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Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Legal Reasoning and Technological Change
Unit code LAW108
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Susan Bartie

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

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



Mutual Exclusions

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly lecture (2.5 hours)
Fortnightly workshop (2 hours)


Task 1: Lecture Preparation, 5 multiple choice questions within 5 quizzes available throughout the semester (10%)

Task 2: Take home exam, 1600 words (40%)

Task 3: Case Analysis and Making Arguments, 2000 words (50%)

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