law5clm common law




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students who are not graduates in Australian law are introduced to Australia's fundamental legal institutions, the basic methods of Australian lawyers, and the central substantive principles of Australian law. Students will examine Australia's legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, federalism, the Australian legal profession, and selected principles of Australian public, private and procedural law. Students will also practise basic legal skills in reading case law, interpreting statutes, answering legal problems, and researching and citing the law.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMLC or LMGB or LMLGBL or LMLI or LMCL or LMIBL or LML or LMGBL or have permission of Law School.


Incompatible subjects LAW1LIM, LAW5IAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Not available to students who have studied common law.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsConcise Australian Legal DictionaryPrescribedButt, P (Ed)LEXIS NEXIS BUTTERWORTHS
ReadingsLaying Down the Law, 7th EditionPrescribedCook, C.LEXIS NEXIS BUTTERWORTHS
ReadingsSupplementary Unit MaterialsPrescribedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Be able to describe the central substantive principles of Australian Law.

Lectures and discussion.

02. Be able to identify the basic methods of Australian lawyers.

Lectures and problem solving activities.

03. Employ the basic legal skills in reading case law, interpreting statutes and answering legal problems.

Team presentation/scenarios on Common Law and the Australian Legal System problem solving activities.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 22-23, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 22 - 23
Five 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 22 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Class participation1001, 02, 03
One 6,000-7,000-word take-home examination9001, 02, 03