Experiential Course

CQUniversity’s discipline of law includes experiential learning opportunities in numerous units which will ensure graduates are work-ready. These opportunities focus on skills development and include: 

  • Simulations: moots, branching simulations, role plays 
  • Drafting: legal documents 
  • Client interviewing exercises 
  • Developing legal apps 
  • Clinical programs: embedded within individual units, pro bono community service opportunities and where possible work placements organised by students. 

CQU has an agreement with the Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc (CQCLC) in which CQU students can gain real-life work experience with the community-based, government-funded organisation which provides free legal advice and minor assistance to members of the community who may not otherwise be able to access or afford such assistance. 

The initiative involves the introduction into the CQCLC of CQU law student pro bono volunteers, both in person and online, supervised by CQU staff. 

Some CQUniversity law units have assessment options that enables students to organise and gain recognition of physical placements in legal firms, with barristers and in government legal agencies. The reason these work placements are optional is that the majority of the student body studies part-time online. Placements need to match the flexibility requirements of students. 

In each unit of study, academic standards are set via criterion referencing aligned to learning outcomes according to the Moderation of Assessment Procedure. These criteria are peer-reviewed every term. It is Law discipline practice to use assessment rubrics to demonstrate the standards of achievement expected under each of these criteria. 

The Law discipline complies with the following CQUniversity policies related to assessment methods and standards: 

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment Framework Policy 
  • Moderation of Assessment Procedure 
  • Review of Grade Procedure 
  • Student Evaluation of Units Policy and Procedure