Legal System and Method - Part A

Course code LAWS1001A
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

Legal system stream examines the nature of the Australian legal system, the constitutional framework and the development of sources of law, including the common law and legislation. The course introduces ethical considerations for the legal profession and develops analytical and interpretative skills. Students develop skills in legal research and in written and oral communication as relevant to the study and practice of law.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. The capacity to use legal language and terminology, including citations accurately

2. The capacity to read and analyse case law effectively

3. The capacity to identify legal principles and apply these to diverse scenarios

4. The capacity to structure and present a coherent and persuasive argument with confidence using legal data (orally and in writing)

5. The capacity to write coherently using legal data for different audiences (academic and non academic)

6. The capacity to read and analyse statutes and regulations effectively

7. A capacity to reflect critically on one"s own learning and the role of legal institutions and actors the legal system

8. The capacity to identify ethical issues which arise in practice

9. The capacity to understand and observe court etiquette

10. The capacity to understand and employ a range of self-management and well-being techniques

Content

Legal System and Method Parts A and B are introductory first year courses which are designed to, and have the objective of establishing a basis and foundation for all other law subjects.

The courses have a number of substantive law components which should not be viewed in isolation. Instruction in the methods and skills employed by lawyers are integrated with the substantive law components to provide an introduction to the Australian legal system.

The seven parts of the subject are:

A. Legal System components

  1. Overview of the Australian Legal System
  2. Common law
  3. Statutory Interpretation
  4. The Australian Constitutional Framework
  5. Legal Institutions and their Regulation


B. Legal Method components

  1. Written communication
  2. Oral communication
  3. Self-management and ethics

Multi-term Sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assessment Items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Legal System - Statutes Exercise

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Legal System Case Reading

Written Assignment: Communication - Reflection

In Term Test: Open Book Examination: Legal system

In Term Test: Open Book Examination: Legal System - Problem Solving

Written Assignment: Legal Method - Reflection

Written Assignment: Legal Communication - Client file and Reflection

Quiz: Communication - Referencing and Writing Exam

Quiz: Online and In-class Tasks

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term