Laying Down the Law, 10th Edition

The tenth edition of 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.

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The tenth edition of 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.

This edition has been extensively revised throughout, with several chapters, particularly those on research and writing techniques, substantially re-written. It is supported by a range of online materials to consolidate knowledge and skills.

Related Titles

Bott & Talbot-Stokes, Nemes & Coss’ Effective Legal Research, 6th ed, 2015
Corbett-Jarvis & Grigg, Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide, 2nd ed, 2017
Finkelstein & Hamer, LexisNexis Concise Australian Legal Dictionary, 5th ed, 2015
Krever, Mastering Law Study and Law Exam Techniques, 9th ed, 2016

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Table of contents

Part 1: INTRODUCTION

  1. Laying the Foundations

  2. An Introduction to Legal History

  3. The Australian Legal System

  4. Indigenous Australians and the System of Law and Justice

  5. The Legal Profession and Professional Legal Practice and Ethics


Part 2: SOURCES OF LAW: CASE LAW

  1. Case Law and Precedent

  2. Precedent in Australian Courts

  3. Judicial Decision-Making


Part 3: SOURCES OF LAW: LEGISLATION

  1. Legislation

  2. Approaches to Interpretation of Legislation

  3. Extrinsic Aids to Interpretation of Legislation

  4. Interpretation of Legislation in Context

  5. Presumptions Used in the Interpretation of Legislation

  6. Statutory Obligations and Discretions


Part 4: LEGAL RESEARCH

  1. Legal Research – Approaches and Steps

  2. Searching Secondary Sources

  3. Searching for Case Law

  4. Searching for Legislation


Part 5: LEGAL WRITING, STUDY & EXAM SKILLS

  1. Legal Writing

  2. Referencing and Citation

  3. Study and Exam Skills


LEGAL TOOLKIT