LAWS386-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

The Capstone Course: Applied Professional Skills

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


The Capstone Course provides students with applied general, legal and selected management skills in a context that replicates actual legal practice in the legal, NGO and business services environment. During the course you will also assist actual clients with legal problems at the Campus Law Clinic, under the supervision of practising lawyers.

The Capstone Course offers students training in applied general and specialist legal skills, including inter-personal and selected management skills, in a context that replicates actual legal practice in the business and legal services environment.
Another feature of the course is the identification of access to justice gaps in the law, or recurring trends indicating other problem areas. These gaps in the law identified, may then be researched and result in proposals for law reform to improve access to justice in New Zealand.
The course will also have the objective of promoting effective transition-to-the-workplace skills, like an appreciation of bi- and multiculturism, drafting effective resumes, the primacy of wellness in the workplace, and applying new AI technologies like ChatGPT.

Learning Outcomes

  • The course outcomes are designed to equip students with specialist knowledge and legal skills not covered in other LLB courses. In addition, the course outcomes envision the inculcation of certain core values, such as emphasising the importance of promoting access to justice for the public. On completion of this course, students will have attained the following knowledge, skills and values learning outcomes:
  • Knowlege outcomes- An understanding of the following general topics:
    Clinical Legal Education concepts; the NZ Legal Profession and Legal Aid System; Disputes Tribunal processes; Selected Bi- and multicultural topics; Understanding Artificial Intelligence (AI); understanding advanced general and legal research skills.
  • Skills outcomes: Basic proficiency in Critical Reasoning Skills; Application formulas for various communication skills (Listening; Speaking; Reading; Writing; Interviewing and Statement-taking; Letter-writing (general; demand and referral); Legal Opinions and Memoranda; How to run a meeting; Working in teams; Career research and drafting cover letters and resumes).
  • Values outcomes: What is effective access to Justice? Client empathy and confidentiality; Courtesy and etiquette; Reliability and trustworthiness; Honesty and integrity; work-ethic self-analyses; Assessing the professed values of industries, profession and the country; Bi-cultural influences and effects, and interacting in an increasingly multicultural environment.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.




Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Robin Palmer

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,663.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS386 Occurrences

  • LAWS386-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024