Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
Build your understanding of the Australian legal system. Study the constitutional framework, legislation and case-law (sources of law), statutory interpretation, institutions and processes, legal theory, research and analysis, and the law in practice
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On successful completion of this degree you will be able to:
- 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
- critically evaluate aspects of the Australian legal system and identify areas of law reform
- analyse and research problems relating to the doctrine of precedent and rules of statutory interpretation and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
- demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in approaching foundational legal issues and legal rules, and generate appropriate responses
- 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
- demonstrate self-management skills in a professional context.
- 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
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
This subject introduces you to the Australian legal system and a number of foundational legal skills. You will acquire knowledge and skills in the historical, doctrinal and philosophical perspectives that have influenced the development of law. You will critically compare and assess key theoretical positions that provide critique and commentary on the role and practice of law and the justice system. This course will primarily explore the Constitutional framework, legislation and case law, legal institutions and processes, legal theory, legal research, legal analysis and 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. If you are studying fully online, please be aware that the first assessment will be set in the first week of the semester.
- Assessment Task 1 (20%)
- Assessment Task 2 (30%)
- Final Examination (50%)
Current study term: 18 Jul 21 to 24 Oct 21
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