LAW100 Australian Legal Systems (8)

This subject examines the nature of law in society, the major schools of legal philosophy, the major features of the Australian legal system including the Australian Constitution, sources of law, statutory interpretation, the judicial process and the doctrine of precedent, an introduction to techniques of legal research and problem-solving. 

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

For students other than those enrolled in Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Business (specialisations) or Bachelor of Business Studies.
Not available to students who have completed LAW110.

Subject Relationships

LAW110 Has similar content to LAW100

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the nature and social function of law as a system of norms;
  • be able to differentiate the main schools of legal philosophy;
  • be able to understand the difference between common and civil law and be able to comment on the merits of each;
  • be able to understand the history of the reception of common law into Australia and the status of Indigenous law;
  • be able to explain the basics of Australian constitutional law;
  • be aware of the sources of law in Australia and be able to explain the relationship between them;
  • be able to apply the rules of statutory interpretation;
  • be able to determine which court has jurisdiction in any particular matter and how to apply doctrine of precedent;
  • be able to undertake basic research and solve legal problems.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of law;
  • Introduction to jurisprudence;
  • Legal systems;
  • Sources of law - statute and common law;
  • The hierarchy of courts and the doctrine of precedent;
  • Australian legal history;
  • The status of Indigenous law;
  • Australian constitution Law
  • Interpretation of statutes;
  • Legal research and problem-solving;


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.