Laying Down the Law, 12th edition
An ideal introduction to key legal concepts, principles and skills
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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 12th edition has been extensively revised throughout, including discussion on recent developments in case law and legislation, such as the Legislation Interpretation Act 2021 (SA) and continuing developments following the High Court’s decision in Farah Constructions Pty Ltd v Say-Dee Pty Ltd. Other current issues, such as constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Nations peoples and the implications for legal research and practice of the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence programs, are also considered.
• 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
• Bruce Bott and Ruth Talbot-Stokes, Nemes & Coss’ Effective Legal Research, 8th ed, 2021
• Judith Jones, Chisholm & Nettheim’s Understanding Law: An Introduction to the Australian Legal Systems, 9th ed, 2021
• Nichola Corbett-Jarvis and Brendan Grigg, Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide, 3rd ed, 2021
Table of contents
- PART 1: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS
- Ch 1. Introduction
- Ch 2. The Origins and Historical Development of the Modern Australian Legal System
- Ch 3. The Australian Legal System
- Ch 4. First Nations Australians and the Australian Legal System
- PART 2: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND LEGAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- Ch 5. The Legal Profession and Professional Legal Practice and Ethics
- Ch 6. Legal Dispute Resolution Processes
- PART 3: SOURCES OF LAW: CASE LAW
- Ch 7. Case Law and Precedent
- Ch 8. Precedent in Australian Courts
- PART 4: 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 5: 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 6: LEGAL WRITING, STUDY AND EXAM SKILLS
- Ch 20. Legal Writing
- Ch 21. Referencing and Citation
- Ch 22. Study and Exam Skills
- PART 7: THE ESSENTIAL LEGAL TOOLKIT