LEGAL496-19C (HAM)

Work Placement

15 Points

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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law
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Paper Description

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This is a work placement paper designed to provide a 15 point credit toward the LLB degree.

This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.

To complete the Work Placement paper students need to complete a 3000 word (max) research paper. This research paper needs to be focused on a legal issue that arose or was connected to the work the student undertook during the placement. The student also needs to provide a workplace journal documenting the work they have undertaken and the legal issues that have arisen.

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Paper Structure

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1. Attendance at allocated work place for a minimum of 100 hours up to a maximum of 150 working hours; and

2. A work journal of the workplace activities carried out by the student; and

3. A work evaluation completed by the supervisor of the student; and

4. A research paper of 3,000 words (max).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
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  • Obtain valuable work experience as part of a 15 point paper whilst undertaking a degree in law
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  • Develop a deeper analytical understanding of a chosen legal area relating to the work placement.
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  • Successfully translate that work experience into an analytical paper on a subject that arose from the work undertaken (subject to approval by the convenor).
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Assessment

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Work Experience Evaluation and Logbook

Students will be required to keep a journal of their workplace activities including particular tasks carried out, law applied and commentary on implementing work plan. It will be submitted one week after completion of the work placement and prior to the submission of the research paper.

Assessment will also include an employer evaluation completed by the work placement supervisor; a satisfactory evaluation is necessary to pass this paper.

Research Paper

Following the work placement the student is to produce a 3,000 word (maximum) research paper on a legal issue that arose or was connected to the work placement. Students are to seek prior approval from the convenors of the work placement prior to commencing the research.

Depending on the nature of the work placement students may choose a particular offence or evidential issue to be the focus of the research paper.

The research paper paper needs to be connected to the work the students did during the placement, but not be a description of the work carried out.

The paper must demonstrate independent legal research and analysis of the topic including reference to relevant statute, case law and secondary sources.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Work Experience Evaluation and Logbook
50
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2.  Research Paper
50
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no required readings for a work placement internship - research and readings to be based on the subject matter on which the paper is based.
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Online Support

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Moodle
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Workload

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Work placement at elected place of work for a minimum of 100 working hours up to a maximum of 150 working hours plus time to prepare and submit the work place journal and research paper.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisites exist but may vary depending on the type of internship undertaken - student to make enquiry of prerequisites depending on where the internship is sought.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites exist but may vary depending on the type of work placement undertaken. Candidates to make enquiry of prerequisites depending on where the work placement is sought.

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