PRESCRIBED TEXT FOR ITC107 + LAW540 AT CSU DISTANCE ED, SEMESTER 2 2011
Laying Down the Law is the ideal text for students encountering law for the first time. Clear explanation of theory combined with practical advice, problem-based learning, examples and exercises will help students master all essential skills including legal reasoning, analysis of legal problems, research and writing.
New to This Edition:
· Updated exercises and recent cases
· New material on Indigenous Australians and the law
· Expanded discussion of separation of powers and rule of law
· Expanded discussion of statutory interpretation
· Expanded explanation of ratio decidendi
· Expanded discussion of distinct roles of judge and jury and the difference between legal and factual reasoning
· Expanded discussion of international law in areas of climate change and intellectual property
· Legal research chapters adopt problem-based learning approach using scenarios from contract and tort.
· AGLC citation used throughout the book.
· Terms are defined in the margin next to where they first appear in the text.
· Supported by an online resource package.
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Laying the Foundations
2. An Introduction to Legal History
3. Common Law System
PART II: SOURCES OF LAW: CASE LAW
4. Case Law and Precedent
5. Precedent in Australian Courts
6. Judicial Decision Making
PART III: SOURCES OF LAW: LEGISLATION
8. Approaches to Interpretation of Legislation
9. Extrinsic Aids to Interpretation of Legislation
10. Interpretation of Legislation in Context
11. Presumptions Used in Interpretation
12. Statutory Obligations and Discretions
PART IV: LEGAL RESEARCH
13. Legal research - how to start
14. Searching secondary sources
15. Searching for case law
16. Searching for legislation
PART V: LEGAL WRITING, STUDY & EXAM SKILLS
17. Legal Writing
19. Study and exam skills