Courses & Units

Legal Reasoning and Technological Change LAW108


Strong legal reasoning skills are critical to student learning and performance while at law school and eventually to the quality of your legal practice. More broadly, many employers beyond the legal profession consider the ability to solve problems by identifying issues, developing arguments and expressing reasoning processes and decisions in a clear and cogent manner to be a highly desirable attribute. The unit is designed with one ultimate aim in mind: to equip students with the analytical legal reasoning skills and knowledge needed to perform well across the remainder of their legal studies. Having successfully completed this unit, you should feel confident in your ability to find, read, analyse and make strategic arguments with case law and legislation. You should also understand how technology is providing lawyers (including judges) with new ways to carry out legal analysis and make decisions pursuant to law and how these changes challenge traditional conceptions and approaches to law and legal rasoning. These changes raise new and fascinating legal and ethical challenges which are explained throughout this unit, with references to recent case studies. The Legal Reasoning unit reflects the diversity of the institutions and laws within Australia's legal system, adopting design principles and learning from Australia, England and America and the case studies used are drawn from a range of common law countries.


Unit name Legal Reasoning and Technological Change
Unit code LAW108
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Doctor Yvette Maker
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and make cogent arguments in writing with statute and common law
  • Provide written advice in response to legal problems
  • Comprehend and critically consider a range of legal reasoning techniques and the role of new technologies in legal decision making

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 2 hours weekly face-to-face (with online access for Northern and online students)

Tutorial: 2 hours fortnightly (Sandy Bay, Launceston, Burnie and online)


AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Quizzes (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Exam (40%)|Assessment Task 3: Assignment (50%)
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