|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject introduces students to the theory and practice of civil dispute resolution and professional legal ethics. Students will develop a critical understanding of the operation of three key dispute resolution processes, namely, negotiation, mediation and litigation. Students will gain an appreciation of the role of lawyers in the resolution of legal disputes, in terms of the professional skills, ethical responsibilities and legal obligations involved, including an understanding of duties to the client and to the administration of justice. Through their experiences in a simulated civil dispute, and engagement with relevant doctrinal, socio-legal and jurisprudential literature, students will be required to reflect deeply on the processes and outcomes of civil disputes.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the subject will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the substantive legal rules and principles governing civil dispute resolution and professional legal ethics;
- Analyse and evaluate a civil dispute involving a reasonably complex factual scenario, and provide advice and assistance as to the most appropriate method(s) of resolving the dispute;
- Identify relevant ethical issues and demonstrate appropriate professional judgment and decision-making skills in advising on legal matters;
- Demonstrate basic skills of legal research, client communication, case management, and negotiation;
- Research, analyse and evaluate current theories, perspectives and developments in civil dispute resolution and legal ethics;
- Work effectively as a team member in the resolution of a civil case.
Eligibility and requirements
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|LAWS50023||Legal Method and Reasoning||
|LAWS50024||Principles of Public Law||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Individual exercises (500 words) (10%)
- Interim assignment (1,000 words) (20%)
- Take home exam (4,000 words) (70%)
The due dates of the above assessment will be available to students via the Assessment Schedule on the LMS Community.
Hurdle Requirement: Students must complete both the interim assignment and take-home exam and must receive at least a pass in the take-home examination to pass the subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Coordinator Stephen Sempill Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 48 Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
- Adrian Zuckerman et al, Zuckerman on Australian Civil Procedure (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2018).
- Specialist printed materials will also be made available from Melbourne Law School.
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.