LAWS 7056 Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 201046

Coordinator Elfriede Sangkuhl Opens in new window

Description This unit provides students with the fundamental legal skills required to succeed in the study and practice of law. Students will be introduced to the Australian legal system, legal study skills, how law is made, how cases and statute interact, the Australian court hierarchies, legal research, legal referencing, case analysis skills, statutory interpretation skills, an introduction to legal ethics and justice, and an introduction to the impact of the Australian legal system on Australian First Peoples.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Co-requisite(s) LAWS 7058

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Discuss the basis of the Australian law and legal system, including common law institutions and their roles, and the concepts of justice and ethics;
  2. Apply basic logical and legal reasoning to legal scenarios;
  3. Apply the doctrine of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation to basic legal problems;
  4. Use key legal research tools to select relevant primary and secondary legal information;
  5. Use the legal referencing method in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation;
  6. Formulate legal arguments in a written document that demonstrates an understanding of the varied functions and techniques of writing in legal practice.

Subject Content

- legal Study skills
- how Law is made
- how cases and statute interact
- court hierarchies
- legal research
- legal referencing
- case analysis skills
- statutory interpretation skills
- introduction to legal ethics and justice
- introduction to The impact of The Australian legal system on Australian first peoples


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Referencing Test 30 minutes 10 N Individual
Case Analysis 1,000 words 20 N Individual
Case Study 2,000 words 25 N Individual
Final Examination 2 hours 45 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Melbourne University Law Review Association and Melbourne Journal of International Law, Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed, 2018)
  • Michelle Sanson and Thalia Anthony, Connecting with Law (Oxford University Press, 4th ed, 2019)
  • Trischa Mann (ed), Australian Law Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2017)

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