  3. develop and demonstrate transitions skills which will equip students to make a positive contribution to a law firm or other agency undertaking legal work
  4. develop and demonstrate workplace communication skills, in verbal and non-verbal forms
  5. develop and demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a group in a law firm or other agency undertaking law related work
  6. make a positive contribution to the goals of the law firm or law related work environment in which they are placed
  7. develop and demonstrate skills that allow them to be a productive, effective member of a law firm or other agency undertaking legal work.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Placement preparedness 15.00
2. Reflective diary 35.00
3. Project or portfolio 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • UConnect Discussion List for updates, emphasis, and contribution to course discussion.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Reflective diary, project/portfolio of placement activities 40.00
Self-directed study and assessment preparation 125.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROPOSAL 10 10 15 Nov 2013
REFLECTIVE DIARY ENTRY 2 12 12 20 Dec 2013
FEEDBACK 10 10 17 Jan 2014
REPORT/PORTFOLIO 60 60 24 Jan 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course. The weightings referred to here are not the percentage weightings used to indicate the relative loading on topics described on the first page of this course specification.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments:
    1. Assignments must be uploaded electronically through UConnect in the drop box by 5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the due date.
    2. The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been typed and submitted on a single file with appropriate document name.
    3. Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    4. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. Students may apply for an assignment extension by personally contacting the examiner before the due date. Such applications should be in writing and include supporting documentary evidence. The authority for granting extensions rests with the examiner.

  2. Course weightings:
    Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to any aspects of assignments assessing those topics.

  3. Assignment format:
    All submitted assignment work must be in electronic format, submitted through the WebCT drop-box and the assignment document must be in WORD version format. No hard text paper assignments will be accepted.

  4. Referencing in assignments:
    The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  5. Students are required to access the course intranet mail and discussion boards accessible via UConnect on a regular basis. This is the official communication site for this course.

  6. All students are expected to have access to a personal computer and the Internet. Details of computer requirements can be found at

  7. Students who are studying via the Web are required to access the introductory book, study modules and selected readings for the course via the Study Desk in UConnect under the relevant folders.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at