LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
LAWS4101 is designed to lay the foundation for student success in every other Juris Doctor unit through teaching critical thought and key concepts and skills. Students will engage with critical and comparative legal thought (including Indigenous legal systems; structural, explicit and unconscious bias; legal histories and legal change); learn how to ‘think' and ‘talk' the law (including learning and applying legal reasoning and logic); understand how to find, analyse and interpret cases and legislation; and examine management of workload, wellbeing and their future careers. The unit is taught through workshops where students are able to apply their knowledge and skills to a range of scenarios.
Students are able to (1) critically analyse the nature and role of law; (2) apply legal logic and reasoning to construct answers to legal questions; (3) read and interpret cases and statutes; (4) communicate knowledge of the law in accordance with conventions of legal writing, expression and referencing; and (5) engage ethically and professionally with colleagues and peers.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group activities; (2) in-class exercise; and (3) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Julie Falck and Aidan Ricciardo
Contact hours
Students who commence semester one: Monday 10 February to Friday 21 February.

Refer to the LMS Page for session times and venues.

Students must attend every day of the intensive.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-N-1D-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.