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LAWS3510: External and Community Engagement

Semester 2, 2020 [Clinical experience] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit is designed for later year LLB and JD students to undertake a project that allows them to work under the supervision of a University of Law School academic with one of the University's industry and community partners. This experience will allow students to apply their academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to a real-world issue in an authentic and meaningful way.

Unit details and rules

Unit code LAWS3510
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

Required knowledge will vary by project.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Simon Rice,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Weekly discussion forum
Comments on and responses to class readings and others' posts.
20% - 250 words max per post, twice weekly
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment First Reflection
Personal reflection on insights and change perspectives on law and society
10% Week 04
Due date: 18 Sep 2020 at 12:00
600 words max
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Assignment Case study
A topical analysis of a recent or current law reform process
20% Week 07
Due date: 12 Oct 2020 at 12:00
1200 words max
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Second Reflection
Personal reflection on insights and change perspectives on law and society
10% Week 09
Due date: 30 Oct 2020 at 12:00
600 words max
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Law Reform Strategy Analysis
Topical analysis of an NGO's current law reform strategy
40% Week 12
Due date: 22 Nov 2020 at 23:55
3000 words max
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Weekly discussion forum posts (maximum 250 words per post x 2 each week; 20%)
  • 2 x personal reflections (600 words each; 10% each)
  • Law reform case study (1200 words; 20%)
  • Law Reform Strategy Analysis (3000 words; 40%)

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

  • Completely answers the question.
  • Contains striking originality of approach or analysis.
  • Demonstrates exhaustive or innovative research (where independent research required).
  • Exceptionally well written, structured and expressed.
  • Is otherwise exceptional in some way.


75 - 84

  • Completely answers the question.
  • Achieves a critical and evaluative approach to the issues.
  • Content and structure is well organised in support of the argument.
  • Demonstrates extensive research and analysis to support a well-documented argument.
  • Generally well expressed and free from errors.
  • Has a clear structure and is well articulated.


65 - 74

  • Covers main issues fairly well in answering the question.
  • Contains no significant errors.
  • Demonstrates an attempted critical approach to the issues.
  • Demonstrates reasonably sound research and analysis in addressing the key issues.
  • Has a clear structure and reasonably clear expression.


50 - 64

  • Identifies the key issues, but does not follow through with a reasoned argument.
  • Contains some significant errors.
  • Displays satisfactory engagement with the key issues.
  • Offers a descriptive summary of material relevant to the question.
  • Superficial use of material, and may display a tendency to paraphrase.
  • Demonstrates little evidence of in-depth research or analysis.
  • Adequate expression.
  • Overall, demonstrates the minimum level of competence in the assessment and satisfies the requirements to proceed to higher-level studies in the degree or subject area.


0 - 49

  • Does not answer the question.
  • Contains significant or numerous errors.
  • Few or no identifiable arguments.
  • Content that is inappropriate or irrelevant.
  • Lack of research or analysis.
  • Difficult or impossible to understand through poor grammar, expression or structure.
  • Overall, does not demonstrate the minimum level of competence in the assessment.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The late submission of a piece of assessment, which has not been granted an extension prior to the due date, will attract a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the piece of assessment if it is up to 24 hours late, 20% if it is 24-48 hours late, and 30% if it is 48-72 hours late. A piece of assessment submitted more than 72 hours late without an extension will not be marked and will be awarded a fail grade.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction and Overview Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 02 Theory Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Legislation Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Lobbying Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Committees and Inquiries Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 07 Evidence Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Litigation Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Mobilisation Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Media Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 11 Human Rights; Lawyers Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

The University states ‘No student will be mandated to attend a face to face class and you will not be penalised for not attending class’. For online attendance the University states ‘It is recommended students join these tutorials online at the time they are scheduled. Where this is not possible, attendance will generally not be mandatory’.

Class attendance is encouraged, subject to safety considerations.  This unit relies susbtantially on discussion and analysis rather than on the passive conveying of content.

Note that weekly participation in the online discussion forum is assessable (20%).

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Weekly readings are listed in the Detailed Unit of Study Information on the unit Canvas site, and are available on eReserve in the Library.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. 1. show an appreciation of the theoretical underpinnings, and political dimensions, of issues of law reform
  • LO2. 2. show a greater ability to engage in analysis of law, policy and reform from a range of critical perspectives
  • LO3. 3. show an enhanced ability to identify and respond to legal ethical issues
  • LO4. 4. show better developed skills in communication, collaboration, and group work
  • LO5. 5. show an improved capacity for reflective practice
  • LO6. 6. show new personal insights into personal and professional direction and development

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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