These rules are for students enrolled in Practical Experience (75411) from Spring 2017 onwards i.e. the subject Practical Experience (75411) appears as ‘enrolled’ on your study plan in Spring 2017 or onwards.
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 15 weeks of approved work experience.
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: Type of 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: Types of acceptable placements
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 two or more 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 judicial officer to carry out duties such as those undertaken by the judge's associate or the tipstaff.
Rule 4: Qualifications of Supervisor
- 4.1 A person may serve as a supervisor if that person:
(a) (i) is a legal practitioner with a full practising certificate or a legal practitioner who has held a restricted practising certificate for two or more years; or
(ii) is 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
(iii) is a judge; or
(iv) is a tribunal member who has held a practising certificate for at least 2 years; and
(b) (i) has not been the subject of an adverse finding by his/her licensing authority or disciplinary body; or
(ii) if the supervisor has been the subject a disciplinary order, they may apply for approval by making full disclosure to the Committee;
(c) normally has no more than three other persons working for him/her who are gaining Practical Experience; and
(d) advises the Committee that he/she accepts responsibility to ensure that the experience outlined in these Rules is received, and that any other requirements of the Committee are complied with.
- 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 by completing sections 4, 5 and 6 of Form 1.
Rule 5: Length of Practical Experience
- 5.1 To successfully complete the subject Practical Experience (75411) a student must undertake 15 weeks (75 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 75 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 placements must be no less than three weeks (15 days) in duration.
Rule 6: When Practical Experience is to be undertaken
- 6.1 Domestic students have 2 years to complete all 15 weeks (75 days) of approved Practical Experience from the commencement of the session in which the subject Practical Experience (75411) appears as ‘enrolled’ on their study plan. International students must complete their placement in the session in which the subject Practical Experience (75411) appears as ‘enrolled’ on their study plan. 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 session of study. Students undertaking PLT on a part time basis may enrol into Practical Experience (75411) in either their first or second session of study.
- 6.3 A maximum of 12 weeks (60 days) of work experience may be undertaken in the 2 years prior to the commencement of studies in the session in which the subject Practical Experience (75411) appears as ‘enrolled’ on the student’s study plan. Work undertaken prior to this 2 year period will not be considered. Please note: Students who are enrolled in Practical Experience (75411) in Autumn 2016, Spring 2016 and Autumn 2017 may claim a maximum of 10 weeks (50 days) of work experience undertaken in the 18 months prior to the commencement of studies in the session in which the subject Practical Experience (75411) appears as 'enrolled' on the student's study plan.
- 6.4 Students undertaking more than 18 credit points per session may only accrue up to 2 days per week (14 hours), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) of Practical Experience during teaching weeks as well as the Orientation and Preparation week immediately preceding week 1 of each session. During the Review Week and Stuvac, and upon the conclusion of a student’s formal end of session exams or final assessments, 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 per session can seek approval for any work experience undertaken during the session, 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 part outside New South Wales and Australia but must be undertaken in a Common Law jurisdiction.
- 7.2 A minimum of 15 days of Practical Experience must be undertaken within Australia.
- 7.3 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 UTS:Law staff positions:
* Subject Cordinator of Practical Experience; and
* Student Programs Coordinator; and Student Programs Assistant
* Academic Services Manager
- 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 Subject Coordinator of Practical Experience giving reasons for their appeal that are referenced to these Rules.
- 10.2 Upon receipt of the notification, the Subject Coordinator 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 UTS:Law staff positions:
*UTS:Law Associate Dean (Education); and
* UTS:Law Director of Students; and
* UTS:Law Director of PLT
- 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.