FPL330 - Field Placement I

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Subject Title
Field Placement I

Subject Description
Students are required to fulfill field placement during which they are expected to apply, in a legal work setting, the theory gained during their legal studies.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Law Clerk Diploma Program, offered through the School of Legal and Public Administration and the Faculty of Continuing Education.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate professionalism and good work behaviour patterns (e.g. attitude, reliability, attendance, punctuality, confidentiality, demeanour and appearance).

2. Understand the operations and functions of various components of a law office/legal department.

3. Use legal precedents files and law libraries and participate in various law office/legal office procedures.

4. Prepare an employment resume according to professional legal standards.

5. Successfully attend a legal placement carrying out the duties as assigned by the employer.

Required reading:
Getting Ready for Work, Sharyn Borovoy ISBN 978-1-55239-365-9

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All Law Clerk Courses and Approval of Field Placement Coordinator

Topic Outline
1.  Prepare a resume in consultation with the Field Placement Coordinator.
2.  Complete a student questionnaire if required.
3.  Attend assigned field placement.
4.  Submit all required documentation:  Field Placement Evaluations, Privacy Act Release, and Placement  Journal.

Mode of Instruction
Not applicable

Prescribed Texts
Getting Ready for Work, Sharyn Borovoy

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students receive a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for the field placement. To obtain a grade of satisfactory the following is required:

1. Prepare a resume according to field placement coordinator's requirements.

2. Attendance - the student must fulfill the attendance requirements as set out in the field placement guidelines.  Failure to do so will result in a grade of unsatisfactory.

3. Punctuality - the student must, on a regular basis, arrive at the field placement employer on time and work a full business day. As set out in the field placement guidelines, persistent lateness or early departures will result in a grade of unsatisfactory.

4. Student Evaluation by Employer - the student must obtain an overall satisfactory rating from the employer.  In addition, unsatisfactory ratings in areas pertaining to attitude or dependability may result in a grade of unsatisfactory.

Students must submit documentation to the Field Placement Coordinator in a timely manner once the Field Placement is completed.

A total of 20 days of field placement is required through the completion of FPL330 and FPL430.

Approved by: Sandra Noble