Courses & Units

Legal Practice and Lawyering LAW344


This unit will provide you with the opportunity to put skills and knowledge gained during your Law studies into practice in the University of Tasmania's on-site legal clinic (Student Legal Service), assisting clinic lawyers to interview clients, prepare research, advice and correspondence to and for clients, design community legal education materials, and contribute to policy and law reform efforts. Clinical Legal Practice and Education is now a central feature of law studies across Australian Universities.

This unit provides you with the necessary educational foundation to effectively engage in clinical legal practice within the law degree and as a student volunteer in social justice and community law activities. It allows you to learn about the law in practice, directly contribute to and support vulnerable communities, and reflect on your role as a future lawyer. Clinical legal education provides this while developing your legal skills. You will receive training in legal professional conduct, legal ethics, correspondence and communication, client relations, memo and advice preparation, legal collaboration, and case and firm management. Training and seminars will be delivered by academic staff and guest lecturers from the legal profession.

By completing this unit, you will be better prepared to make genuine and substantial contributions to social justice and volunteering work, either outside your studies or as part of Legal Professional Experience (for which this unit is a prerequisite). The unit connects to the training you will receive in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Tasmanian Centre for Legal Studies, facilitating an articulated transition to that program and to legal employment after it.


Unit name Legal Practice and Lawyering
Unit code LAW344
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Doctor Yvette Maker
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect critically on the work and obligations of lawyers and other legal professionals, the operation of the legal system and the way in which law is practised
  • Think creatively when approaching real-word legal issues and tailor your response to the circumstances
  • Apply your theoretical legal knowledge and research to a legal problem in an efficient and directed way
  • Demonstrate preliminary practical legal and professional skills and the ability to adopt and utilise the appropriate skills in the circumstances
  • Work independently, collaboratively and under direction in a professional and inclusive manner

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090913 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 1 hour weekly starting week 1

Clinic/Seminar: 4 hours fortnightly starting week 2

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Skills assessment (15%)|Assessment Task 2: Personal Accountability and Reflection (35%)|Assessment Task 3: Research Project and Presentation (50%)
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