Courses & Units

Legal Reasoning LAW255

Hobart

Note:

Compulsory core unit for students in new Law degrees, which were introduced in 2013, with course codes: 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N, 63O and 63P. Also degrees commencing 2014 63Q and 63R.

Introduction

This unit introduces students to the reasoning techniques used by judges and lawyers to deal with problems governed by statute and common law, taught how to replicate some of these techniques to solve legal problems and encouraged to consider why some modes of legal reasoning are preferred to others. Students are also introduced to some of the leading theoretical debates that have emerged concerning how judges reason and the role of morality in reasoning. Particular emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for students to master the concepts underpinning legal reasoning and express cogent legal reasoning in writing. It also seeks to embed essential personal skills in time management, reflection and the capacity to work independently.

Summary

Unit name Legal Reasoning
Unit code LAW255
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

Susan Bartie

Teaching staff

Susan Bartie

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
Note

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* 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 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $1,561.00 090900

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.

Requisites

LAW121 AND LAW122 AND 75 credit points in introductory units, or a bachelor degree or equivalent.

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

3 x 1 hour lectures per week, 1 x 1 hour 40 minute workshop per fortnight

Assessment

Library Skills Assignment (10%); Case Analysis Assignment (40%); Exam (50%)

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Textbooks

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