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LAWS3519: The Criminal Trial

2023 unit information

This experiential unit examines history, theories and rationales relating the criminal trial as a feature of law and society. This academic inquiry is complemented by a study of the practicalities of a criminal trial, leading to students' preparing and running a simulated criminal trial in partnership with NSW Police, criminal lawyers, and psychology students. The unit addresses all of the Law School's LLB and JD Course Learning Outcomes, and the University's Graduate Qualities, in particular: depth of disciplinary expertise, critical thinking and problem solving, and oral and written communication. Participation in this unit is limited to 16 students and is subject to an application process.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS3519
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
LAWS1014 and LAWS1016
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an appreciation of history, theories and rationales relating to the criminal trial as a feature of law and society
  • LO2. demonstrate an ability to analyse criminal law, criminal and court practice and procedure, and evidence, from a range of critical perspectives
  • LO3. demonstrate an enhanced ability to identify and respond to legal ethical issues
  • LO4. demonstrate a basic understanding of case preparation and court advocacy skills
  • LO5. exhibit better developed skills in communication and collaboration
  • LO6. demonstrate an improved capacity for reflective practice, and
  • LO7. articulate new personal insights into personal and professional direction and development.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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