LAW112 Introduction to the Australian Legal System (8)

This subject provides students with a foundation in the study of law. It includes a practical overview of the structure and origins of the Australian legal system and introduces the skills of legal reasoning and analysis. Students explore the concept of law, civil law and the common law. They also look at the development of judge-made and statute law (focusing on English and Australian legal history). The subject encompasses the relationship between courts and constitutional structures; the understanding and integration of principles of judicial reasoning and statutory interpretation; the place of Indigenous law in Australia; and the development and relevance of international law.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW112. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Law and Justice

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the sources of law in society and the process of law making including the place of customary law in Australia
  • be able to explain the adversarial system of justice including limitations such as access to justice
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of knowledge pertaining to international law, with a focus on human rights awareness
  • be able to plan and apply effective strategies in legal research of case law and legislation based scenarios
  • be able to identify and explain the facts pertaining to cases and ratio decidendi within the Australian judicial system
  • be able to interpret statutes and common law and identify legal problems in scenarios and cases
  • be able to present persuasive and informed arguments based on leading precedents


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The rule of law
  • Introduction to the Australian legal system
  • Legal research: how do I find law?
  • Interpreting legislation
  • The Australian Constitution and the role of parliament in the Australian legal system
  • The doctrine of precedent
  • Where does Indigenous law fit in?
  • Legal practice, ethics and access to justice
  • International law and human rights

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The 3-day residential school for this subject is compulsory. It will cover the seminar topics relevant to the subject with particular emphasis on relevant case law, precedents and legislation.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.