Unit aim

Introduces students to a law library and develops the skills necessary to locate use and apply law reports, statutes, and secondary legal sources, using both computer assisted legal research and hard copy methods. Students also examine the principles of good legal writing, including an understanding of the use and preparation of legal research material, and an introduction to drafting using 'plain' legal language to prepare legal documents.

Unit content

Part 1: Legal writing and academic skills
Topic 1 Researching and understanding Australian laws
Topic 2 Writing style: using plain language
Topic 3 Legal writing
Topic 4 Legal problem solving and law exams
Topic 5 Understanding cases
Topic 6 Understanding legislation
 
Part 2: Legal research
Topic 7 Methods of legal research
Topic 8 Computerised legal research methods
Topic 9 Secondary sources & commentary
Topic 10 Secondary sources & updating
Topic 11 Finding and noting up cases
Topic 12 Finding and updating legislation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Bott, B & Talbot-Stokes, R, 2015, Nemes & Coss’ Effective Legal Research, 6th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood NSW. ISBN: 9780409339208.
  • Corbett-Jarvis, N & Grigg, B, 2017, Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood NSW. ISBN: 9780409343205.
  • This resource can be purchased in hardcopy or downloaded from http://mulr.law.unimelb.edu.au/go/aglc where it is available in Read-Only Adobe: Melbourne University Law Review, 2010, Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd edn, MULR Association Inc, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780646527390.

Session 2

  • Bott, B & Talbot-Stokes, R, 2015, Nemes & Coss’ Effective Legal Research, 6th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood NSW. ISBN: 9780409339208.
  • Corbett-Jarvis, N & Grigg, B, 2017, Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood NSW. ISBN: 9780409343205.
  • This resource can be purchased in hardcopy of downloaded from http://mulr.law.unimelb.edu.au/go/aglc where it is available in Read-Only Adobe: Melbourne University Law Review, 2010, Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd edn, MULR Association Inc, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780646527390.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (1 week)
Lecture online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (5 weeks)
Practical session 2 hours (5 weeks)
Assessment
Online orientation10%
Legal writing portfolio40%
Research paper50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (1 week)
Lecture online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (5 weeks)
Practical session 2 hours (5 weeks)
Assessment
Online orientation10%
Legal writing portfolio40%
Research paper50%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hour (1 week)
Lecture online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Workshop on-site 6 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Online orientation10%
Legal writing portfolio40%
Research paper50%
Notice

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