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MLL110 - Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation


2021 unit information

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: Jenni Lightowlers
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.

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 1750 words 30% Week 4

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Online legal research test

N/A 20% Week 7

Assessment 3

3a (Group of 5):  Written Assignment (Statutory Interpretation Exercise)

3b (Individual): Written Assignment (Preparation of Learning Contract and Student reflection)

3a:2500 words


3b:1000 words

3a: 40%


3b: 10%

3a: Not yet available

3b: Not yet available

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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