LEGAL496-21X (HAM)

Work Placement

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

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: carolyne.taylor@waikato.ac.nz
: em.pooley@waikato.ac.nz

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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. It 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. The work placement supervisor will evaluate their skills and attributes in the workplace.

As a result of the work placement experience, the student will research and write a 3000 word (max) research essay. This research essay 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
completes a workplace journal. Here they document the work they have undertaken, the legal issues that have arisen and reflect on their own growth and development.

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Paper Structure

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The work placement papers are practical papers, involving:

1. Attendance at allocated workplace for a minimum of 80 hours up to a maximum of 100 working hours; and
2. A work journal of the work placement 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 paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes:
    1. 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.
    2. Obtain valuable work experience as part of a 15 point paper whilst undertaking the law degree.
    3. Develop a deeper analytical understanding of a chosen legal area relating to the work placement.
    4. Successfully translate that work experience into an analytical research essay on a subject that arose from the work undertaken (subject to approval by the convenor).
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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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 Placement Evaluation and Journal
50
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Research Essay
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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All law students are required to refer to Coppard, McLay, Murray & Orpin-Dowell New Zealand Law Style Guide (3rd ed, Thomson Reuters, 2018) for referencing guidance.

There are no required readings for a work placement. Research and readings are to be based on the subject matter of the research essay.

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.
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Workload

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Work placement at elected place of work for a minimum of 80 working hours up to a maximum of 100 working hours. Remainder of time is then dedicated to finishing the work placement journal and research essay. 150 hours in total across all assessments.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Approval from the Paper Convenor.

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: LEGAL497

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