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LAW7405 - Criminal law practice

3 points, SCA Band 3, 0.063 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Associate Professor Gaye Lansdell


City Term 2 2007 (On-campus)
City Term 3 2007 (On-campus)
City Trimester 1 2007 (Online)


This subject deals with the conduct of criminal proceedings, particulary in the Magistrates Court as the court, and with the roles of prosecution and defence. While concerned generally with the broad competencies listed above, this subject will focus on legal research and analysis, awareness and use of learning strategies, oral and written communication, negotiation and advocacy. The subject will explore recognition and resolution of ethical conflicts, and awareness of personal values.


At the successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legislation and common law;
  2. prepare basic Criminal Law applications including please of guilty and bail applications;
  3. identify the underlying concepts and issues involved in criminal law practice


Online course (Codes 3389 & 3390): 1. court visit and report:10%. 2. Letter of Advice 205. 3. Preparation of Interview checklist: 20%. 4. Preparation of notes for plea of guilty: 10%. 5. Preparation of advice: 20% 6. Letter of advice:10%.7. Case studies:10%. On campus course (Code 2772): 1. In-course assessable task (completion of letter of advice): 50% 2. Final week oral assessment - advocacy related criminal law matter: 50%

Contact hours

Intensive- 27 hours per week for 3 weeks