Legal System and Method

10 Units

Legal System and Method is the foundational course in the Juris Doctor, which introduces students to the core intellectual and analytical skills in the discipline of law. In addition, the course begins the process of professional education through the study of professional written communication skills, advocacy and professional self-management skills.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the sources of law and elements of the Australian legal system.
  2. Critically evaluate the area of common law and statutory interpretation
  3. Apply legal knowledge in varying contexts to analyse and resolve legal problems.
  4. Apply specialized technical skills in professional legal writing, appellate advocacy in the context of mooting
  5. Demonstrate integrated ethical consciousness in professional legal contexts and adaptability associated with developing capacity for self-management in academic and professional contexts.

The topics in this course include:

  1. The Australian Legal System
  2. The Common Law
  3. Statutory Interpretation
  4. Written Communication for the Legal Professionals
  5. Introduction to Appellate Advocacy
  6. Self-management and ethics for Legal Professional
Replacing Course(s) na
Transition na
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Open Book -
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Simulated Client File
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Professional Portfolio
  • Presentations - Class - Moot
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor or Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS60011

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