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Experiential learning

In your fourth year of study, Practicum is an experiential learning tool that provides you with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development. You will develop their capacity to manage a series of workplace-related learning objectives, and apply their skill sets and classroom knowledge in local community placements. For more information please visit the Practicum page

Practicum Course

The Practicum course—with five classes in total—runs concurrent to 100 hours of fieldwork over the one academic term (approximately 12 weeks). Students produce a major theoretical paper, reflection journals, and in-class presentations. The course also entails conducting a site visit, and developing a learning contract. The Practicum course helps you navigate your personal, professional, and academic goals. The Practicum Co-ordinator concludes the term with a poster day, where faculty, staff, students and community partners hear about the experiences of Practicum participants.

Examples of Placements

One Practicum student discussed how his experience at the local criminal law firm piqued his interest in the intersection of criminality, mental health and addiction. Another student, whose placement was with victim services at the Durham Regional Police Service, proposed and led a project streamlining information for victims of crime, and translating that information into multiple languages.

Previous Practicum placements for Legal Studies students have included:

Student Testimonials

"My Practicum placement was at a law office in Oshawa and I owe a lot of my success to that experience. The skills I developed as a legal assistant provided a strong foundation for my professional career. My experiences in the Practicum course play a big role in my day to day work and also prove to be a big boost to my resume. I strongly believe the Practicum program prepared me for the working world post-graduation and provided me with great references and experiences. I work with other graduates from other universities who did not have the opportunity to have a hands-on practicum and they envy my experience."
- Ryan Mills

"When I first applied for the Practicum course, I never imagined being blessed with such a fulfilling experience. I have learned a lot of valuable life lessons and skills that I can apply in any future career setting. The organization I worked with helps multicultural women find the counselling they need. Many of them, whether they are permanent residents or immigrants, don't know where to turn for help. My project opened my eyes that there are more than just often-expensive legal services available."
- Sandra Edobar

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