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-ordinatorSara Smyth

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 LMLAW or have permission of Law School.


Incompatible subjects LAW1LIM, LAW5IAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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


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 MaterialsPrescribedTBATBA

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, 2018, Week 10-11, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 11
Five 6.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 11 and delivered via blended.
"9-11 14-15 March 2016 Only"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class participationStudents will be advised in the start of the semester how this will be assessed.10 01, 02, 03
One 4,000 word take-home examination60 01, 02, 03
One 2,000 word essay30 01, 02, 03