LAW4303 - Litigation and dispute resolution - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Summer semester B 2017 (Day)


The focus of the unit is the major steps in litigation. Using the Rules of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the chronology of a civil proceeding from the decision to sue until the matter is ready for trial is examined.


Students who successfully complete the unit should:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the key principles, concepts and policies relating to the resolution of civil disputes.
  2. Show an ability to exercise professional judgment in recognising and responding appropriately to ethical issues that arise in the context of civil dispute resolution.
  3. Critically evaluate the available processes of civil dispute resolution and the steps and documentation of civil litigation.
  4. Demonstrate effective written communication skills by clear and persuasive articulation and application of procedural rules and principles and by drafting basic court documents (such as pleadings, affidavits or submissions).
  5. Demonstrate effective oral communication through class discussion and collaborative effectively on assessable tasks (for example in the activity focused on alternative dispute resolution).
  6. Utilise feedback to reflect on and assess their capabilities and performance.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and professionalism.
  8. Demonstrate cumulative knowledge and skills to propose appropriate solutions to complex legal problems.


Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 50%

Drafting test: 20%

Quiz: 10%

Alternative dispute resolution activity and reflection: 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW3111; LAW4332

LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102; LAW2200 or LAW2201 and LAW2202