Unit description

Provides the student with an understanding of the litigation process, with the emphasis on the institution and carriage of proceedings in the most important jurisdictions. Emphasis will be placed on preparation and drafting of statements of claim, defences and all the other technical documentation required to commence and/or defend a matter in the various courts.

Unit content

Topic 1 Basic tools in litigation practice
Topic 2 Communication and dealing with clients
Topic 3 Choice of jurisdiction
Topic 4 Debt collection
Topic 5 Third party matters; personal injury and property damage
Topic 6 The pleadings
Topic 7 Briefing counsel
Topic 8 Request for particulars and replies
Topic 9 Pre-trial procedure and settlement
Topic 10 Bankruptcy
Topic 11 Criminal hearings
Topic 12 Alternative dispute resolution

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

  • Previously no text has been prescribed in this unit, but this text provides a useful introduction to litigation practice: Bamford, D & Rankin, M, 2014, Principles of Civil Litigation, 2nd edn, Thomson Reuters Lawbook Co., Sydney. ISBN: 978045530672.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Assessment
Case study50%
Case study50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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