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Faculty Of Law And Management

LAW2CNL, 2011

Subject Code:LAW2CNL
Credit Points:20.0
Special Conditions:Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws. Undergraduate students should not attempt this subject until the second year of the law program.
Subject Description:The Constitution of Australia is the foundational legal document of the nation. All law in Australia is fundamentally shaped by the Constitution and so all lawyers need to have a working understanding of it. In this subject students study both the historical development and the present character of the Australian Constitution, in particular through its interpretation by the High Court of Australia. Topics studied include: legal and fiscal federalism; legislative power (including trade and commerce, corporations, defence, and external affairs); executive power; separation of judicial power; express and implied constitutional rights; and State constitutional law. In conjunction with Principles of Public Law, this subject meets the requirements of the Council of Legal Education for admission to practice in Victorian in the area of Federal and State Constitutional Law.
Prerequisites:LAW2TOR or permission of Director, Undergraduate Studies
Class Requirements:Classes will be presented weekly in the form of a 2-hour lecture. In the week following the completion of lectures on a given topic, a 2-hour seminar will be presented by way of a revision of that topic.
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:Y


Assessment Type%Comments
one 2,500-word essay45
one 3-hour final examination55


Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
PrescribedConstitution Act 1975 (Vic)Anstat
PrescribedAustralian constitutional law and theory: commentary and materialsBlackshield, A. and Williams, G.latest abridged edn., Sydney, Federation Press, 2010
RecommendedFederal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary ViewJoseph, S. and Castan, M.Thomson Lawbook Co.

Subject Coordinator: Mr Nagaraja (Balasubramanya) Rao

Subject Availability
Semester 2, Day. Ms Frances Gibson
Semester 2, Day. Mr Nagaraja (Balasubramanya) Rao