The compulsory practical training (6 ECTS) – giving students an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom by working under the direction of a practicing legal professional.

 

The main objectives of the practical training are:

 

  • to learn about the management and legal activities in the chosen legal organization
  • to support the fixation of basic knowledge obtained from theoretical courses at the university, the association ability of theoretical and practical knowledge in work situations, and the ability to use that knowledge in work situations
  • to contribute to the implementation of problems in legal rights, to the development of primary practical skills needed in a lawyers work, and to the skill of using this knowledge in practical work
  • to shape the ability to solve legal problems in teamwork situations, to develop the sense of responsiblity

 

During the practical training the student will get to know different spheres in jurist work, more important questions in legal practice, and will learn to carry out simpler and less responsibility required tasks, prepare legal documents and assist the supervisor. The student will analyze main legal questions that he/she faced during practical training. The analyzes will consist of the summary of legislation and legal solutions, the fundamental principles of legal decision-making, and possible solutions for the problems risen from the analyzes and practical training.
Supervision intends to contribute to student’s theoretical knowledge implementation, attitude to practical duties, communication skills towards good social interaction with colleagues.

 

After completing the practical training, the student:

  • will be familiar with the chosen legal practice management and legal activities;
  • can apply theoretical knowledge obtained from bachelors level to practical situations and in research;
  • is familiar with problems risen from legal practice;
  • is able to prepare legal documents and solve legal issues;
  • has the skills to solve simpler legal question in teamwork situations requiring skill, initiative and sense of responsibility;
  • knows and is familiar with main legal aspects and is able to take into consideration legal, social and ethical aspects in evaluating one’s role and responsibility as a lawyer

 

Practical Training – Guidelines, Information, etc.

Here you have some information about the practical training that is part of our curriculum. The practical training is compulsory.

 

For more information, you should contact Professor Phillip Graves (pgraves@tlu.ee) and either study assistant Maris Liström (mlistrom@tlu.ee) or study assistant Anna-Stina Kangro (anna-stina.kangro@tlu.ee).

 

 

1. ECTS

2. Guidelines

3. The objectives of introductory training

4. Learning outputs

5. Duration

6. The venue

7. Supervision

8. Rights and obligations of parties

9. Training plan

10. Tasks of the University’s supervisor

11. Tasks of the Venue

12. Tasks of the the Supervisor at the Venue

13. Report on Practical Training

14. Grading

 

1. ECTS

The practical Training for those who started their studies in 2016 is

  • 6 ECTS = 156 hours of work

The Practical Training for those who started their studies in 2015 or earlier is

  • 4 ECTS = 104 hours of work

The Practical Training is recommended to do in the 5th (3rd year autumn semester) semester of your studies, but it can also be done at another time.

 

2. The guidelines for the practical training:

The purporse of the practical training is to learn new skills from the work environment in the form determined by the educational establishment and under the supervision of a supervisor. The practical training needs to support the achievement of the objectives of the curriculum and the established learning outlets – practical training must be connected with the objectives of the curriculum.

  • The type of practical training in Law in BA studies is an introductory training – practical trainingin Law in BA

 

3. The objectives of introductory training:
  • to get to know the legal bases of the work organisation and operation of the selected judicial authority
  • to anchor theoretical base knowledge acquired at the university
  • to develop the skills to employ the acquired base knowledge in performing work duties
  • to get to know problems arising from the application of law
  • to exercise preparation of documents and solution of legal issues within the realm of the practical training
  • to develop teamwork skills, a sense of responsibility
  • to develop skills to evaluate the role and consequences of one’s professional work in society in view of academic, social and ethical aspects

 

4. Learning outputs

A student needs to acquire the following as learning outputs during an introductory training practice:

  • knowledge of the legal bases of the work organisation and operation of the selected judicial authority
  • skills to use the theoretical base knowledge of the study level and perform related work duties
  • knowledge of the problems arising from the application of law
  • skills to prepare documents and solve legal issues within the realm of the practical training
  • teamwork skills, sense of responsibility in solving less complicated legal issues
  • skills to evaluate the role and consequences of one’s professional work in society in view of academic, social and ethical aspects

 

5. Duration of practical training

When completing the practical training, 1 ECTS equals 26 hours of work. So 4 ECTS = 104 hours, 6 ECTS = 156 ECTS. The duration of practical training shall generally be 40 hours a week. The volume of contact hours and independent work is not accounted for separately.

  • Subject to an agreement with the university’s supervisor, practical training may be exceptionally conducted at a lower load over a longer period of time.

 

6. The venue of the practical training

The judicial authority suitable to be a venue of practical training shall generally be selected by the student, subject to approval of the responsible lecturer. The selection shall be approved by the curriculum leader. In order to apply for a training spot with a contractual partner of TLU Law School, the application needs to be filed with the lecturer responsible for practical training. An extract of the student’s study card shall be attached to the application.

  • If needed, a student may change training bases or complete practical training at 2 training bases
  • Subject to the agreement of the department, practical training may also be completed abroad

 

7. Supervision

In order to ensure the effectiveness of practical training, a student shall have 2 supervisors – a lecturer responsible for practical training on the side of the law school and a supervisor on the side of the training venue

  • A supervisor should be an experienced lawyer with a higher education (has at least a Master’s degree in Law)
  • Subject to acceptance by the venue, the venue of training shall appoint a supervisor on the side of the training base for the student
  • The supervision shall be approved by an agreement on practical training

 

8. Completion of practical training – rights and obligations of Parties

Practical training shall be completed in the volumes and during the time period which have been set out earlier in this part. Before starting practical training, the lecturer responsible for practical training or a person authorized by him or her shall introduce to the student:

  • the general organisation of practical training
  • the guidelines of practical training
  • the rights and obligations of all the parties to the practical training – the student, the supervisor on the side of the authority and the lecturer responsible for practical training
  • the regulation of training relations (contracts forming the basis of practical training and their annexes, diary of practical training, etc.)

 

9. Training plan

Before starting practical training, the student shall prepare a training plan together with the authority’s supervisor and the lecturer responsible for practical training, which shall set out the tasks to be performed during the practical training, allowing for unexpected tasks also to be performed during the training. The training plan shall be the basis for completing the practical training.

For the purporse of fulfilling the objectives of practical training during training, the trainee

  • shall analyse legal problems (relevance of a problem for society, the number of persons concerned, opportunities to create new legal values, etc.), which he or she encountered during the practical training
  • the analysis shall cover the facts and course of a procedure, a summary description of the relevant provisions of legislation, legal evaluations, and provision of possible solutions to legal problems that were encountered in practice
  • shall analyse the legal and other problems of the state, local government authority, court or other judicial authority that is the venue of practical training, or of the company or enterprise that is the venue of practical training
  • shall observe the rules of work organisation at the authority that is the venue of practical training and obey the orders of the training venue’s supervisor pursuant to the agreement on practical training that has been entered into

 

10. The tasks of the University’s supervisor shall be:
  • to determine the venue of practical training in cooperation with the student and, if necessary with the curriculum leader and/or head of studies, if necessary with the President of the Law School
  • to discuss with the student the tasks involved in the practical training
  • to inspect if necessary, the performance of the tasks of training by the student at the venue of practical training and analyse same with the authority’s supervisor
  • contribute to the solution of any problems that may be encountered during the practical training

 

11. The main tasks of the venue of practical training shall be:
  • to ensure necessary working conditions for the student (trainee) (incl. equip the student with materials needed to successfully complete the practical training)
  • to take into account in determining work hours also the conditions provided by the Law School, if any

 

12. The tasks of the supervisor at the venue of practical training shall be:
  • to plan the tasks of practical training together with the student
  • to ensure that the requirements for the venue and tasks of practical training are met
  • to provide the support needed by the student for the performance of the tasks of practical training
  • to evaluate the actions of the trainee at the end of the practical training
  • to notify the University’s supervisor if problems are encountered that require action from the university

 

13. Report on practical training

The practical training shall be completed by making a report on practical training, which shall be submitted to and justified at a seminar on the practical training pertaining to the speciality.

  • A report on the practical training, satisfying the requirements applicable to academic writings, on about up to ten pages, shall be submitted to the coordinator of studies or responsible secretary of the department at the latest three days before defending the report at a seminar
  • A report on practical training shall be comprised of a general and special part. In the general part, placed after the table of contents, the venue of practical training shall be characterised and its tasks and competences shall be described, the management structure, personnel, etc. shall be characterised. The general part shall be between 25 and 30% of the total volume of the report
  • The special part of the report shall address the following issues: the more specific objective of practical training and a brief overview of the work tasks performed and activities during the practical training;
  1. evaluation of the activities of both the student and the venue of practical training (manageability of tasks and intensity of work, adequacy of supervision, main problems encountered and the ways of their solution, etc.)
  2. proposals, both to the venue of practical training and the department, for the improved organisation of practical training in the future
  3. evaluation of the supervisors of practical training of the work performed and the grade (pass / fail)

 

  • The evaluation of the authority’s supervisor shall include the following information about the student’s:
  1. coping with the performance of tasks
  2. attitude towards the practical training
  3. adequacy of preparedness for the performance of tasks
  4. development of knowledge and skills in the course of practical training
  5. strengths and needs for development

 

14. Grading of practical training

Practical training shall be grade at a seminar on practical training by way of defeding the report on practical training. Practical training shall be graded as “pass” or “fail”.

 

Practical Training – Where to complete it?

 

More information coming as soon as possible!

In the meantime, go check out the Guidelines and Information about the Practical Training.

Required Reading

The required reading can be found under the links below. Every student should read all of the following:

Study Regulations (click!)
Study Plan (click!)
Programme (click!)