These rules are for students enrolled in Practical Experience (75411) prior to Autumn 2016 i.e. the subject Practical Experience (75411) appears as ‘enrolled’ on your study plan prior to Autumn 2016.
These rules should be read by both the student and supervisor.
Students may only enrol into Practical Experience according to their course progression set out in the UTS Handbook. Students must refer to the handbook relevant to the year they commenced their course. Handbook versions for prior years may be accessed by clicking on the archives link.
The successful completion of the subject Practical Experience (75411) requires a student to complete 16 weeks of approved practical placement.
Applications for approval of a practical experience placement are made to the UTS: Law Practical Experience Committee (the committee).
Approval of a Practical Experience placement requires satisfaction of the following rules:
Rule 1: Application process
Students seeking approval for practical experience must:
- 1.1 Be enrolled in the subject Practical Experience (75411)
- 1.2 Submit Form 1 - Application for Practical Experience Placement Approval. Form 1 must be submitted only when students are enrolled into Practical Experience (75411) and as soon as they have secured a placement.
Rule 2: Work to be experienced
The work experienced by a student undertaking practical experience must include:
- 2.1 Experience in the routines, procedures and dynamics commonly found in offices in which legal services are provided;
- 2.2 Contact with and responsibility to the clients (broadly defined) of the office or organisation in which the practical experience is undertaken;
- 2.3 Experience in or observation of the provision of legal services; and
- 2.4 Experience of the process of becoming a professional in the context of the delivery of legal services.
Rule 3: Where Practical Experience is to be undertaken
Practical Experience may be undertaken with:
- 3.1 A legal practitioner in private practice with a full practising certificate or a restricted practising certificate held for more than two years; or
- 3.2 A person admitted to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of any Australian jurisdiction who is eligible to hold a practising certificate and who is able to satisfy the Committee that he/she can provide appropriate practical experience as described in Rule 2; or
- 3.3 Any government, semi-government or corporate legal office or department, employer or employee association, or a community legal service which is recognised by the Committee as being a legal office, department or centre in which appropriate practical experience might be undertaken; or
- 3.4 Any other organisation, department or office which the Committee recognises, either generally or upon application in a particular case, as being an organisation, department or office in which the applicant might undertake appropriate practical experience; or
- 3.5 Employment by a judge or a similar officer to carry out duties such as those undertaken by the judge's associate, the tipstaff or personal representative.
Rule 4: Supervisor
- 4.1 A person may serve as a supervisor if that person:
- 4.2 A person may be substituted as a supervisor during an approved placement if he/she is a member of the same employer/organisation and certifies that he/she fulfils the requirements of Rule 4.1 and undertakes to supervise in accordance with Rule 2.
Rule 5: Length of Practical Experience
- 5.1 To successfully complete the subject Practical Experience (75411) a student must undertake 16 weeks (80 days) of approved experience (based upon a Monday to Friday, maximum 40 hour working week, including a one hour lunch break per day, public holidays excluded). Only full (no less than 7 hours per day) or half (no less than 3.5 hours per day) work day increments may be counted.
- 5.2 Practical Experience may be obtained by undertaking part-time work provided the time spent in the workplace amounts to 80 days (based upon a Monday to Friday, maximum 40 hour working week, including a one hour lunch break per day, public holidays excluded). Only full (no less than 7 hours per day) or half (no less than 3.5 hours per day) work day increments may be counted.
- 5.3 Practical Experience may be accrued at up to four separate placements however each placement must be no less than four weeks (20 days) in duration.
Rule 6: When Practical Experience is to be undertaken
- 6.1 Domestic students have 2.5 years from the commencement of the semester in which they are actively enrolled in the subject Practical Experience (75411) to complete all 16 weeks (80 days) of approved Practical Experience. International students must complete their placement in the semester in which they are actively enrolled into Practical Experience (75411). Failure to do so will result in a fail grade being recorded for the subject.
- 6.2 Students undertaking all PLT subjects may enrol into Practical Experience (75411) in their first and only semester of study. Students undertaking PLT on a part time basis may enrol into Practical Experience (75411) in either their first or second semester of study.
- 6.3 A maximum of 10 weeks (50 days) of work experience may be undertaken in the 18 months prior to the commencement of studies in the semester in which students are actively enrolled in Practical Experience (75411). Work undertaken prior to this 18 month period will not be considered.
- 6.4 Students undertaking more than 18 credit points per semester may only accrue up to 14 hours per week (2 days), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) of Practical Experience. During the Vice Chancellor's Week, and upon the conclusion of a student's formal end of semester exams, a student enrolled into more than 18 credit points of study may accumulate up to 35 hours of practical experience per week, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
- 6.5 Students undertaking 18 credit points or less of subjects per semester can seek approval for any work experience undertaken during the semester, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), up to a maximum of 35 hours per week.
Rule 7: Practical Experience outside New South Wales
- 7.1 Practical Experience may be undertaken in whole or in part outside New South Wales and Australia but must be undertaken in a Common Law jurisdiction.
- 7.2 The Committee may set criteria to be met where practical experience is undertaken outside New South Wales.
Rule 8: Completion of a Practical Experience placement
- 8.1 Upon completion of a Practical Experience placement, the student shall lodge a Form 2 - Supervisor's Report. This must be accompanied by a list of the actual days worked (in full or half day increments) during the placement, printed on the placement organisation's letterhead, with the total number of days tallied, and hand signed (original) by both the student and supervisor.
Rule 9: The UTS: Law Practical Experience Committee
- 9.1 The UTS: Law Practical Experience Committee is appointed by the UTS: Law Dean and comprises the following members:
* Administrative co-ordinator of Practical Experience; and
* Academic Services Manager of the UTS Faculty of Law.
- 9.2 All members shall hold office until their resignation or upon receiving one month's written notice from the UTS: Law Dean of the termination of appointment.
- 9.3 The Committee may regulate its own procedures and otherwise act to implement these Rules.
Rule 10: Appeal against a decision of the UTS: Law Practical Experience Committee
- 10.1 A student may appeal against a decision of the UTS: Law Practical Experience Committee by writing to the Academic Co-ordinator of Practical Experience giving reasons for their appeal that are referenced to these Rules.
- 10.2 Upon receipt of the notification, the Academic Co-ordinator will notify the members of the UTS: Law Practical Experience Appeals Committee and convene a meeting within 14 days of receipt of the students appeal.
- 10.3 The UTS: Law Practical Experience Appeals Committee is appointed by the UTS: Law Dean and comprises the following members:
* UTS: Law Director Courses; and
- 10.4 The UTS: Law Practical Experience Appeals Committee shall notify the student of the result of the appeal giving reasons for their decision within 14 days of making their decision.