Courses & Units

Legal Reasoning LAW255



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.


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.


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

Susan Bartie

Teaching staff

Susan Bartie

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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2019: $1,369.00 2019: $1,671.00 090900

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


Teaching Pattern

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


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

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