Australian Legal System is a compulsory subject in the Juris Doctor program offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject examines the nature and sources of law and the methods of the legal system. The role and function of the primary institutions of law and government are addressed. Particular attention is paid to the Australian federal structure; legislatures and the legislative process; and courts and the judicial system. The common law tradition, the doctrine of precedent, and the principles and rules of statutory interpretation are emphasised. Legal ethics and features of the modern legal profession are also introduced. The subject also covers the skills needed to conduct basic legal research.
Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have
through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge
expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against
enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the
subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.
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