LAW37680 BCL Internship

Academic Year 2022/2023

This paid internship module (which is open to third year students studying Law as a single subject) enables students to experience a 14 week placement with an employer in a professional environment. The module provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have already acquired at university to real-life situations and to further develop a range of workplace skills including teamwork, time management and communication skills. Students will apply for places on the module by responding to internship advertisements on Careers Connect, and selection will be by employer interview. Placements will be in positions that are complementary to the study of Law and may include, for example, internships with law firms, in the legal departments of companies and in the non-governmental sector.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

- Participate with greater confidence in professional environments;
- Make more informed career choices;
- Manage their time more effectively;
- Account for their actions and decisions;
- Work effectively as part of a team;
- Demonstrate an awareness of professional conduct and ethics, including confidentiality;
- Demonstrate the relevance of their university programme to professional environments;
- Critically reflect on their skills and identify personal skills development goals;
- Reflect on how their critical understanding of law has changed.

Indicative Module Content:

See 'Purpose and Overarching Content' above.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The primary approach to teaching and learning on this internship module is experiential learning or 'learning by doing.' Participating students will experience a unique learning environment in the professional world, which will provide challenges and opportunities. Reflection is also an important dimension of this module - students will be required to complete a monthly learning log reflecting on their learning over the previous 4 weeks. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

Students may not enrol for the internship module and for the Study Abroad programme.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAW30760 - Legal Placement

Additional Information:
This module is available to the BCL (BHLAW015) programme only and in order to eligible for consideration students must have successfully completed Stage 2 of their studies.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Seminar: Students will attend a seminar in Week 4 of the trimester, in which participating students will make short presentations on their experiences to date. Week 4 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Journal: Students will complete 4 reflective journal entries (approximately 750 words each) over the duration of the internship, to be submitted by specified deadlines through Brightspace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Seminar: Students will attend a seminar at the end of the trimester, in which they will make a short presentation on their overall experiences on the module. Week 12 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual feedback on the reflective journal entries and oral feedback in the seminars held in Weeks 4 and 12.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Mark Coen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Maebh Harding Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Emma Lyons Lecturer / Co-Lecturer