FPL490 - Field Placement

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Last review date 2017-07-17 00:15:29.784

Subject Title
Field Placement

Subject Description
Students are required to complete field placement in a legal work setting to apply the theory and skills they have learned in the program, and to gain work experience. Field placement promotes the concept of "learning by doing". The student must successfully complete field placement of 120 hours to graduate from their program.

The Law Society of Upper Canada requires a minimum of 120 hours of Field Placement/Practicum work experience.

Credit Status
This is a credit course applicable towards the Paralegal Certificate Program offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

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

1. Demonstrate professionalism and good work behaviour patterns (in relation to, for example, attitude, reliability, attendance, punctuality, demeanour and appearance).

2. Understand the operations and functions of various components of a court, tribunal, law office, legal department, or paralegal firm through direct observation.

3. Where permitted, use legal precedents, files and law libraries and participate in court functions or firm, government or business.

4. Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled.

5. Demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes related to essential employability skills:

a. communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
b. respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
c. apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
d. use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
e. locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
f. analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
g. show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
h. interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
i. manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
j. take responsibility for one?s own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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.

Students must get approval of their field placement from the field placement coordinator prior to beginning the placemet. All field placements must be done under the supervision of and signed off by a licensed lawyer or paralegal.

  • Successful completion of all module courses in the Paralegal Education Certificate Program.
  • Police clearance letter: Any student who wishes to have a field placement in a court, governmental department, agency or tribunal may have to obtain a police clearance letter from the jurisdiction in which he or she resides. See "Police Clearance Letters and Security Checks," later in this outline.

Topic Outline

  • Prepare a résumé in consultation with and acceptable to the Field Placement Coodinator.
  • Complete a student questionnaire and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act release.
  • If (and only if) a student wants a placement with a court, tribunal or governmental office, then the student may be required to submit a police clearance letter, dated the same year as placement. No clearence letter is otherwise required.
  • Attend any field placement preparation sessions or meetings, as required.
  • Attend the assigned field placement during assigned hours, carrying out the duties as directed by the employer.
  • Submit all required documentation, namely: Student Evaluation and Placement Journal.
  • Facilitate completion of the Employer Evaluation as required.

Mode of Instruction
All students will receive Field Placement Student Guidelines prior to placement.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

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 ("SAT") or unsatisfactory for the field placement. To obtain a grade of SAT, the student must:

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