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Federal & State Constitutional Law

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW20012

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This is a (Priestley 11) unit (VLAB required area of study) completion is required for eligibility for admission to practice as a legal practitioner in Australia

This unit enables students, through the study of cases, statutes and other materials, to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, and competence in, Australian constitutional law. This unit introduces students to the Victorian Constitution and the matters covered in the Commonwealth Constitution. Its focus is the Australian federal system; in particular, the composition and legislative powers of the Commonwealth Parliament, the executive and judicial powers of the Commonwealth and the role and position of the states and the laws they make.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify the core principles of federal and state constitutional law to solve factual legal problems.
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop a sustained legal argument both orally and in writing in a logical and effective way with particular regard to the cultural context and social and political impact of constitutional law.
  • Locate and apply relevant case law and legislative provisions to solve factual legal problems relating to the law of torts.
  • Analyse judgments from the High Court of Australia and other superior courts that deal with constitutional causes of action.