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. The law and practice is also examined through the lens of statutory interpretation literature. 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 and legal commentaries.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesWorkshop paper and presentation; End-of-Semester Assignment Essay. Tutorials and workshop paper and presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLAW5PMI AND LAW5PTO


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

Learning resources

Statutory Interpretation Principles

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorP Herzfeld and T Prince



PublisherThomson Reuters

ISBN 9781760021528

Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Understanding Common Law Legislation: Drafting and Interpretation

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorF A R Bennion, latest edition





Chapter/article titleN/A



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. Be able to analyse and discuss the theoretical literature on statutory interpretation
02. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of statue law.
03. Be able to interpret legislation in a fully informed way.
04. Be able to write a legal opinion on statutory interpretation in a form that approximates the standard expected of a newly qualified lawyer.
05. Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the law and practice of statutory interpretation that is informed by statutory interpretation theory

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.50 hours seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 6.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online Quiz (600 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO2

Practice Assignment (800 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

End-of-Semester Assignment (2800 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5