Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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

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

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2015 (Day)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7470

Quota applies

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


The unit provides students who are new to the study of Australian law with advanced knowledge and understanding of the Australian legal system, its underlying principles and concepts (including international and comparative contexts), principles of justice and approaches to ethical legal practice; and advanced practical and professional skills to undertake legal research, interpret legislation and judicial decision, analyse factual and policy issues, demonstrate professional judgment and scholarship to formulate and evaluate solutions to legal problems, collaborate and communicate effectively.


At the successful completion of this unit, students will demonstrate knowledge and skills to:

  1. design and implement an efficient research strategy which requires them to synthesise relevant legal, factual and policy issues;
  2. apply professional judgment and critical thinking skills to interpret legal conclusions and legislation, evaluate alternative constructions and justify a considered opinion;
  3. generate appropriate responses to legal problems and communicate them in a form appropriate for legal practice or scholarship; and
  4. exercise professional judgment in responding to ethical issues that arise in legal practice or the administration of justice.


1. Tutorial participation and activities: 10%
2. Research assignment (3,500 words): 50%
3. Take home examination (3,000 words): 40%
4. Attendance at two library tutorials is a hurdle requirement for sitting the examination.

Workload requirements

30 contact hours per teaching period plus 6 hours of library labs (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

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