LLAW6273 Practicum project

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6273
Course name: Practicum Project
Programme offered under: LLM Programme
Semester: First + Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits
Cap on student numbers: 50

1.2 Course description

The Practicum shall comprise a 5,000 word writing project based on (i) one or more short clinical attachment programme(s) as the Programme Director may approve in a hospital, any other appropriate healthcare or biomedical institution, or any other appropriate medico-legal setting and/or (ii) an academic attachment programme as the Programme Director may approve. The duration and the number of hours of such attachment programme(s) shall be as approved by the Programme Director. Each student will be required to declare that he or she has no interest or relationship with his or her supervisor in the clinical or academic attachment programme(s), as the case may be. If any institution to which the student is attached in the clinical and/or academic attachment programme(s) is not on the list of pre-approved institutions as updated from time to time, the student will be required to justify his or her choice.

Students will be paired with an academic or practitioner mentor, who will assist in preparing for the practicum project. Students will be provided with guidance in improving their research and writing skills over the course of the writing process. Each student will meet regularly with his/ her assigned mentor to develop his/ her ideas for his/ her writing project and assess his/ her progress in preparation for the presentation.

Students will be placed with a partner organization after consultation with their assigned academic or practitioner mentors. They must receive a satisfactory written report from the supervisor at the placement organization reflecting that the student has demonstrated a serious approach to the work assigned, as well as shown satisfactory attendance at and completion of tasks assigned. Satisfactory maintenance of an Electronic Journal documenting weekly objectives, work output and achievement of goals is also required. Finally, students must submit a research paper on a topic related to the work of the placement organisation (to be agreed in consultation with the Programme Director and the supervisor).

As for the presentation, students will be scheduled to give a class presentation of their practicum project experience. Nontraditional formats may be explored subject to the Programme Director’s approval.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Daisy Cheung dtcheung@hku.hk CCT 406 By email
Course convenor Calvin Ho cwlho@hku.hk CCT 803 By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Students will be able to develop the ability to engage in original research work and build capacity for critical legal analysis and argument.

CLO 2 Students will be able to show serious intellectual engagement with current academic debates in medical ethics and law and make original contributions.

CLO 3 Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of their knowledge and skills gained through their learning experiences in the LLM in Medical Ethics & Law programme by integrating them with important concepts from related disciplines.

CLO 4 Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to orally present and defend work and engage constructively with scholarly criticism and feedback.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

CLO 1  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓  ✓  ✓
CLO 4  ✓  ✓  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Practicum experience TBC 50% 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
Writing project TBC 50% 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: TBC
Private study time: TBC

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.