Available in 2018
Course code

LAWS6001

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

Legal System and Method is the foundational course in the Juris Doctor, which introduces students to the core intellectual and analytical skills in the discipline of law. In addition, the course begins the process of professional education through the study of professional written communication skills, advocacy and professional self-management skills.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. An advanced and integrated understanding of the sources of law and the Australian Constitutional framework.

2. Specialized skills in common law problem solving and statutory interpretation.

3. Advanced capacities in the application of legal knowledge, in varying contexts, to analyse and resolve legal problems.

4. Specialized technical skills in professional legal writing, appellate advocacy in the context of mooting

5. Integrated ethical consciousness in professional legal contexts and adaptability associated with developing capacity for self-management in academic and professional contexts.

6. Orally present and defend arguments in interactive dialogue with the teacher and peers in a style consistent with professional client consultations, mediation, negotiation and court appearances.


Content

The topics in this course include:

  1. Australian Constitutional Framework
  2. The Common Law
  3. Statutory Interpretation
  4. Written Communication for the Legal Professionals
  5. Introduction to Appellate Advocacy
  6. Self-management for Legal Professional

Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (12334) or Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) (12368) or Bachelor Education (Secondary) (40107) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours) (40108) programs.


Assumed knowledge

Nil


Assessment items

Portfolio: Reflective Journal *

Written Assignment: Written Submission for Moot *

Formal Examination: Open Book Exam *

Presentation: Oral Presentation - Appellate Advocacy *

In Term Test: Legal Research Quiz *

Presentation: Attendance at seminars and workshops *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Presentation: 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.
  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - It is a course requirement for LAWS6001 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.
  • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - It is a course requirement for LAWS6001 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.
  • Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - It is a course requirement for LAWS6001 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - It is a course requirement for LAWS6001 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.
  • Portfolio: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - It is a course requirement for LAWS6001 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

Weeks 2,4 & 7 only 1 hour per week

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term