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MLJ701 - Legal Method and Statutory Interpretation


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Daniel Goldsworthy
Trimester 3: Jay Gul
Trimester 2: Bruce Chen
Cohort rule:

For M729 (Juris Doctor) students only



Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2.5h class (recordings provided) + 1.5h online seminar per week


This unit aims to equip students with the knowledge and ability to critically evaluate and effectively communicate legal research, method and reasoning. Topics include: the law in practice, law and justice, legal history, the Australian legal system, legal research, statutory interpretation and legal reasoning.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the formation, structure and administration of the legal system in Australia.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Apply relevant reasoning and interpretation methodologies to analyse case law and legislation.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Undertake independent legal research, and apply appropriate research strategies, to locate relevant primary and secondary sources of law.

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Construct a written solution to a complex legal problem by analysing relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Case Analysis Exercise 2000 words 20% Week 3
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Legal Research Exercise   20% Week 7
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Statutory Interpretation Exercise, plus bibliography 5000 words

Statutory Interpretation Exercise 50%

Bibliography 10%

Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLJ701 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

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