Australian Legal System in Context

Unit code: BLB1101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Queen
Footscray Park


This foundation unit introduces students to the 'nuts and bolts' of the Australian Legal system and legal reasoning. In addition, it offers a selection of socio-political contexts within which to situate and critically evaluate the contemporary Australian legal system.  This unit provides a foundation for the study of law at Victoria University and, as such, successful completion is a pre-requisite for progression through the Law course.

This unit:

Provides students with a working foundation in the technical structure of Australian legal systems and legal reasoning, using applied practical teaching and learning methods;

Exposes students to ways of making sense of Australian legal systems and legal process in a legal academic way, using selected contexts from criminal and private law;

Introduces students to the broader contexts in which legal issues may arise, including the political, social, historical, philosophical and economic contexts; and

Inducts students in the ways of the lawyer, including and legal reasoning and appropriate language use and structure

using reflective, applied and theory-based teaching and learning methods.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the components of Australian legal systems, and elaborate how these components intersect and interact, and how lawyers use these systems;
  2. Communicate using appropriate professional legal language and express ideas and perspectives;
  3. Situate and analyse Australian legal systems within broader contemporary social and political contexts;
  4. Articulate and write about law in a coherent and professional way; and
  5. Work collaboratively and independently to use legal reasoning, (including statutory interpretation and application of case law) to create and present logical structured answers to problem-style legal questions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Quiz 1
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Research assignment
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Critical Reflection and Legal Reasoning Task
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Final Quiz

Required reading

Foundations of Australian Law and Legal Writing: A custom publication for Victoria University,
Raponi, K,de Saint, J, O’Sullivan, C, (eds) (2022),| LexisNexis
Australian Guide to Legal Citation
Melbourne University Law Review Association| Available in hard copy or online:

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