LAWS6000

Legal System and Method I

10 Units

Legal System and Method I is the first foundational course in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. It 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. It also orients students to the core subjects they study in the first year of their degree and to the University Legal Centre, where, in later years they will undertake studies relevant to the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Winter - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the sources of law and elements of the Australian legal system.
  2. Demonstrate critical skills in case reading and analysis and statutory interpretation.
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to locate primary and secondary sources of law accurately and efficiently.
  4. Demonstrate a developing capacity for critical self-reflection, goal-setting and techniques in professional self-management .
  5. Demonstrate advanced skills in core academic literacies (ie academic writing, research skills, and oral communication).
  6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of legal ethics and regulation of the legal profession
  7. Orally present and defend arguments in interactive dialogue with the teacher and peers in a style consistent with professional client consultations, mediation, negotiation and court appearances.
Content

 

  1. Sources of law and elements of the Australian legal system.
  2. Case reading and analysis.
  3. Legal problem solving.
  4. Professional legal writing.
  5. Core academic literacies (ie academic writing, research skills, and oral communication)
  6. Legal Research
  7. Legal Ethics and Regualtion of the Legal Profession.
Requisites
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (12334) or Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) (12368) or Bachelor Education (Secondary) (40107) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours) (40108) programs.
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Formative and online quizzes in legal referencing and legal research. *
  • Written Assignment: Reflective learning journal and portfolio *
  • Presentation: Oral in class presentation on historical and contextual dimensions of the Australian legal system *
  • Formal Examination: Final take home examination *
  • Participation: Attendance at all Seminars and Workshops *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term
This course will be offered in intensive mode and will require students to do additional blended learning activities and independent study.

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. (Attendance at all classes (seminars and workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator; In order to satisfy the “Attendance” requirement, students must be present at a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy; Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course.) 2. Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. (It is a course requirement for LAWS6000 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course) 3. Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. (It is a course requirement for LAWS6000 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course) 4. Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. (It is a course requirement for LAWS6000 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course) 5. Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. (It is a course requirement for LAWS6000 that students ATTEMPT all items of assessment in order to achieve a passing grade in the course)
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6000
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