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1 Legal Professional and Community Service Experience Rachel Spencer Director of Professional Programs School of Law, UniSA

2 Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt

3 LAWS 4007 An elective course Pre-requisite = Professional Conduct Offered every term The course includes a placement of 1 day per week for 10 weeks OR as agreed with course co-ordinator

4 Why do a Placement? Experience Develop professional skills and values Learn from experience Challenge yourself Think about the role of lawyers in society Supportive environment Maximise the experience by discussing and reflecting in class.

5 Aim of the course Students will develop a critical perspective on: – legal ethics – professionalism – justice access – the role of law (and lawyers) in society.

6 Aims of the Placement Develop your own professional goals. Develop an awareness of the diverse role(s) of law and lawyers in society. Develop a critical approach to legal ethics and access to justice. Develop yourself as a reflective practitioner.

7 Goals help focus you on areas in both your personal and professional life that are important and meaningful, rather than being guided by what other people want you to be, do, or accomplish. Catherine Pulsifer

8 Active involvement in an organisation + Feedback on their activities = Students learn from their own performance. - an ability which will continue to develop and benefit students throughout their careers.

9 Self-awareness Ability to identify strengths and weaknesses. What am I good at? What do I need to improve? Take responsibility for how you conduct yourself in practice.

10 Adaptability Highly sought after quality due to globalisation and the rapid, ongoing evolution of technology and workplace structures and practices. Chance to turn disastrous events into unique learning opportunities. Exercise patience and reflective thinking. Staying cool in a crisis.

11 Learning in a Workplace Context

12 Learning in Workplace Contexts There are major differences between workplace and classroom learning.

13 Student status in the overall scheme is different University: student is the central concern Workplace: multiple and competing interests

14 Contrasts between: Classroom learning Predictable Simplified and orderly Sustained Intentional Central interest is student Workplace learning Unpredictable Complex, messy Immediate, transient Opportunistic Competing interests

15 Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction. Author Unknown

16 Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do. Anonymous

17 There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experience. You can only do that if you have curiosity and an unquenchable spirit of adventure. Eleanor Roosevelt, 1960

18 Some placement options: Guardianship Board Edmund Rice Camps Argent Chambers, London Office of the Ombudsman (SA) Elder Care ERD Court Helping Hand Aged Care Justice Net Legal Advice Clinic Find your own (must be approved by course co- ordinator)

19 Timing of placement 1 day per week for 1 term (10 weeks) OR A block of time (eg 2 weeks full time) during the term OR A block of time after completing the course

20 Contact me: Rachel Spencer Director of Professional Programs School of Law, UniSA Telephone:

21 Speakers Matthew Atkinson, Legal Advice Clinic, UniSA Jason Fernandis, Tips for Final Year Law Students Glenn Carrasco, Argent Chambers, London Melissa Baxter, A Placement in London Skye Bennett, Global Experience Program Isobel Bailey, Placement in San Francisco Jasmine Schwarz-Hoog, From Placement to Employment Megan Philpot, Office of the Ombudsman SA


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