• Class Number 7382
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Stephen Bottomley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course ('LJE') builds on the learning outcomes of LAWS1201 Foundations of Law in two significant ways.  First, within the framework of the Australian legal system studied in LAWS1201, LJE examines the role, operation and effect of law in society, focussing on the part that lawyers play as the principal representatives and interpreters of the legal system, and on perceptions of justice in and through law.  Secondly, building on the skills component of LAWS1201, LJE teaches further skills necessary for effective legal study: critical analysis, essay writing and well-reasoned argument.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. describe the social, political and economic contexts of legal practice
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the realities and diversity of legal practice
  3. critically assess limitations on access to the legal system and measures taken to promote access to justice
  4. analyse the structure and workings of the legal profession from a range of perspectives
  5. explain the ethical dimensions of legal practice and the various forms of regulation of professional conduct
  6. effectively convey their results of their reading, research, and critical analysis.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the interim scaling guideline applies to all courses in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs. Please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Theme Introduction Issues Introduction to LJE What is a legal profession? Legal Professional Values Your values and wellbeing
2 Theme Skills; The legal profession Issues Skills: How to prepare an annotated bibliography; essay writing The Legal Profession: different types of legal practice; is it changing?
3 Theme Lawyers Issues Admission to practice. Lawyers as people working with people. Who becomes a lawyer and how does this impact on the administration of law?
4 Theme Concepts of Justice Issues Introduction to concepts of justice Perspectives on justice. The relationship between justice and legality
5 Theme Access to Justice Issues Legal need in Australia. The role of lawyers in access to justice.
6 Theme Indigenous Law and Justice Issues Intro to Indigenous perspectives on law and justice. The intersections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives on law and justice.
7 Theme Professional Responsibility and Ethics Issues Regulation of the profession Retainers Fundamental duties to the court and clients and resolution of conflicts Four possible approaches to ethical lawyering
8 Theme Professional Responsibility and Ethics Issues Examining confidentiality and legal privilege: their relationship to each other and the retainer; breaches and waivers.
9 Theme Professional Responsibility and Ethics Issues Conflicts of interest Introduction to Legal Practice trust accounting.
10 Theme Professional Discipline Issues Disciplinary proceedings. Differences between: professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct; complaints and professional negligence.
11 Theme Behavioural Ethics Issues Introduction to behavioural ethics Ethical decision making models Asserting values/ethics in difficult circumstances
12 Theme Tying it all together Issues Drawing together the legal, social, behavioural and structural factors that influence the practice of law, justice and ethics.

Tutorial Registration

You must enrol in a specific seminar group on the LJE Wattle page. Enrolments will open on Tuesday 16 July (one week before the first tutorials commence). You must complete your enrolment before Tuesday 22 July. You will remain in that seminar group during the semester, and you will participate in small group presentations within these seminars. You will not be permitted to swap seminars without the convener’s permission. Seminars are not recorded.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Seminar Attendance 0 % 25/10/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Seminar Presentation 10 % 30/08/2019 08/09/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Annotated Bibliography 20 % 26/08/2019 27/09/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Essay 50 % 21/10/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Quiz 20 % 25/10/2019 25/10/2019 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Seminar attendance is compulsory and seminar rooms and times will be advised on Wattle.

You will attend three class hours per week: a 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour seminar. You will need to spend 6-7 hours a week engaging with the reading/resources and preparing for class/assessments. This means that you should spend about 10 hours a week, each week, on the course. Students are expected to prepare for both lectures and seminars and to engage critically in the discussion that takes place there. It is, in part, by means of such engagement and the feedback you get from that that you will be able to evaluate and enhance the quality of your learning of the course content and skills.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Seminar Attendance

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to attend 10 of 12 seminars will result in a 5 mark penalty for the course.

Weighting: 0%. Failure to attend 10 of 12 seminars will result in a 5 mark penalty for the course.

Release: N/A

Due date: N/A

Estimated return date: N/A

Assessment Criteria: N/A

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 30/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 08/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Seminar Presentation

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Each student must complete one presentation in the weeks 3- 6 of the semester in accordance with the roster established in the first week of semester. A non-attempt will result in a grade of zero for this assessment. You must complete one presentation, but it is not necessary to pass the task to pass the course. 

Weighting: 10%

Word limit:


Due date:

Estimated return date:

Assessment Criteria: A rubric will be made available on the Course Wattle site. Criteria include: understanding and discussion of relevant issues; creativity and originality of approach; effective communication and delivery; promotion of audience discussion; ability to work as group to make cohesive presentation.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 27/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Annotated Bibliography

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. A non-attempt will result in a grade of zero for this assessment. You must submit an annotated bibliography, but it is not necessary to pass the task to pass the course. 

Weighting: 20%

Word limit: 1,000 words for the annotated bibliography plus 100 words for the description of the argument/thesis proposed for the essay. Word count does not include footnotes.

Release: The essay topics and task will be released on the Wattle course site on Tuesday 23 July 2019

Due date: 9 am, Monday 26 August, 2019 online via Turnitin.

Estimated return date: Week 8 via Turnitin

Assessment Criteria:

A rubric will be made available on the Course Wattle site. Will be assessed on quality of :

1.     research of scholarly secondary sources; critical evaluation of sources, referencing and compliance with AGLC;

2.     effective use of words and word limit to address key issues; expression and written communication including use of legal terminology, spelling etc

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 21/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6


Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. A non-attempt will result in a grade of zero for this assessment. You must submit an essay, but it is not necessary to pass the task to pass the course. 

Weighting: 50%

Word limit: 2,000 words

Release: The essay topics and task will be released on the Wattle course site on Tuesday 23 July 2019.

Due date: 9 am Monday 21 October, 2019 online via Turnitin.

Estimated return date: 28 November 2019, with release of final class results

Assessment Criteria: Available on the Course Wattle site. 

A rubric will be made available on the Course Wattle site will be assessed on quality of Research of scholarly secondary sources; argument and response to the question; critical evaluation of sources; structure and logical development of argument; referencing and compliance with AGLC; effective use of words and word limit to address key issues; expression and written communication including use of legal terminology, spelling etc.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 5


Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. A non-attempt will result in a grade of zero for this assessment. You must attempt the quiz, but it is not necessary to pass the task to pass the course.

Weighting: 20%

Release: Online release. The quiz will be available from 9 am Monday 7 October until 6pm Friday 25 October. 

Due date: The quiz must be completed and submitted by 6 pm Friday 25 October.

Estimated return date: A grade will be available immediately. Detailed quiz feedback will be provided once the quiz closes.

Assessment Criteria: The quiz will test your understanding of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules and principles of Trust Accounting.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Stephen Bottomley
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Prof Stephen Bottomley

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