Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions

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

  • 22–23 February 2020 Subject already taught
  • 14–15 March 2020 Subject already taught
  • 18–19 July 2020: Subject to be delivered online
    • Exam: 21–24 August 2020


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

100% attendance is a hurdle requirement.


$700 (includes GST)