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Undergraduate | UNE-LSU100 | 2024

Introduction to Legal Studies

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Welcome to the Australia legal system. You’ll explore who makes laws and how it’s done. Make a start on your legal research and writing skills. Gain an overview of the legal profession and think about where you might fit.

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Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
24 June 2024,
21 Oct 2024,
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Entry requirements
No ATAR needed,
No prior study
16 weeks

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Introduction to Legal Studies

About this subject

  • On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

    1. demonstrate understanding of the structure of the Australian and international legal systems, and the roles of law-making institutions such as parliaments and higher courts, and compare those roles across common law, civil law and hybrid systems;
    2. demonstrate introductory understanding of the role of the legal profession; 
    3. develop and demonstrate introductory understanding of the doctrine of precedent and the principles of statutory interpretation, and then apply that understanding to case law and legislation in the context of legal problems to demonstrate introductory level legal analysis skills;
    4. develop and demonstrate introductory level legal research skills to locate relevant primary and secondary legal sources;
    5. engage with the learning management system to develop and demonstrate legal study skills and time management skills; and 
    6. develop and demonstrate legal writing skills using appropriate professional language, a logically ordered structure and with appropriate referencing.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
  • Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. Please refer students to link for requirements:
  • Other requirements -

    Textbook requirements:
    Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
    Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
    Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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100%of students felt the study load was manageable

100%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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