Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions

Note: There are required readings for this subject and you will be notified when these are available for collection. Please allow enough time to collect and read these materials prior to classes commencing.

About the Subject

This introductory subject is compulsory for graduate diploma students with no previous training in law. It is highly recommended for international students who do not have a degree from a common law jurisdiction. Students are advised to attend Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions prior to undertaking any other subject.

The subject may also be available to other students. Students who are not enrolled in a graduate diploma or masters must submit a copy of their academic transcripts and curriculum vitae. Students must have completed prior tertiary studies, and work experience will also be taken into account. Places are limited and priority will be given to students enrolled in a Melbourne Law graduate diploma or masters.


Principal topics include:

  • Key conceptual features of common law thought in the Australian legal system
  • Institutional arrangements of the common law system in Australia
  • The sources of law in the Australian legal system
  • The key techniques of interpretation and argumentation used in common law jurisprudence
  • Common law legal doctrine in problem-solving.


Mr Matthew Bell

Teaching period

  • February 22–23 2020 Subject is full
  • March 14–15 2020
    • Exam: April 17–20 2020
  • July 18–19 2020
    • Exam: 21–24 August 2020


Take-home examination (2,000 words) (100%)

100% attendance is a hurdle requirement.


$700 (includes GST)