LAW100 Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods

Updated: 11 August 2017
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LS100

Legal Studies unit available to all students, subject to degree rules

Combined Units None
Unit Description

This unit serves as an introduction to law studies. Its objective is to start students on the path to achieving an understanding of how the legal system operates, the ways in which the law is made and the role of the law in society.

Prescribed Material

Shrink Wrapped Package(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.


ISBN: 9780000939876
LexisNexis Butterworths 2014

Note: Package includes: Cook, C. and others, "Laying Down the Law", 9th ed. (ISBN: 9780409336221) and Nygh, P.E. and Butt, P. (eds), "Lexis Nexis Concise Australian Legal Dictionary", 5th ed. (ISBN: 9780409338447). Electronic devices are not permitted in an examination room. Therefore, if you choose to purchase this text as an e-book, you will not be permitted to use it in an open book exam. However, also note that the examination in this unit is a closed book exam, that is no notes or books may be taken into the examination.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Written Assessment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. interpret the principal sources of law, including statutory law and judge-made law, customary law, how the doctrine of precedent operates and the principles of statutory interpretation;
  2. apply the basic methods of legal analysis; to analyse critically legal problems, including applying relevant case law and legislation to differing contexts and a particular sets of facts;
  3. demonstrate initiative and autonomy in legal research by locating primary and secondary legal resource material;
  4. plan, organise and communicate legal advice in writing; and
  5. demonstrate an informed understanding of the Australian constitutional framework and legal system.