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LAW4177 - Introduction to family law 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Adiva Sifris


Clayton Summer semester A 2007 (Day)


This unit gives students an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts in Family Law. Topics include:


On completion of the unit students will have:

  1. acquired an understanding of the fundamental concepts of family law;
  2. a general grasp of the historical evolution of family law and of what is meant by the family;
  3. some familiarity with the challanges facing the family lawyer in practice;
  4. the ability to analyse a basic property dispute between parties to a marriage or parties in a domestic relationship including issues of maintenance and support;
  5. developed an understanding of the statutory principles arising in the context of children and the way in which these laws operate in practice;
  6. further developed skills in case law analysis, research and statutory interpretation.


Examination (2 hours writing time plus 10 minutes reading time): 100% OR Examination (1 hour writing time plus 10 minutes reading time): 50% plus participation in a placement program (25%) with a written research assignment (25%) (2000 words): 50%

Contact hours

Taught intensively over 2 weeks of lectures for 3.5 hours a day, with examination in the following week.


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW3300 or LAW3301 and LAW3302


LAW4162; LAW4163