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Foundations of Law

Undergraduate | USA-LAWS1023 | 2024

Learn how courts work. Study the differences between courts, tribunals and commissions. Discover the differences in state, territory and Commonwealth courts. Examine cases and questions of law.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
No ATAR needed,
No prior study
10 weeks

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Foundations of Law

About this subject

  • By the end of this 10-week course, you’ll be able to:

    1. Discuss the reception and development of the Australian common law system, and the impact of comparative and international law upon our law.
    2. Explain the constitutional basis of the Federal/State judicial systems, and of the importance of the rule of law, particularly in respect of judicial independence and accountability; and the role of the lawyer within this system.
    3. Interpret case law analysis and legal reasoning, with consideration of the legal, moral and ethical dimensions of judicial decision making.
    4. Discuss case, statute and public international law research, and research into secondary sources of the law, in order to critically analyse the law for the purpose of legal problem solving.
    5. Explain the requirements and practice of correct legal citation.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
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