COMMON LAW AND THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL SYSTEM
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorSara Smyth
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
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
Special conditions Not available to students who have studied common law.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Concise Australian Legal Dictionary||Prescribed||Butt, P (Ed)||LEXIS NEXIS BUTTERWORTHS|
|Readings||Laying Down the Law, 7th Edition||Prescribed||Cook, C.||LEXIS NEXIS BUTTERWORTHS|
|Readings||Supplementary Unit Materials||Prescribed||TBA||TBA|
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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Melbourne, 2018, Week 10-11, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSara Smyth
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"
|Class participation||Students will be advised in the start of the semester how this will be assessed.||10||01, 02, 03|
|One 4,000 word take-home examination||60||01, 02, 03|
|One 2,000 word essay||30||01, 02, 03|