Internships : effective work integrated learning for law students

McNamara, Judith (2009) Internships : effective work integrated learning for law students. Asia‐Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 10(3), pp. 229-240.

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Work experience which is integrated into an undergraduate law degree has a vital role to play in assisting law students to develop the skills and attributes they need in order to be effective legal practitioners. Work integrated learning provides a context for students to develop their skills, to see the link between theory and practice and supports students in making the transition from university to practice. The literature in Australian legal education has given little consideration to the design of legal internship subjects (as distinct from legal clinic programs). Accordingly the design of internship subjects needs to be carefully considered to ensure alignment of learning objectives, learning tasks and assessment. This paper will examine the literature relating to internships, particularly in a legal context, and will propose some principles for the design of legal internships. These principles will be considered in light of an evaluation of a newly designed undergraduate legal internship subject.

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ID Code: 29509
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN, Work Integrated Learning, Internships, Legal education
ISSN: 1175-2882
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors].
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2010 03:16
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 01:25

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