The College of Law 2 What is the purpose of work experience? Work Experience is one of the three components of The College’s Practical Legal Training (PLT) Program which qualifies successful graduates to apply to be admitted to practice as an Australian lawyer. College students can choose between 25 days of work experience plus an additional study module, or the more traditional 75 days. The purpose of work experience is to provide students the opportunity to: y y apply relevant knowledge and skills to solve real life problems for clients either hands-on or by observation; and y y reflect on what is learned in the PLT coursework. What are the key takeaways of work experience? At the end of the work experience placement, students should have: y y applied their PLT coursework to real-life legal practice; y y been under the supervision of a member of the legal profession; y y gained an understanding of what a legal practitioner does; and y y reflected on their work experience. Who can provide work experience? The College recognises that appropriate practical experience can be gained in a wide range of places, including: y y a solicitor or barrister in private practice; y y a government, semi-government or corporate legal office or department, employer or employee association; y y a judge to carry out legal research and provide legal services; y y a tribunal member (who is a legal practitioner) to carry out legal research and provide legal services; and y y a Community Legal Centre. Work experience can be undertaken in any Australian jurisdiction. Overseas placements may be approved in some circumstances. This guide is to help you understand the purpose of a student’s work experience placement and The College of Law’s expectations about the nature of the supervision required.