|Semester 1, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Legal Writing and Research|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Law and Justice|
|Student contribution band :||Band 4|
|ASCED code :||090999 - Law not elsewhere classified|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Sarah Butcher
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU or BSED
Enrolment is not permitted in LAW1112 if LAW1201 has been previously completed
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.
This course is a foundation course for the Bachelor of Laws programs. It provides students with the introductory skills necessary to then complete remaining law courses. This is a core course in the Bachelor of Laws programs.
This course provides students with an introduction to the key skills necessary to undertake their substantive law courses, including legal citation, legal research, problem-solving, legal writing, analysis, synthesis, reflection and evaluation. Students will continue to build and develop these skills as they progress through other core courses in the Law program.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- Demonstrate [explain and apply] an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge relevant to: legal systems and the role of lawyers; language history, including academic and professional legal writing conventions; and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise [in this area] (PO1/TLO1).
- identify and articulate legal issues [relating to legal systems and, the role of lawyers; apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues; engage in analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives (PO3/TLO3).
- Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research in an ethical manner, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues (PO4/TLO4).
- Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences (PO5/TLO5).
- Learn and work independently, reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development (PO6/TLO6).
|1.||Introduction to ethical legal study and law||10.00|
|2.||Writing ‘right’: grammar, plain English and academic integrity||25.00|
|3.||Introduction to legal research and secondary sources||10.00|
|4.||Case law research||20.00|
|5.||Putting it into practice: context, purpose and writing processes||15.00|
|6.||Statute law research||15.00|
|7.||Researching beyond Australia||5.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=LAW1112)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(Available as an electronic resource through USQ Library page.)
(latest edition. Available as an electronic resource through USQ Library page.)
(Available as an electronic resource through the USQ Library.)
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Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||30||30||22 Mar 2021||1,4,5||(see note 1)|
|RESEARCH ONLINE TEST||30||30||12 May 2021||3||(see note 2)|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||40||40||31 May 2021||1,2,3,4,5|
- This assignment requires one or more visits to a local Magistrates Court to observe a criminal matter being tried. Details will be available on Study Desk, including the availability of alternative assessment in limited circumstances.
- The Research Online Test will open on the date indicated above and remain open for 7 days. Details will be available on StudyDesk.
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Referencing in assignments:
Students studying this course as part of a Bachelor of Laws must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing, or contact the Law librarian.