Courses & Units

Introduction to Law LAW121

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Please note that the Teaching Pattern varies between Hobart and Launceston and the Cradle Coast.  Please see the Teaching Section Below for details.

The Teaching Dates for the Intensive Session June Availability are Tuesday 26 June until Thursday 12 July 2018, classes will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am until 2:00pm.


  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 critically and logically.


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

Dr Kerryn Brent

Dr Kate Cashman (Intensive Sessions)

Teaching staff

Dr Kerryn Brent

Dr Kate Cashman (Intensive Sessions)

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

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
5 Week Session Nov 2/11/2020 9/11/2020 20/11/2020 6/12/2020
Intensive Session Jun 22/6/2020 26/6/2020 3/7/2020 12/7/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $1,671.00 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:

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

Launceston and Cradle Coast: Three Weeks of 2 x 50 minutes lectures delivered On Campus spaced through out the Semester.  10 Weeks of 2 x 50 minutes lectures recorded lectures view able online. 1 x 50 minute On Campus tutorial per week. 1 x 50 minute video/online discussion forum with the Unit Coordinator.

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 as optional for students. Off Campus: will be taught intensively during June, via the UTAS online learning environment. Recorded lectures will be available, as well as completion of online tutorial information and and workbook.

5 Week Session Nov: will be taught intensively during November, via the UTAS online learning environment. Recorded lectures will be available, as well as completion of online tutorial information and and workbook.


Semester 1: 3 x 30 minute online quizzes (15%), 1 x 1500 word legal essay (30%), 1 x take home exam (40%), Tutorial attendance and participation mark (15%).

Intensive Session June: 1 x 1000 word legal essay (30%),  3 x 30 minute online quizzes (15%) ; class attendance and participation (15%); and 1 x take-home exam (40%).

5 Week Session Nov: 1 x 1000 word legal essay (30%), tutorial workbook submission (15%); 3 x 30 minute online quizzes (15%) and 1 x take-home exam (40%).

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