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Legal Writing for Lawyers (LLB120)

School School of Law
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit will develop the legal research and writing skills necessary for success in the study of law and in producing legally-based research in your future career. It considers the principles of clear writing (or 'plain English') in various kinds of legal writing. It will introduce students to fundamental legal research skills (particularly in the use of secondary legal materials), and ethical aspects of legal scholarship.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to do the following:
Clear writing:
1. Express yourself in written and oral sentences which are clear, concise, and grammatical;
2. Properly plan and structure written assessment tasks to show coherent and legal logic, recognise and use topic sentences and linking sentences;
3. Format documents (using fonts, margins, headings etc) in a way which makes them easier for readers to comprehend;
4. Utilise appropriate clear and plain English writing techniques;
Secondary sources for law:
5. Locate the primary and secondary material relevant to legal research projects utilising hard and electronic formats;
6. Work together in teams and small groups; understand how to recognise, respond to and resolve conflict;
Criminal Law:
7 Understand the basic framework of criminal law, consent and defences; and
8. Recognise the importance of developing and communicating your own personal understanding of legal material in assignments and exams;
9. Appreciate the ethical behaviours expected of you and the contribution they make to an optimal learning environment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week, Tutorials: 1 hour, timetabled weekly but each student attend fortnightly
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines lectures and tutorials with self-directed online learning modules (the 'self-instruction'). The self-instruction focusses on material which is not well suited to face-to-face delivery. The unit is supported by an active online discussion forum.
Other Learning Experiences Online self-instruction: 1 hour per week.
Assessment An online test, research and writing exercises, and an exam
Prerequisites Enrolment in LLB AND successful completion of LEG150 (prior to 2012) or LAW150 Australian Legal System or BJU100 Australian Legal System, OR concurrent enrolment in BJU100 Australian Legal System.
Exclusions Students who have successfully complete LAW120 Research and Writing/LAW120 Legal Writing for Lawyers may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: LAW120
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus) [New in 2014]
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (BCommun)+(LLB)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (BCrim)+(LLB) [New in 2018]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + International Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BIB)
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Holly Cullen
P/T Teaching Casual

e: hacullen@hotmail.com
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Kate Lewins

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2972
e: k.lewins@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.026 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Ms Holly Cullen
P/T Teaching Casual

e: hacullen@hotmail.com
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