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.

This subject is not available for academic credit in the Melbourne Law Masters program.

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)

All 2021 teaching periods have concluded, and applications are no longer considered.

The 2022 teaching dates are yet to be finalised, and will be released in November 2021.

Assessment

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

The February and March offerings' examination will be released Friday 23 April and due Monday 26 April. The July offering's examination will be released Friday 20 August and due Monday 23 August.

Tuition Fee

$700 (including GST)

Australia Awards students are not required to make payment.

How to apply

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.

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.

Strict quotas apply to all availabilities of Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions, and waitlists are not maintained.

Applications will be assessed on a first-in basis with priority given to students admitted to a Melbourne Law School Graduate Diploma or Masters course.

Students wishing to express interest in completing Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions in 2022 are encouraged to email the Academic Support Office at law-masters@unimelb.edu.au. Students will be notified via email once applications re-open, typically around November.