This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake legal research using secondary sources and under supervision. This includes identifying research requirements and sources of information, applying information to a set of facts, evaluating the quality of the information, and preparing and producing reports.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - prepare a research plan including: liasing with others to clarify needs or to delegate tasks; prioritising required tasks; identifying resources, technical requirements and timelines; - conduct research using secondary sources according to organisational and legal requirements; - edit research findings and use relevant information to prepare draft report; - review draft, seek feedback from relevant person(s) and implement modifications, and; - produce a final report using appropriate format and language, according to the requirements of the request and within agreed timelines.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - list and describe sources of legal data and information; - explain some situations where there would be an obligation to refer matters to supervisors and/or obtain sign-off on legal work; - briefly explain the organisation's policies and procedures relating to researching, accessing and using legal information; - briefly explain the legislative requirements that apply when researching, accessing and using legal information, and; - describe the format for presenting written reports.

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