LAW 2501 - Australian Constitutional Law

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The course discusses selected topics relating to the Australian constitutional system. Topics include Commonwealth and State legislative power, including the process of characterisation and an examination of heads of power specified in s51 and s52 of the Australian Constitution; the legal relations between the Commonwealth and the States and the resolution of inconsistencies between laws; implications in State and Federal constitutions drawn from representative and responsible government; Commonwealth and State social and economic relations; and constitutional rights.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 2501
    Course Australian Constitutional Law
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites LAW 1501, LAW 1504
    Incompatible LAW 2003
    Restrictions Available to LLB students only
    Course Description The course discusses selected topics relating to the Australian constitutional system. Topics include Commonwealth and State legislative power, including the process of characterisation and an examination of heads of power specified in s51 and s52 of the Australian Constitution; the legal relations between the Commonwealth and the States and the resolution of inconsistencies between laws; implications in State and Federal constitutions drawn from representative and responsible government; Commonwealth and State social and economic relations; and constitutional rights.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Olijnyk



    ANNA OLIJNYK
    anna.olijnyk@adelaide.edu.au

    Consultation: TBC, or by appointment

    Other teaching staff TBC.

    Any questions about the organisation of the course or general course matters should be directed to the course co-ordinator, Anna Olijnyk, after first checking this guide. All questions regarding a student’s learning in the Australian Constitutional Law should be raised with seminar leaders. All members of academic staff are committed to assisting students in their learning and are available to meet with students at the times listed below. Alternatively students can make an appointment to see a staff member at another time of mutual convenience.

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Lectures

    Lectures will be held on Tuesdays, 10:10am – 12:00 noon in the Florey Lecture Theatre (Medical School North N103). All lectures will be audio-streamed and placed on MyUni as soon as the links are made available, usually on the same afternoon that the lecture is delivered. A virtual lecture will also be made available in this course. Students who enrol in this lecture are not required to attend the live lecture being given. Students who choose to enrol in a virtual lecture can attend the normal lecture provided there is room in the lecture.

    Videos

    For each week in which substantive content is taught in the course (weeks 1-10), 2-3 short videos (10-30 minutes) will be available for students to review prior to attending the lecture and seminar. These videos will provide students with background and detail for the material covered in the lecture, and the questions and activities to be undertaken in the lecture and seminar.

    Seminars

    Students in this course are expected to attend or listen to all lectures throughout the semester plus one two-hour seminar class each fortnight. Please enrol in a seminar via Access Adelaide.

    Class participation makes up 10% of the assessment in this course. To receive marks for class participation, students must attend the seminars in which they are enrolled.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    The Legal Practitioners' Education and Admissions Council (LPEAC) sets rules for the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in South Australia. Students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of understanding and application of 11 core areas of legal knowledge. This course teaches the following topics within these core areas:
    · State constitutions and constitutional systems,
    · The constitution and operation of the legislature, and
    · The relationship between the different levels of government.


    Australian Constitutional Law concerns the study of the fundamental law of a community; the law that governs the relationship of the state and its people. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the operations of general principles of constitutional law, as well as specific Australian constitutional issues including federalism, the distribution and exercise of legislative power, constitutional rights and freedoms, and Federal/State intergovernmental and financial relations.
    Constitutional law is both constitutive and reflective of the community that it governs and hence the boundaries of the subject are constantly changing. The teaching and learning program aims to assist students to acquire a deep understanding of the basic principles of the subject and, thereby, to equip them with the skills which will provide a sound basis for a lifelong engagement with public law in Australia.


    In particular, a student who successfully completes this course will have:
    1. knowledge and understanding of the basic principles in the above core areas of knowledge, and specifically, to understand the historical context in which the Australian constitutional system was established, to identify the fundamental principles that underpin Australian constitutional law, and to understand the relationship between the federal and State governments (including where inconsistencies of law arise), the Commonwealth as an economic union, and implied and express rights and freedoms within the Constitution;
    2. an awareness of the indeterminacy of legal principles in the constitutional context, and the continuous state of development of those principles;
    3. critical thinking and problem solving skills in the application of constitutional principles to problem-solving exercises.
    4. an ability to analyse critically constitutional principles and legal doctrines, especially in the light of the contexts (international, cultural, social and other) in which the Australian constitutional system operates;
    5. an ability to present, both orally and in writing, constitutional arguments and critique of those arguments.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1. Course Guide (Available from ICC).
    2. Videos (Available online via MyUni).
    3. Blackshield, A and Williams G, Australian Constitutional Law and Theory (Federation Press, 6th ed, 2014).
    4. The Australian Constitution (Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK)) Students will find a copy of the Australian Constitution, along with the Statute of Westminster 1931 (UK) and the Australia Act 1986 (Cth), at the back of the Blackshield and Williams text. Alternatively these constitutional documents can be accessed on the internet from the Commonwealth legislation homepage: www.comlaw.gov.au.
    5. The South Australian Constitution (Constitution Act 1934 (SA)) Students can download a copy from the South Australian Parliament’s website at http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au/.
    Recommended Resources

    There are many constitutional law texts that students may wish to use throughout the course. Students may wish to dip into alternative texts to understand the area in greater depth, or just to read a different perspective on the area.
    For students looking for a more basic explanation of the principles covered in this course to springboard into the more complicated readings and exercises, we highly recommend the following texts:

    • Reilly A, Appleby G, Grenfell L and Lacey W, Australian Public Law (Oxford, 2011)
    • Joseph, S and Castan M Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (4th ed, Lawbook Co, 2014)
    • Saunders, C, The Constitution of Australia: A Contextual Analysis (Hart, Oxford, 2011)


     Other texts that students may like to refer to include:

    • Clarke, J, and Keyzer, P and Stellios, J, Australian Constitutional Law: Materials and Commentary (9th edition, Butterworths, Sydney, 2013).
    • Gerangelos, P, Lee, H P, Aroney, N, Muuray, S, Evans, S and Emerton, P, Winterton’s Australian Federal Constitutional Law: Commentary and Materials (Thomson Reuters 2013)
    • Ratnapala, S; Crowe, J, Australian Constitutional Law: Foundations and Theory (Oxford, 2012)
    • Ratnapala, S, John, T, Karean, V and Koch, C, Australian Constitutional Law: Commentary and Cases (Oxford, 2007).
    The following books are recommended for those wishing to read more widely:
    • Aroney, N, The Constitution of a Federal Commonwealth: The Making and Meaning of the Australian Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
    • Moens, G and Trone J, Lumb and Moens’ The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia Annotated (7th edition) (Butterworths Australia 2007).
    • Zines Leslie The High Court and The Constitution (5th edition, Federation Press Sydney, 2008)


    Online Learning
    Many of the materials in this course will be available on MyUni. This includes videos exploring key concepts and cases. Students are encouraged to use the discussion board on MyUni.

    All lectures will be made available on MyUni.

    The interim assignment and take-home exam will be submitted, marked and returned electronically.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures will provide an overview of the various topics in the course and will elucidate some of the connecting themes between the various parts of the course. In the lectures, the general legal principles in a topic will be covered, rather than the detail of the cases in that topic. This detail is provided in the videos (see below). Lectures will also include a session on a discussion question and a problem question, similar to those students will be asked to answer in the seminars and written assessment.

    Videos will provide students with further detail on some of the key cases and concepts in the readings.

    The seminars are central to the learning-teaching process and provide a forum for academic staff and students to engage together on the subject of Australian Constitutional Law. Before attending their seminars, students are required to work through a list of extracts from the Blackshield & Williams text and attempt to answer the questions set in the Course Guide.

    For each seminar, the Course Guide contains:

    • The readings required to be completed before the seminar;
    • The videos required to be watched before the seminar;
    • ‘Assumed knowledge’ that students will be expected to bring to the seminar based on the videos, readings and lectures;
    • Discussion questions, activities and problems that will be answered in the seminar.

    The seminar material will build upon the preparatory work undertaken by students in conjunction with the lectures, videos and readings. The seminars will provide an opportunity for students to test their understanding of the concepts, to engage in analysis and evaluation of the concepts, and to apply their knowledge to new situations and to extend their knowledge further.

    Students should bring the Course Guide and (if possible) their textbook (Blackshield and Williams) to seminars.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. Students in this course are expected to attend lectures and seminars. In addition, students should allocate time to private study in the course across the 12 week semester and the period before the exam – this includes reading the material, watching the videos, attending/watching lectures, preparing for seminars and undertaking the assessment tasks.
    Learning Activities Summary

    This course focuses on the themes set out in the Course Description: constitutional interpretation, legislative power, the Commonwealth as a federal community, implied and express immunities, and the Commonwealth as an economic union. More specifically, this course will address the following topics:

     

    Lecture

    Seminar

    O-Week:

    Introduction to course & structure

     

    Week 1:

    Introduction, constitutional interpretation and characterisation

    Week 2:

    Section 51(xx) - the Corporations Power

    Weeks 2 & 3

    Characterisation and interpretation

    Section 51(xx) – The Corporations Power

    Week 3:

    Section 51(xxix) – the External Affairs Power

    Week 4

    Section 51(vi) – the Defence Power

    Weeks 4 & 5

    Peer review exercise – Corporations Power

    Week 5

    Commonwealth and State taxation: Sections 51(ii) and 90

    Week 6

    Economic Union - Section 92

    Weeks 6 & 7

    Section 51(xxix) – the External Affairs Power

    Section 51(vi) – the Defence Power

     

     MID-SEMESTER BREAK

    Week 7

    No lecture

     

    Week 8

    Federalism and the Problem of Inconsistent Laws: Section 109

    Weeks 8 & 9

    Commonwealth and State taxation: Sections 51(ii) and 90

    Economic Union - Section 92

    Week 9

    Federalism - Intergovernmental immunities

    Week 10

    Implied freedom of political communication

    Weeks 10 & 11

    Federalism and the Problem of Inconsistent Laws: Section 109

    Intergovernmental immunities

     

    Week 11

    No lecture

    Week 12

    No Lecture

    Weeks 12 & 13

    Implied freedom of political communication

    Week 13

    Revision Lecture #1

    Week 14

    Revision Lecture #2

    Week 14: Revision seminar (not counted for the purposes of class participation grades)

     

    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no additional requirements except those specified in this profile.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course does not include a small group discovery experience.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment item

    % of final mark

    Dates

    Length

    Redeemable

    Learning Objectives

    Peer-reviewed assignment

     

    5%

    Released: Monday,   Week 3 (via MyUni)

    Due: 2pm,   Monday, Week 4

    500 words

    Y

    1, 3, 5

    Class participation

    10%

    N/A

    N/A

    N

    1-7

    Interim Assignment

    (Optional)

    20%

    Released: Monday, Week   6 (on MyUni)

    Due: 2pm, Friday,   Week 10

    1500 words

    Y

    1-7

    Take-Home Exam

    65%-

    90%

    Exam period

    3000 words

    N

    1-7

    Assessment Detail

    1. Peer -reviewed Assignment 5%

    Release Date: Monday, Week 3 (via MyUni)

    Due Date: 2pm, Monday, Week 4

    Assignments submitted late will not be accepted, unless the student can demonstrate medical or compassionate reasons exist for the late submission.

    Length: The assignment is to be a maximum of 500 words, excluding footnotes unless there is substantive material in the footnotes.

    Description: After the first three weeks, students will be provided with the opportunity for feedback on the fundamental building blocks of the first half of the course - the application of the principles of characterisation.

    The peer-reviewed assignment will consist of a small problem question, similar in style to that contained in the interim assignment and take-home exam. This very first assignment will provide students with an opportunity to practice and obtain feedback on their initial understanding and application of the principles of characterisation and interpretation of the Commonwealth’s power to make laws under the corporations power. It will provide students with an excellent foundation for tackling the interim assignment and the exam. It will also provide students with an understanding of the marking process and expectations of examiners in law.
    Students must participate in the peer-review process to be eligible to receive the full 5 marks.

    Return of Assignment: The assignment will be marked in the seminars in weeks 4 and 5 of the course. Assignments will be peer-assessed under the supervision of the seminar leader. Marking Criteria: The assignment will be assessed against the following criteria:
    · Ability to identify relevant legal issues and case law;
    · Capacity to logically apply the law in a reasoned and considered manner;
    · Critical analysis of the case law;
    · Proper and accurate citation of sources; compliance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

    2. Class Participation 10%

    Students must attend and satisfactorily participate in seminars. This means they must prepare for class by completing the readings and attempting the seminar questions, contribute in small and large group discussions and listen attentively. Seminar leaders are responsible for monitoring and assessing attendance and participation.

    To receive a pass for class participation, students must attend at least 4/6 seminars. In order to receive credit for their participation, students must attend the seminar in which they are enrolled.

    Marking Criteria: Class participation will be assessed against the following criteria:
    · Attendance
    · Preparation
    · Quality of Contributions
    · Listening and engagement with others

    More detailed rules and expectations for class participation will be released on MyUni and distributed and explained in the first week of seminars.

    3. Interim Assignment (Optional) 20%

    Release Date: Monday, Week 6 (via MyUni)

    Due Date: 2.00 pm on Friday, Week 10

    Length: The assignment is to be a maximum of 1500 words, excluding footnotes unless there is substantive material in the footnotes.

    Details: The assignment will consist of a problem question and short answer question, similar in style to the final exam. The assignment will provide students with an opportunity to further practice and obtain feedback on their understanding and application of the concepts covered in the course up to this point.

    Marking Criteria: The assignment will be assessed against the following criteria:
    · Demonstrated understanding of constitutional law and theory;
    · Ability to identify relevant legal issues and case law;
    · Capacity to logically apply the law in a reasoned and considered manner;
    · Critical analysis of the case law;
    · Written communication skills;
    · Proper and accurate citation of sources; compliance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

    Further information on criteria and weighting of the different parts will be provided in the assignment details.

    Extensions: In exceptional circumstances extensions will be considered but only in accordance with the supplementary assessment guidelines relating to illness and compassionate grounds outlined below. Work commitments or travel are not grounds for an extension.

    Keep a copy: Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.

    Return of Assignments: The assignment will generally be returned to students within 3 weeks of the due date with written feedback. This may vary depending on the number of students that undertake the assignment.

    Penalties: A penalty of up to 10% of the total value of the assignment may be deducted for failing to comply with the word limit. A penalty of 5% may be deducted for failure to comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

    Penalties for Late Submission: The recommended standard Law School penalties shall apply for late submission of the assignment. The penalty will be 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc.
     
    4. Take-Home Exam 65%, 70%, 85% or 90% (depending on whether assignment marks are redeemed)

    The exam will be released on MyUni on a date to be confirmed in the Exam Period, Semester 1, 2015. Students will have 24 hours to complete the exam and submit their answers via MyUni.

    Length: maximum 3000 words, excluding footnotes unless there is substantive material in the footnotes.

    Because the take-home exam is only open for a limited period of time, requests for extensions to work on the paper cannot be granted. Students who qualify for Replacement/Additional Assessment (R/AA) will be given an alternative take-home exam during the R/AA period (9-19 December 2014).

    The exam will consist of a problem question and short answer questions, similar in style to those in the Interim Assignment.

    The exam will be assessed on the following criteria:
    · Demonstrated understanding of constitutional law and theory;
    · Ability to identify relevant legal issues and case law;
    · Capacity to logically apply the law in a reasoned and considered manner;
    · Critical analysis of the case law.


    Submission

    Peer-Reviewed Assignment

    The assignment is to be submitted in hardcopy only. Detailed instructions on how to submit assignments will be provided in the assignment information.

    The assignment is to be presented in typed form using Times New Roman 12-point font and using double line spacing.  The margins of the paper (right, left, top and bottom) must be no less than 2.5cm.

    Citation must comply with The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed) available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/about/libraries/law/research/.

    The assignment must be written in prose style (using complete sentences), adhere to grammatical rules, and use correct spelling.

    Optional Interim Assignment

    The assignment is to be submitted in electronic form only. Detailed instructions on how to submit assignments will be provided in the assignment information. 

    The assignment is to be presented in typed form using Times New Roman 12-point font and using double line spacing.  The margins of the paper (right, left, top and bottom) must be no less than 2.5cm. The paper is not to include appendices or a bibliography.

    Citation must comply with The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed) available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/about/libraries/law/research/.

    The assignment must be written in prose style (using complete sentences), adhere to grammatical rules, and use correct spelling. 

    Take-Home Exam

    The Take-Home Exam is to be submitted in electronic form only. Detailed instructions on how to submit exam answers will be provided in advance of the exam.

    The assignment is to be presented in typed form using Times New Roman 12-point font and using double line spacing.  The margins of the paper (right, left, top and bottom) must be no less than 2.5cm. The paper is not to include appendices or a bibliography.

    Citation need not comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation but all legal materials referred to must be clearly identified.

    The exam answers must be written in prose style (using complete sentences), adhere to grammatical rules, and use correct spelling.

    Late Submission: 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc. Hard copy submissions made after 5.00pm on a Friday will be assumed to have been submitted on the next business day and will be penalised accordingly.

    Word Length: Assignments which exceed the allocated length (word length or page limit) will be subject to a penalty of 5% of total marks possible per 100 words or part thereof (ie with a word limit of 3,000, an essay graded 63% will have 5% deducted if it is 3001 words long, for a final grade of 58%, 10% if it is 3101 words long, etc). Words are calculated including all footnotes and headings within the text but excluding cover page information. Quotations and all referencing information are included in the word count.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    The following standard is required for a mark within each grade band:

    Fail 0-49The paper demonstrates an insufficient knowledge and understanding of the course material. The paper reveals an inability to construct a coherent answer to the legal questions using the course materials, and uses poor written expression.

    Pass 50-64The paper demonstrates an adequate understanding of the course material, using reasonable problem solving skills and analysis. The paper reveals an ability to construct an answer to the set questions using the course materials, and uses reasonable written expression. The paper makes conclusions without sufficiently supporting them with the course materials. 

    Credit 65-74The paper demonstrates a good understanding of the course material, using competent problem solving skills and analysis. The paper reveals a good ability to construct an answer to the set questions using the course materials, and uses good  written expression. The paper makes conclusions with support from the course materials.

    Distinction 75-84The paper demonstrates an excellent understanding of the course material, and uses high level problem solving skills and analysis, and some independent thought. The paper reveals an excellent ability to construct an answer to the set questions using not only the course materials but also their own reflections on those materials. The paper uses excellent written expression.

    High Distinction 85-100The paper demonstrates an outstanding understanding of the course material. The paper uses excellent problem solving skills and analysis, and also demonstrates independent thought. The paper reveals an outstanding ability to construct an answer to the set questions using not only the course materials but also their own reflections on those materials. The paper uses excellent written expression.

    Courses for which a result of conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/results.html

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level (see: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/700/ )

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide (https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp)

     

    Supplementary exams: For information regarding supplementary exams please consult the Law School policy page below.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as CEQ surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at least once every 2 years. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
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    Practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.
    For more information please check out the Writing Centre website at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/
  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Further information regarding the Law School Policies and Procedures in relation to Supplementary Assessment, Extensions, and Remarks etc can be found at:
    http://law.adelaide.edu.au/student/assessment/

    Plagiarism and other forms of cheating
    Plagiarism is a serious act of academic misconduct. All students must be familiar with the Adelaide Law School Enrolment Guide 2014, and should note in particular the sections relating to plagiarism, grievance procedures and academic conduct within the Law School and the University.
    Plagiarism is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Please be aware that “academic dishonesty” (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to refuse to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.
    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.
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