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LAWS12063 Legal Drafting
Legal Drafting
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General Information

Overview

Legal practitioners engage in legal drafting on a daily basis and effective written communication skills are essential for legal practice. This unit aims to enhance your legal drafting skills by providing you with an authentic practical learning experience. You will complete a variety of practical drafting tasks that newly qualified lawyers are likely to undertake in practice, including: - drafting legal documents, such as pleadings and affidavits; - drafting contracts in accordance with a client’s instructions; - preparing letters of advice; and - preparing persuasive arguments, such as outlines of argument. This unit will analyse a range of drafting techniques and explore how to convey complex information using clear and simple language. You will also consider how to draft a document in accordance with its purpose, the needs of the audience and the client’s instructions. You will further refine their drafting skills by engaging in reflective practice and through a process of critically analysing and redrafting existing documents. Topics of focus include: - drafting techniques and plain English drafting; - grammar, syntax and punctuation in legal drafting; - the art of persuasive writing; - common sources of ambiguity in the drafting of documents; and - devising solutions to drafting issues. Note that a comprehensive coverage of drafting convention relevant to specialised substantive areas of the law is not possible in this unit. Instead, the unit focuses on the foundational principles for drafting legal documents to prepare students for the significant and diverse range of tasks they may face as a legal practitioner.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: 24 credit points of law. 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

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This information will be available on Monday 16 May 2022
Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your say survey, feedback in class

Feedback

Provide some exemplars with the more complex drafting tasks.

Recommendation

Exemplars were not provided for some drafting tasks, such as wills, because the purpose of the task was for students to attempt to draft these documents from scratch without sight of an original document, using the drafting techniques taught in the first four weeks. However, short example passages of text were provided in the study guides where students would not necessarily know the drafting convention to include in the will. However, exemplars of pleadings can be provided in future, as there is more scope to vary the content to be included in the pleadings. A workshop activity related to the critiquing the exemplars will also be included.

Feedback from Have your say survey, feedback in class

Feedback

Students appreciated the fact that the assessment tasks were authentic legal drafting tasks.

Recommendation

Continue to use a drafting portfolio that requires students to complete a broad range of authentic legal drafting tasks, to be submitted incrementally throughout the term.

Feedback from Have your say survey, feedback in class

Feedback

Students appreciated the extensive formative feedback that was provided on a weekly basis to facilitate improvement in their legal drafting and the extensive feedback on their drafting in the assessment tasks.

Recommendation

Continue to provide feedback via both formative tasks and summative assessments.

Feedback from Have your say survey, feedback in class

Feedback

Tutorial sessions sometimes felt rushed to ensure the class got through the weekly material and covered all the relevant drafting conventions, practical drafting tips etc.

Recommendation

Increase workshop length.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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