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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Common Law and the Australian Legal System introduces students to Australia's fundamental legal institutions, the methods of Australian lawyers and sources of law in Australia. Students develop essential skills for studying law including case analysis, legal problem solving, legal research and written and oral communication. The subject examines what is law and explores both adversarial and non-adversarial approaches to dispute resolution. Topics include the history of law making in Australia, the doctrine of precedent and the origins of legal reasoning, indigenous law and its relationship with the common law, the Australian legal profession and selected principles of Australian public, private and procedural law.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesOnline group exercises, take home exam, seminar discussions

Capstone subjectNo

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 LMLE or have permission of Law School


Incompatible subjectsLAW5PMI OR LAW5IAL OR LAW1LIM

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Various readings that will be made available on the LMS

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended






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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


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. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the framework of the Australian legal system including its core institutions and sources of law
02. Demonstrate astute cognitive and creative skills in working with Australian case law
03. Critically examine the historical, social and theoretical context of Australia's legal processes, methods and institutions

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