This is an umbrella unit designed for intensive Court and Tribunal Internships offered in the College of Law and Justice such as the Supreme Court Internship and County Court Internship. It is intended that future internships will be developed with additional bodies. It will involve lectures by judges, tribunal members or other officials on the role of the institution and their roles within it, attendance at hearings or other institutional legal processes, and briefings on the functions of registries, libraries and other parts of the institution.

Upon completion of the unit students will have a practical and detailed understanding of the how the particular court , tribunal or legal institution works and will be able to consolidate and synthesise their observer experiences in constructing a deeper understanding of  legal concepts, legal knowledge, skills and practice and professional conduct.

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Enrolment in this unit is also dependent on approval by the Unit Coordinator with places capped depending on the number of times the unit is offered and the specific workplaces in which it is offered. Admission to this unit is competitive. A written application is required; selection is based on GPA, written applications and interviews.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse legal concepts critically through reflective practice;  
  2. Interpret experiences as an observer in order to develop as a lifelong learner;  
  3. Construct new ideas and understandings about court, tribunal and institutional structures and processes, working both individually and with others to propose and critique decisions;  
  4. Apply a consolidated body of legal knowledge, professional conduct rules and ethical practice; and  
  5. Reflect critically on and analyse the impact of culture and values on justice, power and inequalities in the legal system.  


The assessment for the unit will comprise a 1,000 word literature review basis for a 2,000 word reflective research paper and a group presentation. In addition to the graded assessment, an additional hurdle assessment applies: students will be required to attend all contact sessions due to the core nature of this unit's observational learning provided by the Court and Tribunal setting.
Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Literature review (1,000 words) 15%
Assignment Reflective research paper (2,000 words) 35%
Presentation Group Presentation (group and individual contribution) 30%
Journal Hurdle requirement: Reflective diary on court days (1000 words) 20%
The total assessment in this unit is equivalent to 5,000 words.

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