Work-integrated learning as a component of the capstone experience in undergraduate law

McNamara, Judith, Kift, Sally M., Butler, Des, Field, Rachael M., Brown, Catherine, & Gamble, Natalie (2012) Work-integrated learning as a component of the capstone experience in undergraduate law. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 13(1), pp. 1-12.

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There is currently little guidance in the Australian literature in relation to how to design an effective capstone experience. As a result, universities often fail to provide students with a genuine culminating experience in the final year of their degree. This paper will consider the key objectives of capstone experiences – closure and transition – and will examine how these objectives can be met by a work-integrated learning (WIL) experience. This paper presents an argument for the inclusion of WIL as a component of a capstone experience. WIL is consistent with capstone objectives in focusing on the transition to professional practice. However, the capacity of WIL to meet all of the objectives of capstones may be limited. The paper posits that while WIL should be considered as a potential component of a capstone experience, educators should ensure that WIL is not equated with a capstone experience unless it is carefully designed to ensure that all the objectives of capstones are met.

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ID Code: 49615
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Work-integrated learning , capstone, final year experience, transition, closure, LJHERN
ISSN: 1175-2882
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education
Copyright Statement: Access to published manuscripts is free and available only in electronic form. Published articles are provided in the form of PDF files and may be used freely so long appropriate references to the manuscript and the Journal are made.
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2012 22:46
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:43

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