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Analyse and distinguish between the different forms of reflection and critical reflection.


Pro Bono and Professional Practice


As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Pro Bono and Professional Practice assignment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.

Assignment Brief

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the module, you should be able to:

  1. Analyse and distinguish between the different forms of reflection and critical reflection.
  2. Understand and evaluate ethical issues which can arise during Pro Bono and or clinical legal education.
  3. Analyse complex public or client real-life problem to identify and apply relevant legal principles to reach a logical supported conclusion and offer appropriate advice with options.
  4. Use appropriate hard, soft and professional legal skills to engage with the public.
  5. Critically reflect on participation in legal explanation activities This assignment assesses learning outcomes 1-5

Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list in OSCOLA format. You should address all the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.

Maximum word count: 4000 words

Please note that exceeding the word count will result in a reduction in grade proportionate to the number of words used in excess of the permitted limit.


QLD Regulations require that unfair practice findings are referred to the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) and BSB (Bar Standards Board) and can prevent admission as a barrister or a solicitor. Take your referencing seriously. Do not risk you career.

Assignment Task

This assignment consists of two parts, PART A and PART B. To complete the assignment, you must complete PART A first, followed by PART B.

If you do not complete PART A you cannot complete PART B and any Part B submission will not be marked and will be treated as a non-submission.


Please refer to your module page for your tutor name and email address.

Before or during week four contact your tutor to discuss the type of Pro Bono or professional practice opportunity that you wish to engage in. There is guidance given on finding an opportunity in Lesson One.

Whether you are using ongoing professional practice or volunteering work or engaging in a new opportunity you should obtain consent from the supplying organisation using the consent form. There is no need to obtain consent from individual clients as you are reflecting on your own experience rather than researching the client’s experience.

Before the end of week five complete the Pro Bono opportunity agreement form and the consent form and submit to your tutor by email.

Your tutor will sign your agreement form which agrees that the Pro Bono or professional practice opportunity is appropriate. If a consent form is required, the agreement form will not be signed off until the consent form has been received by your tutor.

If appropriate, we reserve the right to require you to obtain ethical approval for your Pro Bono or professional practice opportunity. Ethical approval may be needed if for example, you are working with vulnerable parties. Ethical approval may be required in other circumstances. Ethical approval will require you to apply to the Ethics Committee who will sign off your agreement form. This will take longer than the usual agreement process and you should build extra time into your schedule to take account of this.

YOU MUST informally discuss your opportunity with your tutor, before completing the consent or agreement forms.

Once you have received your signed off agreement form you can then complete your Pro Bono or professional practice opportunity and move onto PART B

You may find it helpful to keep reflective notes, in the form of a blog, journal, video diary or podcast during your Pro Bono or professional practice experience. These, like your reflective essay should maintain anonymity.


Write a critically reflective essay which reflects on your experiences engaging in Pro Bono or professional legal practice during the course of this module.

Your essay should refer to relevant reflective theory, and, where appropriate, law, professional conduct, legal and general skills and legal theory. Remember that this is a critically reflective essay, so the focus should be your experience.

Your essay must comply with all ethical requirements and reference to third parties must comply with the requirements of confidentiality and be fully anonymised. (100 marks) (LO 1-4) (4000 words)

Formative Feedback

You have the opportunity to submit a plan of your critically reflective essay to receive formative feedback.

The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps you develop your skills as an independent learner.

If you are a distance learning student, you should submit your work, by email, to your tutor, no later than two weeks before the actual submission deadline. If you are a blended learning student, your tutor will give you a deadline for formative feedback and further details.

Formative feedback will normally only be given once and will not be given to work submitted after the above date.

You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging case law and ensure this is referenced using the OSCOLA system. The My Study Skills Area contains an OSCOLA Referencing Interactive Tutorial.


You must use the OSCOLA referencing method in your assignment.

OSCOLA Quick Reference Guide

OSCOLA Full Reference Guide

Additional notes:

Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the assessment.

The word count excludes the title page, tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes, reference list and appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted from the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL other printed words ARE included in the word count. See ‘Word Count Policy’ on the homepage of this module for more information.

Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.

Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. For more information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document available on the module page on iLearn.

You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the homepage of your module and also in the Induction Area).


QLD Regulations require that unfair practice findings are referred to the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) and BSB (Bar Standards Board) and can prevent admission as a barrister or a solicitor. Take your referencing seriously. Do not risk you career.”

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