STATUTORY INTERPRETATION

LAW2STA

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Statutory interpretation is the body of law governing the determination of the legal meaning and effect of legislation. This subject examines the law and practice of statutory interpretation systematically and in depth. The concepts, interpretative criteria, and techniques of the common law are examined, together with federal and state interpretation legislation. In addition to developing students' skills in interpreting legislation, the subject also develops skills in legal research, in case analysis, and in writing legal opinions.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesTutorial discussions and Tutorial Assignments; End-of-Semester Assignment

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLAW1LIM AND LAW1PPL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Understanding Common Law Legislation: Drafting and Interpretation

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorF A R Bennion

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PublisherOXFORD: OUP

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Columbia Law Review

Resource TypePrereading

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorF Frankfurter (47)

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PublisherCOLUMBIA LAW REVIEW 527

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Statutory Interpretation Principles

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPerry Herzfeld and Thomas Prince

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PublisherTHOMSON REUTERS

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Cross on Statutory Interpretation

Resource TypePrereading

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorJ Bell and G Engle

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Edition/VolumeLatest

PublisherOUP

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Chapter/article titleIntroduction, Chapter 1 and 2

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Be able to locate legislation and extrinsic materials that are relevant to a problem
02. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of statute law.
03. Be able to interpret legislation in a fully-informed way
04. Be able to write a legal opinion on statutory interpretation in language and form that approximates the standard expected of an entrant to the legal profession.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

TutorialWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quiz (600 words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO2

End-of-Semester Assignment (1600 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Practice problem (800 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quiz (600 words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO2

End-of-Semester Assignment (1600 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Practice problem (800 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4