Practitioner Legal Skills for Australian Migration Law

Unit code: LML6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Queen
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced


This unit is designed to equip participants with the basic legal skills needed to begin to work in migration law, such as legal reasoning and statutory interpretation.  Students will gain an understanding of the Australian legal system and administrative law and the relevance of case law to migration practice Students will develop the research capacity to find appropriate legal materials, they will learn to navigate and competently use various legal databases such as, Austlii and Comlaw. During this subject and continuing throughout the course, students will work to develop the writing and communication skills needed for postgraduate academic law and future practice in this field of law.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply appropriate approaches to the interpretation of legislation that demonstrates a sound knowledge and understanding of the legislative process, the distinction between primary and subordinate legislation and regulatory impact process, parliamentary scrutiny and registration of legislative instruments.
  2. Engage in legal analysis, reasoning and problem solving to develop complex arguments and conclusions.
  3. Deconstruct and apply rules, policies and findings from cases and identify the arguments and reasoning.
  4. Critically examine the role of administrative law in the Australian legal system and its impact on administrative decision making
  5. Undertake research to assess current and relevant information from a range of sources including case law.
  6. Formulate and implement communication strategies orientated to key stakeholders including clients.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Online quiz (10 points) and short answer question (10 points)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Interpretation of legislation and case law to a hypothetical case. (1700 words)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
Final Examination

Required reading

Required readings will be made available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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