Legal Professional Skills
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- 29 Jun 2020
- 26 Oct 2020
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate legal research skills to locate relevant primary and secondary legal sources;
- evaluate alternate research strategies for identifying, understanding and utilising research results in a legal context;
- critically analyse legal research results and materials and apply them for addressing legal problems;
- plan and execute a legal research and writing project;
- understand and demonstrate the different written communications conventions that apply to writing for different contexts; and
- demonstrate plain English legal writing skills using appropriate professional language, a logically ordered structure and with appropriate referencing.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
To enrol in this subject you will need to pass UNE-LAW100 subject. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not receive a satisfactory result for UNE-LAW100.
- EquipmentDetails - 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).
- SoftwareDetails - 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. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
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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.
This subject teaches online and database research strategies for primary and secondary legal materials. Students are taught how to plan a legal writing project from research stage through to analysis of materials and written execution. It introduces students to the skill of writing persuasively, concisely and in plain English to legal audiences in a variety of contexts.
Assignment 1: 800 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LOs) 1, 2 Assignment 2: 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LOs) 3, 4, 5 Assignment 3: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LOs) 1-6
- Assignment 1 (15%%)
- Assignment 2 (35%%)
- Assignment 3 (50%%)
Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide
Corbett-Jarvis, N. and Grigg, B.
Laying down the Law
Creyke, R., Hamer, D., O'Mara, P., Smith, B. and Taylor, T.
Plain Language for Lawyers
Check the learning management system (LMS) of your university for textbook details.