Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is Law
    • Case Law and the Doctrine of Precedent
    • Legal Research and Legal Writing
    • The Australian Legal System
    • Statutory Interpretation
    • Human Rights/Indigenous Australians and the Law
    • The Role of the Lawyer
    • The Australian Court System and Judicial Decision Making
    • Law Exam Techniques and Revision

On successful completion of this degree you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an integrated understanding of the sources of Australian law; how laws are made, developed and applied (both common law and statute); and the ways in which institutions administer those laws
  2. critically evaluate aspects of the Australian legal system and identify areas of law reform
  3. analyse and research problems relating to the doctrine of precedent and rules of statutory interpretation and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in approaching foundational legal issues and legal rules, and generate appropriate responses
  5. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues using legislation, case law and secondary source materials
  6. demonstrate self-management skills in a professional context.
  • Assignment 1 - Statutory Interpretation Task (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Take Home Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Legal Research & Writing Task (20%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces you to the Australian legal system, and a number of foundational legal skills. At the conclusion of this subject, you will have a solid understanding of the Australian legal system. You will be able to understand the historical, doctrinal and philosophical perspectives that have influenced the development of law and critically compare and assess key theoretical positions and interdisciplinary movements that provide critique and commentary on the role and practice of law. Topics which will be covered include:

  • The Constitutional Framework
  • Sources of Law – Legislation and Case-law
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Legal Institutions and Processes
  • Legal Theory
  • Legal Research, Legal Analysis
  • Law in Practice

This subject is taught in Melbourne over 3 non-consecutive weekends. OUA students are encouraged to attend the 3 intensive weekends if possible, however it is not compulsory.

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