Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

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.


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. Statutory Interpretation
  2. The Australian Constitutional Framework

B. Legal Method components

  1. Written communication
  2. Oral communication
  3. Advocacy
  4. 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.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Presentation: Moot Oral Submissions

In Term Test: In Class Quiz - statutory interpretation

Written Assignment: Reflection on Legal Clinic Attendance/Witness Role Play and Observation

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

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.