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MLL113 - Legal Communication and Ethical Decision Making


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Kelly Green
Trimester 2: Kelly Green
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) 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 - campus:

Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) plus 2 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) plus 2 hour Cloud seminar (live streamed and recording provided) per week


For Commencing Students from Trimester 1 2019.


The unit aims to enable students to develop a number of important skills which are essential to success in both law studies and in legal practice, including: communication skills, legal analysis and problem-solving skills, legal research skills and legal referencing skills. Students will develop oral (including advocacy) skills, listening skills (e.g. the ability to deduce salient factors from provided information), written skills and an understanding of the importance of context in relation to communications.

Students will also develop the vital skill of applying the IRAC method to legal problems, further their research ability (crucial to success at law school and in practice), and practice referencing in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed).


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical obligations which apply to both law students and the legal profession generally.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Apply legal research skills to locate relevant legal principles.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Apply legal reasoning and engage in critical analysis of facts, issues and the relevant law in order to provide legal advice.

GLO5: Problem solving


Construct a written response to a legal problem using communication appropriate for the particular context and audience.

GLO2: Communication


Demonstrate an ability to use feedback as appropriate to develop legal knowledge, skills and capabilities.

GLO6: Self-management


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) – Problem Based Written Assignment 2000 words 30% Week 5
Assessment 2: (Individual) – Memorandum of Advice 1500 words 30% Week 9
Assessment 3: (Individual) – Letter of Advice to Client 2500 words 40% 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: MLL113 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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