LL109 Half Unit
Introduction to the Legal System
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Professor Linda Mulcahy, NAB 7.15
Compulsory for first year LLB students and BA Anthropology and Law students. It is also available to General Course students and as an outside option.
The course is designed as a foundation course to familiarize law students with the basic characteristics and functioning of legal systems.
The course will include:
1.What is law and what are legal systems?
2. Where does law come from?
3. Towards Diversity? The judiciary and legal profession
4. The theory and practice of adjudication
5. The theory and practice of alternatives to court based adjudication
6. Reading Law: Statutory interpretation
7. Reading Law: Common law and judicial precedent
8. Reading Law: The Civil law tradition
9. The challenge of legal pluralism
Two lectures per week and one class per week MT.
This is a Moodle course, with the course materials, lecture outlines, class reading and suggestions for further reading set out through links to relevant sites. The main background book for the course is Carl F Stychin and Linda Mulcahy (eds), Legal Methods and Systems: Text and Materials, 4th ed (2010) Thomson (Sweet and Maxwell).
A two-hour essay-based written examination in the ST, in which students must answer two questions.