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MLL110 - Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation


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: Mark Bowler-Smith
Trimester 2: Daniel Goldsworthy
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 plus 1 x 2 hour large group interactive learning experience (Weeks 4 and 5)

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Cloud Provided Learning Material (1.5 hours) plus 2 hour Cloud seminar (live streamed and recording provided) per week plus 1 x 2 hour large group interactive learning experience (live streamed and recordings provided) (Weeks 4 and 5)


It is highly recommended that LLB students study this unit in their first trimester.


MLL110 aims to equip students with legal knowledge and skills which will form the foundation of their legal education. Topics include: legal research skills, legal reasoning, the common law, legislation, statutory interpretation and the evolution of the Australian legal system.


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply relevant reasoning and interpretation methodologies to analyse cases and legislation.

GLO5: Problem solving


Apply constructive approaches to collaboration including an ability to negotiate and work effectively through team disputes and problems with team dynamics.

GLO7: Teamwork


Apply appropriate research strategies for locating the relevant law on legal issues.

GLO3: Digital Literacy


Construct a written response to a legal problem by researching and analysing relevant factual, legal and policy issue.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Develop written work that adheres to the principles of scholarship set out in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


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 1000 words 20% Week 4

Assessment 2 (Individual)

  • Cloud (online) Legal Research test
  • citation exercise

30% total:

Research test- 20%

Citation exercise - 10%

Week 7

Assessment 3 (Group of 4-5) - Statutory Interpretation Exercise 

  • Team exercise; and
  • individual preparation of learning contract and student reflection

3000 words total:

Team exercise - 2000 words

Individual student reflection: 1000 words

50% total:

Team exercise - 30%

Individual student reflection- 20%

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: MLL110 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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