Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Legal Process, Methods and Institutions introduces students to the study of law, the core legal institutions and sources of law in the Australian legal system and legal practice. Students develop critical skills for legal work including case analysis, legal problem solving, legal research and written and oral communication. The subject examines what is law, places Australian law in both local and global contexts, and explores both adversarial and non-adversarial approaches to dispute resolution. Topics include indigenous law, the doctrine of precedent and legal reasoning, dispute resolution processes, ethical problem solving and the legal profession, and current problems of access to justice and human rights.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMary Anne Noone

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects LAW1LIM, LAW11LSC, LAW5IAL, LAW5CLM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be admitted to Juris Doctor degree or have permission from Director of JD Program.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsConnecting with LawPrescribedMichelle Sanson and Thalia Anthony 2014Oxford Uni Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate integrated knowledge of the framework of the Australian legal system including its historical contexts, core institutions, sources of law and of how law is made, developed and applied

Online Quizzes, Case Note, Oral Presentation, Examination

02. Demonstrate integrated cognitive and creative skills in working with case law

Case Brief, Oral Presentation, Examination

03. Develop written and oral communication skills appropriate to the legal discipline

Case Note, Oral Presentation

04. Critically analyse current problems in access to justice and Australia's legal processes adn institutions

Oral Presentation, Examination

05. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of academic integrity and awareness of the consequences of any failure to comply

Online Quizzes, Case Note, Oral Presentation, Examination

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2016, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMary Anne Noone

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Two 4.0 hours workshop per study period on saturday during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three Online Quizzes (750 words equivalent)15 01, 04, 05
One Case Note (1500 words)25 01, 02, 03, 05
One Oral presentation (500 words equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Examination (3000 words equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05