Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions

About the Subject

This introductory subject is open to both Melbourne Law School and external applicants.

Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions is compulsory for all Melbourne Law School Graduate Diploma students with no previous training in law (excluding the Tax and International Tax specialisations), and all Australia Awards students admitted to Melbourne Law School. It is also highly recommended for international students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction.

Students are advised to undertake Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions prior to undertaking any other subject.

Note: Applicants, excluding Australia Awards students, who have already completed Fundamentals of the Common Law (LAWS70217), do not need to enrol in Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions.

External applicants must provide a copy of their academic transcripts and curriculum vitae upon application. Applicants 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 admitted to a Melbourne Law School Graduate Diploma or Masters course.

Syllabus

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.

Teacher

Dr Matthew Bell

Teaching period(s)

Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions has concluded teaching for 2020.

Melbourne Law School accepts expressions of interest for 2021 intakes:

Express Interest in 2021 intakes

Assessment

  • Take-home examination (2,000 words) (100%)
  • 100% attendance is a hurdle requirement.

Tuition Fee

$700 (includes GST)

Australia Awards students are not required to make payment.