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)


Quota applies

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


This unit gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of civil procedure as exemplified in the rules of the courts and associated case law. Systems of case management operating in State and Federal courts are examined. Students will participate in an alternative dispute resolution process to assess its effectiveness. Drawing upon the Rules of the Supreme Court of Victoria, students study the major procedural steps that are taken in the event that common law and commercial disputes become the subject of civil litigation, including jurisdiction, instituting proceedings, service and appearance, parties, pleadings, methods of gathering evidence, interlocutory proceedings, facilitating settlement, disposition without trial, trial, judgment, costs, appeal and enforcement.


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

  1. identify, articulate and apply legal principles, concepts, policies relating to the procedural sequence, steps and documentation of civil litigation;
  2. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in generating appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to complex legal problems;
  3. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal conclusions and professional decisions, as well as to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues;
  4. exercise professional judgement in recognising and responding to ethical issues and professional responsibilities that arise in the practice of litigation and dispute resolution and show an advanced and integrated understanding of approaches to professional decision making;
  5. critically evaluate different modes of dispute resolution processes and assess the conditions under which they are likely to be appropriate and effective;
  6. demonstrate the ability to think creatively and communicate effectively in professional documentary formats that are appropriate for dispute resolution practice;
  7. collaborate effectively;
  8. learn and work with a high degree of autonomy, accountability and professionalism; and
  9. reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback, to support personal and professional development.


1. ADR Exercise (40%) comprising:
reflective journal (10%); and
written exercise (30%).
2. Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time) comprising:
a policy essay question (20%); and
problem-based question (40%).

Workload requirements

Workload is 2.5 (or 3 for 2015+ cohort) hours per week x 12 weeks

Chief examiner(s)


LAW5000 or LAW5080 or LAW5081; LAW5002 AND LAW5005; LAW5003, LAW5016 and LAW5004 (for students beginning in 2015 or later)