Part 2: The Workbook

Introduction

The Workbook (available in PDF) will help you plan and prepare for your work-integrated learning (WIL) experience to maximize each experience. It encourages self-direction and self-reflection, thinking through the critical issues likely to come up in your WIL experience. It includes reflective practices and exercises to use during your WIL experience. Some exercises will be relevant to your particular situation and some won’t. Choose what works best for you.

There is often more than one right answer, but the exercises will get you thinking. Consider discussing your answers with a mentor, supervisor, study group members, colleagues, or other support people. There are many benefits to collective reflection, so we encourage you to discuss your ideas widely.

To increase the depth of your learning, you’ll see space for notes throughout the Workbook. Take the time to write down your answers. Thinking about your answers, without writing them down, will not give you the same benefits. (Writing involves a different brain function and increases learning.) Use the Workbook as you see fit, and modify the exercises to suit your own experience.

Use the workbook during:

  • Internships/externships
  • Student legal clinic work
  • Pro bono placements
  • Law-related summer or part-time jobs
  • Project-based law classes
  • Simulation exercises or problem-based learning
  • Articling placement
  • All other law-practice-related tasks

Moving from the law school learning environment to a WIL experience can be a bit disorienting and challenging. The Workbook provides ways to make the most of your experiences. Some exercises may seem easy or obvious but are based on the latest research on learning: this research shows that taking a moment to reflect on what you are experiencing, thinking and doing before, during, and after an encounter or a task helps to develop professional insight and build professional competence and knowledge more quickly.

View the workbook (PDF)