Laying Down the Law, 11th edition

An ideal introduction to key legal concepts, principles and skills

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409351934
Release Date: November 27, 2020
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Laying Down the Law provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the study of law. Essential foundation topics covered include Australia’s legal system and sources of law while discussion of current issues highlights the context in which our legal system operates and the role and responsibilities of the legal profession.

Clear explanations of precedent and statutory interpretation provide a solid basis for legal study and practice, and practical examples and exercises support learning and the development of key skills. A legal toolkit and marginal notes provide additional information to develop understanding of key concepts. The book is supported by a range of online materials to consolidate knowledge and skills.

The eleventh edition has been extensively revised throughout, with several chapters substantially re-written. It includes a new chapter on going to law that explains the legal dispute resolution processes in Australia.

Features

• Engaging and relevant for new students of law
• Content is clear, accurate and reliable
AGLC 4th ed citation style used throughout the text to support student compliance with widely adopted citation rules
• Clear explanations and practical examples and exercises develop legal reasoning, research and writing skills through problem based learning
• Comprehensive online package of lecturer and student materials delivers time savings for lecturers and self-guided practice and revision for students

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Table of contents


  • Ch 1. Laying the Foundations

  • Ch 2. The Origins and Historical Development of the Australian Legal System

  • Ch 3. The Australian Legal System

  • Ch 4. First Nations Australians and the Australian Legal System

  • Ch 5. The Legal Profession and Professional Legal Practice and Ethics

  • Ch 6. Going to Law: Legal Dispute Resolution Processes

  • PART 2: SOURCES OF LAW: CASE LAW

  • Ch 7. Case Law and Precedent

  • Ch 8. Precedent in Australian Courts

  • PART 3: SOURCES OF LAW: LEGISLATION

  • Ch 9. Legislation

  • Ch 10. Approaches to Interpretation of Legislation

  • Ch 11. Extrinsic Aids to Interpretation of Legislation

  • Ch 12. Interpretation of Legislation in Context

  • Ch 13. Presumptions Used in the Interpretation of Legislation

  • Ch 14. Statutory Obligations and Discretions

  • Ch 15. Applying Legislation to Complex Problems

  • PART 4: LEGAL RESEARCH

  • Ch 16. Legal Research: Approaches and Steps

  • Ch 17. Searching for Secondary Sources

  • Ch 18. Searching for Case Law

  • Ch 19. Searching for Legislation

  • PART 5: LEGAL WRITING, STUDY AND EXAM SKILLS

  • Ch 20. Legal Writing

  • Ch 21. Referencing and Citation

  • Ch 22. Study and Exam Skills

  • PART 6: THE ESSENTIAL LEGAL TOOLKIT