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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

3 points, SCA Band 3, 0.0625 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2011


This unit deals with the conduct of criminal proceedings, particulary in the Magistrates Court as the court, and with the roles of prosecution and defence. While concerned generally with the broad competencies listed above, this subject will focus on legal research and analysis, awareness and use of learning strategies, oral and written communication, negotiation and advocacy. The unit will explore recognition and resolution of ethical conflicts, and awareness of personal values.


At the successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legislation and common law
  2. prepare basic Criminal Law applications including please of guilty and bail applications
  3. identify the underlying concepts and issues involved in criminal law practice


Online course
Court visit and report:10%
Letter of Advice: 20%
Preparation of Interview checklist: 20%
Preparation of notes for plea of guilty: 10%
Preparation of advice: 20%
Letter of advice:10%
Case studies:10%

On campus course
In-course assessable task (completion of letter of advice): 50%
Final week oral assessment - advocacy related criminal law matter: 50%

Contact hours

Intensive- 27 hours per week for 3 weeks