Law Work Placement | Abertay University

Law Work Placement


This Module will provide an opportunity for the student to gain practical experience of work in a legal environment.


The aim of the Module is to allow the student to demonstrate the practical application of their knowledge and skills gained on the LLB programme

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Apply academic legal knowledge in a professional working environment.

2.  Demonstrate the ability to perform professional duties, complying with standards required in a legal services environment

3.  Reflect on and evaluate the experience and learning gained from the placement.

Indicative Content

1 Preparation for Placement

Students will meet with the placement tutors to be briefed on the requirements of and arrangements for placement, including expectations of the student, university and placement provider; discussion of key professional conduct issues for example, Confidentiality and Data Protection. Personal Development Planning. Students will require to prepare a cv and attend an interview to secure a placement. They will complete a SWOT analysis before attending the placement as part of their e-pdp

2 Placement Learning

Students will undertake a supervised work placement on 1 day each week for 10 weeks in implementation of agreed work plan.

3 Monitoring of Placement!!Monitoring of Placement

One scheduled visit will be made by a placement tutor to the student in the placement setting and will also include discussions by a placement tutor with the placement provider, to ensure satisfactory progress is being made. Non-scheduled contact will also be maintained by telephone or email or epdp systems.

4 Placement Debriefing

Structured debriefing sessions will be attended by students registered on the module to share, reflect on and discuss their experience during the work placement and answer questions posed by peers as well as academic and careers staff. Students will update their CV and SWOT analysis as part of their reflections in their ePDP.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Mandatory briefing sessions will take place in the first two weeks of the semester before attending the placement, in order to brief students on the requirements and arrangements for their placement. Discussions will also focus on students Personal Development Planning and skills analysis. The students will undertake a supervised work placement on 1 day each week for 10 weeks, implementing the work plan agreed between the student, placement tutors and placement provider. Whilst on placement, the students will be required to complete a reflective workbook on learning via an epdp system (Pebblepad).The workbook will comprise a reflective account on their work placement experience and learning; and how they have developed personally and professionally enabling them to become 'reflective practitioners.' The placement tutors will provide guidance and support before, during (including week 26) and after the placement and the student will have the opportunity to contact the placement tutors during the semester. There will also be one scheduled assessment visit by a placement tutor during the placement, with the student, to ensure satisfactory progress is being made. The visit will also provide opportunity for discussions with the placement tutor and the placement provider to review the student's progress. Non-scheduled visits may be arranged to allow any issues or problems to be resolved. Debriefing sessions will take place after the placement period for peer review and sharing of experience; allowing the students to reflect on the placement experience prior to submitting their workbook. The placement provider will also be asked to provide a report on the assessment of the student at the end of the placement. Where a student does not fulfil the module or the placement provider wishes to terminate the agreement, the student will be required to undertake a project module to ensure they can complete the credit requirements for the programme

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 70
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 78

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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