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LAWS77-101: Common Law and Legal Skills


Common Law and Legal Skills is an elective subject in the Master of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject is suitable for students legally educated in a civil law jurisdiction. Students will learn about the differences between common law legal systems and civil law legal systems, with an emphasis upon the Australian legal system. Students will also develop and aquire the practical legal skills required for success in common law jurisdictions, including legal research, legal reasoning and problem solving, written and oral communication, dispute resolution, and advocacy skills.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,250
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and critically compare the differences between common law and civil law legal systems by critically analyse the roles of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary in common law legal systems. 2. Apply theoretical knowledge of a range of legal skills to simulated exercises within the context of oral and written communication, legal research and analytics, problem-solving , advocacy and dispute resolution. 3. Demonstrate and use acquired knowledge of the common law legal system and legal skills in professional practice with a high level of autonomy and accountability.

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  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange Students.

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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