The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

LAWS1011

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

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 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LAWS1001B. Students who have successfully completed LAWS1001B are not eligible to enrol in LAWS1011.


Learning outcomes

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.


Content

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

  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

Requisite

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.


Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010


Assessment items

Presentation: Moot Oral Submissions

In Term Test: In Class Quiz

Written Assignment: Reflection on Legal Clinic Attendance

Formal Examination: Open book Exam: Legal system - Problem Solving in Statutory Interpretation and Constitutional Law


Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

Seminar

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

Workshop

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