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This dynamic final year capstone course reinforces and consolidates what LLB students have learned in the whole LLB degree program. It allows them to demonstrate their mastery, analysis and synthesis of legal knowledge and skills. Students will engage with a case study involving all their legal skills such as drafting documents, giving advice and using negotiation and mediation skills. They will also take part in group work and oral presentations. Other sections of the course cover wellness and resilience, bi-cultural skills in a multi-cultural society, career readiness, technology and work, the culture of law and the reality of legal work and workplaces. The main aim is that law students will graduate with strengthened employability as a graduate attribute and be able to move more easily into workplaces where they will be using their LLB.
Transition to the Workplace (The Capstone Course)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Understand and apply a number of core practical legal skills, including logic, reasoning, oral communication, letter-writing, interviewing, statement-taking, legal opinions, and negotiation; Prepare and draft effective covering letters and resumés (CVs); Identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues; Create connections across diverse areas of legal knowledge and skills, and demonstrate the practical application of such knowledge and skills; Recognise, reflect upon and respond effectively and appropriately to diverse cultures and perspectives; Recognise, reflect upon and respond effectively and appropriately to personal, social and ethical issues likely to arise in the workplace; Evaluate and reflect on developing professional identity including professional values, future learning plans and career development; and Collaborate effectively and appropriately in teams.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
(i) LAWS202 - LAWS206; (ii) Subject to the approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
, Lynne Taylor
, Elizabeth Toomey
, Natalie Baird
, Theresa Buller
, Chris Bridgman
and Adrienne Paul
Assessment is likely to consist of the Case Study Work Files (40%); 4 x Skills Modules (10% each); and a Self-Reflective Paper (20%). The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Domestic fee $831.00
International fee $4,200.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 60
For further information see
Faculty of Law.