Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2014 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Term 3 2014 (On-campus block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit is only available to international students. It is designed to provide international students with a general understanding of the operation of the Australian legal system and common law systems more generally, including the structure and content of cases and the main principles of statutory interpretation, and with the legal research and communication skills necessary for postgraduate legal research and writing.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of, and understanding of rules of precedent and statutory interpretation to new situations in professional practice;
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex legal information, problems and concepts; and
  • conduct research and writing based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods and the requirements for legal writing.


Research methods exercise(750 words): 10%
Research assignment(s)(3375 words): 45%
Take-home examination: 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Classes commence two weeks prior to the beginning of Semester 1 and Semester 2.
24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)


LAW7212 Australian legal system