Legal System & Method - Part B

Course code LAWS1001BUnits 10Level 1000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

LLB courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Bachelor of Laws (Honours and associated combined degree programs.

This course is Part B of a multi-term sequence. Part A must be successfully completed before undertaking Part B. The separate elements of the sequence must be completed in consecutive terms ie without an intervening term.


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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are:
1. To assist students to gain knowledge of the Australian legal system.
2. To assist students to develop a range of skills in dealing with legal data, including research, problem-solving, writing and legal professional skills.
3. To promote critical thinking and reflection.
4. To introduce concepts of legal professional ethics.
ContentLegal System and Method is an introductory first year course which is designed to, and has the objective of establishing a basis and foundation for all other law courses.

This course has 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. A sound appreciation of the legal system is not possible without the acquisition of legal skills.

The parts of the course are:

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

B. Legal Method components
1. Legal Research
2. Oral Communication
3. Legal Writing
4. Written Communication
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Seminar
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassShort answer questions
Examination: Open BookHypothetical problem questions
Other: (please specify)The assessment items listed for LAWS1001A and LAWS1001B are undertaken over the full academic year. The assessment will comprise of a number of exercises, assignments, examinations and in addition there will be an assessable mooting exercise.
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesThe assessment will comprise of three exercises and an assessable mooting exercise
Quiz - On-line
ReportsReflection exercise based on film
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LAWS1001B