Legal System and Method II examines the nature of the Australian legal system, the constitutional framework and the development of sources of law, including the common law and legislation. Through the use of advocacy this course develops analytical and interpretative skills. Students develop further skills in legal research, statutory interpretation and in written and oral communication as relevant to the study and practice of law.
Availability2019 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 2 - 2019
This course replaces the following course(s): LAWS1001B. Students who have successfully completed LAWS1001B are not eligible to enrol in LAWS1011.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Use legal language and terminology, including citations accurately.
2. Read and analyse case law effectively.
3. Identify legal principles and apply these to diverse scenarios.
4. Structure and present a coherent and persuasive argument with confidence using legal data (orally and in writing).
5. Write coherently using legal data for different audiences (academic and non-academic).
6. Analyse statutes and regulations effectively.
7. Observe and interpret court etiquette.
8. Employ a range of self-management and well-being techniques.
9. Orally present and defend arguments in interactive dialogue with the teacher and peers in a style consistent with professional client consultations and court appearances.
Legal System and Method II is designed to, and has the objective of, establishing a basis and foundation for all other law courses. The 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. The eight parts of the course are:
A. Legal System components
- Overview of the Australian Legal System
- Common law
- Statutory Interpretation
- The Australian Constitutional Framework
- Legal Institutions and their Regulation
B. Legal Method components
- Written communication
- Oral communication
- Self-management and ethics
Students must have successfully completed LAWS1010 and be active in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs to enrol in this course.
Written Assignment: Research Paper
Written Assignment: Take Home Paper: Constitutional Law
Formal Examination: Open book Examination: Legal system - Problem Solving in Statutory Interpretation
Participation: Attendance at Seminars and Workshops *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Attendance at all classes (seminars and workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator; In order to satisfy the “Attendance” requirement, students must be present at a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy; Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course.
Newcastle City Precinct
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term