Courses & Units

Introduction to Law LAW121

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


The Teaching Dates for the Intensive Session June Availability are:

Week 1 starting June 19th 2017:

Tuesday 9-2

Wednesday 9-2

Thursday 9-11.50am

Week 2 starting Monday 26th June

Tuesday 9-2

Wednesday 9-11.00am

Thursday 9-11.00am

Week 3 starting Monday 3 July

Tuesday: 9-2

Wednesday: 9-2

Thursday: 9-2


  1. To give students a "feel" for the study of the law. This includes understanding approaches to legal problems and issues, classification of various areas of the law, skills that need to be developed to study law, the scope and dynamics of legal systems, roles and responsibilities of the legal profession.
  2. To develop, at an introductory level, the intellectual skills of fact-finding, analysis, reasoning, evaluation and communication necessary for further study in law and other disciplines at university level.
  3. To encourage students to think logically.


Unit name Introduction to Law
Unit code LAW121
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Kerryn Brent

Teaching staff

Dr Kerryn Brent

Kate Cashman (Intensive Session June Availability)

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart 5 Week Session Nov Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Intensive Session Jun On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
5 Week Session Nov 6/11/2017 13/11/2017 22/11/2017 8/12/2017
Intensive Session Jun 19/6/2017 26/6/2017 2/7/2017 12/7/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 091103

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



Teaching Pattern

Semester 1: 2 x 50 minutes lectures plus 1 x 50 minute tutorial per week.

Intensive Session June: will be taught intensively in the June-July period. Hobart: Combination of 50 minute tutorials (at least 1 per day) and small Lecture/Seminar classes, with additional court visits and writing workshops as a group outside these times. Off Campus: will be taught intensively during June, via the UTAS online learning environment. Recorded lectures will be available, as well as online interactive tutorials

5 Week Session Nov:  will be taught intensively during November, via the UTAS online learning environment. Recorded lectures will be available, as well as online interactive tutorials.


Semester 1: 1 x 500 word legal essay, 1 x 750 word legal essay, 1 x 1000 word legal essay, a Selective Reflective Journal, 1 x In-class exam.

Intensive Session June: 1 x 750 word legal essay (20%), 1 x 1000 word legal essay (30%); class attendance and participation (10%); and 1 x take-home exam (40%).

5 Week Session Nov: 1 x 1000 word legal essay (20%), 1 x 1500 word legal essay (30%); class attendance and participation (15%); and 1 x take-home exam (35%).

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