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This unit builds on LAW344 Legal Practice and Lawyering, by allowing students to put their knowledge and skills into practice as part of a major practical legal project, inquiry, or intensive placement in a legal organisation. Clinical Legal Practice and Education is now a central feature of law studies across Australian Universities. It allows students learn about the law in practice, directly contribute to and better vulnerable communities and reflect on their role as future lawyers. Clinical legal education provides this while developing students’ legal skills.

Students will reflect critically on their role as a law student, avenues for development and improvement, and pathways into legal practice or other related professions. Students will also develop their leadership skills by assisting and mentoring law students in the pathway unit LAW344 Legal Practice and Lawyering.

Partner Organisations include Legal Aid (Tas), the Environmental Defenders Office, Tenants Union, National Justice Project, Grata Fund. Students may also participate in internship and externship opportunities, through the state and nationally; these may include work integrated placements at Launceston Community Legal Centre, Prison Legal Service (Tas), Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Service, Tasmania Law Reform Institute, the Women's Legal Service (Tas) and the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency or other community law agencies agreed to by your supervisors.

Students are expected to complete at least 70-80 hours of clinical experience work over the course of the unit and 10-20 hours of leadership and mentoring of other law students.

Summary 2021

Unit name Legal Professional Experience
Unit code LAW345
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Samantha Howlett

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply understanding of and commitment to professionalism, ethical and professional conduct of lawyers and the practise of law in a direct way as part of the conduct of a practical legal project, inquiry, or intensive placement in a legal organisation.
  2. Contribute to the administration of justice in the community through the conduct of a practical legal project, inquiry, or intensive placement in a legal organisation.
  3. Evidence a practical understanding of the situational environment in which legal work is conducted to ensure your work is responsive and relevant to the conduct of a legal matter or inquiry.
  4. Effectively lead and mentor others in a professional environment.
  5. Work independently, collaboratively and under direction and in a professional and inclusive manner.




Selective enrolment


Teaching Pattern

Off Campus:
Clinical Practice (10 hours/weekly)
Clinical Practice (70 hours/semester)

On Campus:
Lecture (2 hours)


Task 1: Personal and Group Accountability, 2 hour preparation / clinic plan meeting, 1-3 hours clinic time, 1 hour debrief – file planning, 1 hour mentoring review (20%)

Task 2: Folio and exit interview (50%)

Task 3: Reflection (30%)

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