LLM533 Fundamentals of Australia's Common Law System

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Updated: 16 March 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule a or b - non-Australian); or candidature in LLM from 2015 (rule c)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LAW100 or LLM633 or LS100
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s)
Unit Description

In this unit students are introduced to the key features of Australia's legal system. It will examine Australia's legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, federalism, the Australian legal profession and selected principles of Australian public, private and procedural law. Students will also practise basic legal skills in reading case law, interpreting statutes, answering legal problems and researching and citing the law.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

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 a paper-based exam. Therefore, if you choose to purchase this text as an e-book, you will not be permitted to use it in a paper-based open book exam. If the unit has an online supervised exam and you choose to sit the open book exam online (go to Online Supervised Exams for more information) you will be permitted to refer to the e-text during the online supervised exam, only if they are on the desktop/laptop computer.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 2, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Concise Australian Legal Dictionary

ISBN: 9780409338447
Finkelstein, R. and Hamer, D., LexisNexis Butterworths 5th ed. 2014

Note: Electronic devices are not permitted in a paper-based exam. Therefore, if you choose to purchase this text as an e-book, you will not be permitted to use it in a paper-based open book exam. If the unit has an online supervised exam and you choose to sit the open book exam online (go to Online Supervised Exams for more information) you will be permitted to refer to the e-text during the online supervised exam, only if they are on the desktop/laptop computer.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 2, On Campus and Online

Principles and Practice of Australian Law

ISBN: 9780455243702
Greaney, J., Thomson Reuters 4th ed. 2020

Note: Electronic devices are not permitted in a paper-based exam. Therefore, if you choose to purchase this text as an e-book, you will not be permitted to use it in a paper-based open book exam. If the unit has an online supervised exam and you choose to sit the open book exam online (go to Online Supervised Exams for more information) you will be permitted to refer to the e-text during the online supervised exam, only if they are on the desktop/laptop computer.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 2, On Campus and Online

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

Case brief, legislative summary and statutory interpretation

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Research paper 60% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad, coherent and thorough understanding of the nature and scope of Australia's legal and political institutions; and the sources of law; and the relationship between case law and statute law;
  2. use autonomy to demonstrate a well-developed ability to read and analyse cases, understand the process by which case law evolves; and be able to evaluate and prioritise their relevance to a hypothetical situation;
  3. use initiative and judgement to critically analyse, synthesise, and consolidate a persuasive and coherent legal argument that applies the principles of statutory interpretation and that communicates the role of the judiciary in interpreting legislation; and
  4. demonstrate an ability to access both domestic and international databases, employing the skills of legal research techniques to critically analyse and evaluate information, and coherently communicate independent exposition of complex legal issues and situations.