LAW100 Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods

Updated: 09 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
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.

This unit has an Online Examination option. See assessment information for further details.

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


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

Laying Down the Law

ISBN: 9780409344943
Creyke, R., Hamer, D., O'Mara, P., Smith, B. and Taylor, T., LexisNexis Butterworths 10th ed. 2017

Note: 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, On Campus and Online

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%
Assessment Notes

This exam will be offered in hard copy at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Students who would like to take up the online option will need a webcam and a reliable internet connection. More information can be found on our web page at

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.