Subject details

  • Topics
    • Key institutions and sources of law in Australia
    • Understanding an Act of Parliament
    • Statutory interpretation and the Courts
    • Legal research for the non-lawyer
    • Legal analysis and problem solving
    • Ethical and professional conduct
    • Fundamentals of legal writing
    • Fundamentals of negotiation
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understand and identify the major institutions and sources of law in Australia
  2. understand the processes by which an Act of Parliament is made
  3. locate and identify the parts of relevant legislation
  4. understand the role of the courts in interpreting legislation
  5. understand and apply various methods of statutory interpretation
  6. research relevant case law, legislation, journal articles and other legal materials
  7. understand and apply various problem-solving strategies to legal problems
  8. understand how to recognise and resolve ethical problems, particularly in the work environment
  9. understand and apply the principles of plain English in writing letters and other forms of written communication
  10. understand and apply the basic principles of negotiation.
  • Assignment 1 - Statutory interpretation task (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Legal research task (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Work problem analysis (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-LAW7300

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to a range of introductory legal issues concerning the sources, institutions and underpinnings of the Australian legal system. Basic legal and quasi-legal skills applicable to the students' work environment are also covered. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of basic legal issues through: the practical application of statutory interpretation; role of courts in reading and applying legislation; and use of precedents. Other topics/skills covered include: legal research for the non-lawyer; legal analysis and problem solving; ethical and professional conduct when dealing with clients; fundamentals of legal writing; advising your client and third parties and negotiation and mediation fundamentals.

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