Faculty of Law

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Quota applies

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


City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester 1 2016 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Term 3 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


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 LAW7436


This unit is only available to international students. It is designed to provide international students, in particular those from civil law countries, 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 will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to the rules of precedent and statutory interpretation to new situations in professional practice with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex legal information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the operation of the Australian legal systems;
  • Conduct research into the common law systems more generally, including the structure and content of cases based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to case law, statutory interpretation, and advanced legal research.


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

Workload requirements

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

Chief examiner(s)