Legal System and Method II

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 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. An advanced and integrated understanding of the sources of law and elements of the Australian legal system.
  2. Specialized skills in common law problem solving and statutory interpretation.
  3. Advanced capacities in the application of legal knowledge, in varying contexts, to analyse and resolve legal problems.
  4. Specialized technical skills in professional legal writing, appellate advocacy in the context of mooting
  5. 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
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Portfolio: Professional Portfolio
  • Role Play: Simulated Client File
  • Formal Examination: Open Book Exam
  • In Term Test: Referencing Exam (including case analysis)
  • In Term Test: Legal Research Quiz
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for LAWS6001
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