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LAWS6252: Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System

2024 unit information

This is a compulsory unit for all postgraduate students who do not hold a law degree or equivalent from a common law jurisdiction entering the: Master of Administrative Law and Policy; Master of Business Law; Master of Environmental Law; Master of Environmental Science and Law; Master of Health Law; Master of Labour Law and Relations as well as Graduate Diplomas offered in these programs. The unit has been designed to equip students with the necessary legal skills and legal knowledge to competently apply themselves in their chosen area of law. Instruction will cover the legislative process; the judiciary and specialist tribunals; precedent; court hierarchies; legal reasoning; constitutional law; administrative law; contracts; and torts. Some elements of the unit will be tailored in accordance with the requirements of the particular specialist programs. Students must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in this unit prior to commencing other law units of study. Law graduates from a non-common law jurisdiction are strongly recommended to undertake this unit. This unit is not available to students who have acquired a law degree from Australia or another common law jurisdiction. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/4533/pages/postgraduate-lecture-timetable, unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units and academic staff profile https://www.sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people/academic-staff.html

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Law

Code LAWS6252
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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LAWS6881
Assumed knowledge:
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None

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

  • LO1. analyse the sources and hierarchies of Australian law, the fundamental principles underpinning the Australian legal system, and the government institutions responsible for making and enforcing laws, and for adjudicating legal disputes.
  • LO2. apply methods and principles of statutory interpretation to resolve legislative ambiguities and identify legislative intent.
  • LO3. construct persuasive written legal arguments, employing evidence, legal principles, and multiple perspectives, and communicate these arguments to diverse audiences.
  • LO4. use legal research skills to identify, locate, and evaluate primary and secondary sources, and use those sources to provide appropriate support for answers to essay questions and legal problem questions.
  • LO5. identify and implement the conventions of legal writing via the creation of essays, case summaries, and responses to legal problem questions, employing appropriate citation practices and the principles of academic integrity.

Unit availability

This section lists the session, attendance modes and locations the unit is available in. There is a unit outline for each of the unit availabilities, which gives you information about the unit including assessment details and a schedule of weekly activities.

The outline is published 2 weeks before the first day of teaching. You can look at previous outlines for a guide to the details of a unit.

Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive April 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1a 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive September 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2a 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive April 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive March 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive August 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive September 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session 1 Early Census 2021
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive April 2021
Block mode Remote
Session 2 Early Census 2021
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive September 2021
Block mode Remote
Intensive April 2022
Block mode Remote
Semester 1a 2022
Block mode Remote
Intensive September 2022
Block mode Remote
Semester 2a 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive April 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1a 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive September 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2a 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2b 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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