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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Leighton Morris


This unit is only available to international students.

This unit is designed to assist lawyers from non-common law and non-english speaking backgrounds to develop their basic legal research and communications skills within the Australian legal environment. By means of seminars, practical workshops and individual instruction sessions, students will be guided in the development of basic legal research skills, critical reading skills and core legal communication skills, including the skills of oral presentation and legal writing.


On completing this unit a student should have:

  1. a familiarity with the basic sources of law in common law jurisdictions and the methods used to locate those sources
  2. the ability to independently research legal topics for the purposes of selecting, developing and writing a legal exposition and/or critique
  3. the ability to interpret and use legal references, including those found in reading guides, footnotes, bibliographies etc
  4. improved clear and critical thinking skills
  5. improved law related english-language skills pertaining to listening, reading, discussion, note-taking and the delivery of structured oral presentations
  6. an ability to observe the main conventions of english expression, including those most relevant to regular legal discourse
  7. improved legal writing skills, particularly in the areas of structure, expression and style
  8. a familiarity with the use of word-processors as an aid in the development of legal writing skills.


Two one-hour class tests (1,100 words each): 15% each
Assignment(s) (4,500 words): 60%
Short presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Leighton Morris

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)