LEGAL INSTITUTIONS AND METHODS

LAW1LIM

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore three main themes in an introductory framework. The first theme considers the underpinnings of law and the legal system in Australia, raising questions such as 'what is law?' and 'how does the legal system in Australia operate?' The second theme examines issues relating to the art of lawyering. Specifically, we work on developing skills such as case analysis and legislative interpretation, which are crucial to the practice of law. The third theme involves placing law in Australia in its context. We discuss issues concerning the legal profession, legal ethics and access to justice.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission in course belonging to progression group LLAWU or with permission of Director of Programs

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be admitted to any Bachelor of Laws UG degree or have permission from Law Director of Programs

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Guide to Legal CitationPrescribedN/ACURRENT EDITION, MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW
ReadingsLaying down the lawPrescribedCook,C., Creyke, R., Geddes, R. & Hammer, D.LEXIS NEXIS. 9TH EDN.
ReadingsButterworths concise Australian legal dictionaryPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsSupplementary Materials, 2015PrescribedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate, in written form, an understanding of the basic aspects and workings of Australian legal systems such as the main legal institutions and their functions as sources of legal authority

Activities:
Library exercises. Case brief. Court report. Exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Locate primary and secondary sources of law and use them as research tools

Activities:
Library exercises. Case Brief. Court Report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Apply appropriate written and oral communication skills in the Law School context

Activities:
Case brief. Court Report. Exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Analyse, interpret and apply case law and legislation through writing

Activities:
Case brief. Court report. Exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Demonstrate problem-solving techniques as they apply in the Law School context

Activities:
Exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

06. Work as a team in a small group setting

Activities:
Case brief.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

07. Demonstrate an awareness of the philosophical, social and ethical issues affecting legal practitioners and legal practices in Australia

Activities:
Case Brief. Court report. Exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

08. Demonstrate an awareness of the nature of academic integrity and its consequences

Activities:
Library exercises, case brief. Court report. Exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 days lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 days seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,000-word Court Report30 01, 02, 04, 05, 07
Case Brief and Presentation (group exercise)15 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
compulsory library practical research skills exercises (online)15 01, 02, 08
one 2-hour examination40 01, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,000-word Court Report30 01, 02, 04, 05, 07
Case Brief and Presentation (group exercise)15 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
compulsory library practical research skills exercises (online)15 01, 02, 08
one 2-hour examination40 01, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJudith Gutman

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,000-word Court Report30 01, 02, 04, 05, 07
Case Brief and Presentation (group exercise)15 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
compulsory library practical research skills exercises (online)15 01, 02, 08
one 2-hour examination40 01, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08