MLL418 - Contemporary Legal Issues

Unit details


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 3: Marilyn McMahon
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Must have completed 8 law units

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.

In-person attendance requirements:

30 contact hours: 6 contact hours per day (2 x 1-hour classes and 2 x 2-hour seminars) from 9.00am - 4.00pm for 5 days

Trimester 3 2022 Burwood Intensive dates:

To be advised



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This unit is explicitly intended to extend skills and knowledge, developed in core subjects studied in the law curriculum, by exploring key contemporary issues in a selected area of law. This is done with a lens provided by an externally recognised expert in the field. The unit will focus on a specialist area while simultaneously investigating the wider implications for other areas. Students will analyse specific legal issues and controversies within the selected area, taking into account social attitudes, institutional practices, relevant laws and legal processes.

  • Trimester 3 2022 special topic: TBA
ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Research legal principles, statutes and legal doctrine relevant to the topic area to develop a specialised understanding GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Recommend and justify approaches that lawyers may adopt to account for the complexities that arise through changing contexts for legal application(s) GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically consider broader social, cultural and ethical context in analysing contemporary legal issues and controversies GLO8: Global citizenship

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) Pre class video recording 3 minutes 15% Information not yet available
Assessment 2: (Individual) Proposal for written assignment 500 words 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3: (Individual) Written Assignment 4000 words 60% Information 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.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: completion and submission of the 3-minute video recording

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL418 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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