LAW 3501 - Dispute Resolution and Ethics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course will cover procedures applicable to the resolution of civil disputes, including conciliation, mediation, arbitration and judgment, together with the ethical obligations that lawyers bring to these procedures. Through problem solving and practical role plays students will be critically introduced to the nature of civil process in South Australian and Federal courts and the respective roles and responsibilities of parties (including their legal representatives), mediators, arbitrators and judges in commencing, continuing and conducting these processes. Particular topics of court adjudication under an adversary system will include: the cost of litigation; initiation and service of process and jurisdiction: joinder of parties and claims; the definition of issues through pleadings and admissions; obtaining evidence through discovery, inspection and interrogatories and the limits imposed by privileges and immunities; interlocutory injunctions; pre-trial conferences; mediation; judgment without trial including settlement; the nature of judgment; rights of appeal; and the enforcement of judgments. Duties owed by lawyers to the law, the court, clients, other lawyers and the community will be considered in theory and in practice, both particularly in relation to dispute resolution and more generally, as well as the concept of professional misconduct and wider questions of a lawyer's personal ethics and conflicting duties and values.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 3501
    Course Dispute Resolution and Ethics
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Prerequisites LAW 2504 & LAW 2505
    Incompatible LAW 3001 & LAW 3002
    Restrictions Available to LLB students only
    Course Description This course will cover procedures applicable to the resolution of civil disputes, including conciliation, mediation, arbitration and judgment, together with the ethical obligations that lawyers bring to these procedures. Through problem solving and practical role plays students will be critically introduced to the nature of civil process in South Australian and Federal courts and the respective roles and responsibilities of parties (including their legal representatives), mediators, arbitrators and judges in commencing, continuing and conducting these processes. Particular topics of court adjudication under an adversary system will include: the cost of litigation; initiation and service of process and jurisdiction: joinder of parties and claims; the definition of issues through pleadings and admissions; obtaining evidence through discovery, inspection and interrogatories and the limits imposed by privileges and immunities; interlocutory injunctions; pre-trial conferences; mediation; judgment without trial including settlement; the nature of judgment; rights of appeal; and the enforcement of judgments. Duties owed by lawyers to the law, the court, clients, other lawyers and the community will be considered in theory and in practice, both particularly in relation to dispute resolution and more generally, as well as the concept of professional misconduct and wider questions of a lawyer's personal ethics and conflicting duties and values.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Anne Hewitt

    This course is jointly coordinated by Margaret Castles and Anne Hewitt.

    Margaret Castles
    Email: margaret.castles@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: 8313 5572
    Office: 330 Ligertwood Building

    Anne Hewitt
    Email: anne.hewitt@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: 8313 4452
    Office: 329 Ligertwood Building

    We are happy to meet with you during my consultation times, by appointment, or to answer questions posted on the DR+E Discussion Board on MyUni.

    Contact information for other teachers in the course will be made available on MyUni.

    Course Timetable

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

    A detailed timetable for the course, showing information for each lecture and seminar, appears below. Scheduling information about which seminars groups will complete practical exercises on specific days is available on MyUni.


     



  • 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 covers the material in the Priestly 11 subjects “Civil Procedure” and “Ethics and Professional Responsibility”.In particular, it covers the following Priestly 11 material:

    Civil Procedure -
    · Court adjudication under an adversary system.
    · The cost of litigation and the use of costs to control litigation.
    · Service of originating process - as foundation of jurisdiction and choice of forum.
    · Joinder of claims and parties, including the defence of prior adjudication as instances of the public interest in avoiding a multiplicity of proceedings and inconsistent verdicts.
    · Defining the questions for trial - pleadings, notices to admit and other devices.
    · Obtaining evidence - discovery of documents, interrogatories, subpoena and other devices.
    · Disposition without trial, including the compromise of litigation.
    · Extra judicial determination of issues arising in the course of litigation.
    · Judgement.
    · Appeal.
    · Enforcement.

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility -
    · Professional and personal conduct in respect of a practitioner’s duty:
    (a) To the law;
    (b) To the Courts;
    (c) To clients, including a basic knowledge of the principles relating to the holding of money on trust; and
    (d) To fellow practitioners.

    The specific learning outcomes of the course are the development of:
    1. Knowledge of legislation, rules and cases that govern civil procedure in South Australian and Federal Courts.
    2. Ability to critically analyse and apply legislation, rules and cases in context.
    3. Capacity to exercise judgement in the management of a civil dispute.
    4. Appreciation and critical understanding of different models of dispute resolution.
    5. Capacity to identify factual and legal issues.
    6. Excellent research skills.
    7. Problem solving and solution generation skills.
    8. A deep appreciation of ethical principles which govern legal practice.
    9. An awareness of the multi-faceted dimensions of civil disputes and their resolution.
    10. An ability to communicate and operate effectively independently and as a member of a team.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Margaret castles and Anne Hewitt, Dispite Resolution and Ethics (Thomson Reuters, 2014)
    • Dispute Resolution and Ethics 2013 seminar guides and workbooks (available on MyUni and from Image and Copy Centre)
    • Supreme Court Rules Forms and Practice Directions (SA) 2006. May be purchased at State  Government Book Shop, but readily available online at SA Courts website:  http://www.courts.sa.gov.au
    • Law Society of South Australia, Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules. Available from the Law Society of SA website: http://www.lawsocietysa.asn.au/other/profstand.asp
    Recommended Resources
    A range of additional resources are available online and in the library, which you may find of assistance. Look on the MyUni site, or ask the librarians or course coordinators for suggestions.
    Online Learning
    Selected course materials will be made available on MyUni. This will include all seminar guides, assessment information and instructions, audio recordings of lectures and all lecture PowerPoints. Tools for individual preparation, practical exercises and some assessment exercises will also be offered online throughout the semester. Students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with these materials and additional learning resources throughout the semester.

    In addition to lectures and seminars students will have the opportunity to complete 6 self-directed interactive online learning modules throughout the semester. These modules provide additional flexible learning and revision opportunities relevant to important practical skills and substantive issues throughout the course. Detail of these modules is provided in the learning activities summary below.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be taught through lectures supported by interactive problem-solving seminars and practical exercises developing primary material, and online self-directed learning modules.
    Workload

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

    Students will be expected to attend a two hour lecture and either one or two two-hour seminars each week. This will amount to a total of 40 seminar hours during the semester. A detailed week by week schedule for the course will be provided on MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary

     

    WEEK + TOPIC

    Lecture

    Seminar 1

    Seminar 2

    Additional flexible learning/revision

    Assessment

    WEEK 1

    Introduction to ethical dispute resolution

    Lecture 1

    The history of the civil procedural system, role of ADR, concepts of adversarialism and conflict resolution, legal ethical obligations and the central importance of the lawyer/client relationship as defined by ethical principles.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Introductory questions, ethics exercise and jurisdiction problems.

     

    ALL STUDENTS

    Client interviewing and litigation in practice: identify: cause of action and material facts; develop a strategic plan taking into account interests of client; plan a Rule 33 letter (pre action offer of settlement).

    ALL STUDENTS

    Flexible learning Module # 1 – group work.

    Complete online flexible learning module on effective group work skills and strategies

    Each student must complete 5 preparation and participation exercises during the semester.  The due dates for three of these exercises are set out below. The due dates for the case summaries will be provided by your tutor.

    Week 2

    Alternative dispute resolution

    Lecture 2 (public holiday - lecture will be pre-recorded)

    ADR within the court system – where, when and how?  Options, legal issues, and implementation of agreements. Mediation principles, process and practice.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Making ADR work – binding ADR agreements, problem solving, and preventative lawyering.

    Workshop – problem solving to avoid litigation.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Group work workshop and creation of legal teams. Preparing a dispute resolution strategy for the group implementing ADR principles (forms part of one 2% participation exercise)

     

     

    Week 3

    The progress of a court case, the role of pleadings, and the Statement of Claim

    Lecture 3

    Court process – from R33 to judgment, contrasting SC, FC and Magistrates Court.

    Introduction to pleadings.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Material facts and jurisdiction for litigation.

    Pleadings principles and exercises.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Evaluating and drafting pleadings, identification and discussion of preliminary issues. Drafting simple statement of claim.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Flexible learning Module # 2 – pleadings.

    Complete online flexible learning module on drafting pleadings. This module is particularly useful for the assessed pleadings exercise.

    Pleadings and Ethics Exercise released:

    • Individually assessed – worth 20%. Wednesday 16 April at 2.00pm.

    Participation Exercise # 1 Due: To be handed to your tutor in the first seminar this week.

    Week 4

    Pleadings continued – the Defence

    Lecture 4

    Pleadings – drafting a defence.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Responding to a Statement of Claim. 

    ALL STUDENTS –

    Workshop – drafting a defence. 

     

     

    Week 5

    Disclosure and privilege

    Lecture 5

    Disclosure, production, and introduction to privilege. 

    Advocacy demonstration.

    ALL STUDENTS

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    Getting the facts straight: Pleadings, documents, evidence,

    ALL STUDENTS

    Disclosure and production: case analysis and problem solving

    ALL STUDENTS

    Flexible learning Module # 3 – disclosure.

    Complete online flexible learning module on rules and practice of disclosure of documents.

    Participation Exercise # 2 Ethics Quiz: duedate for completion Thursday 3 April at 6.00 pm.

    Week 6

    Privilege

    Lecture 6

    Privilege and immunity – complex rules and specific cases

    ALL STUDENTS

    Disclosure, production and privilege – prepare a list of documents; grounds for privilege.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Advocacy demonstration and discussion.

    Preparing for an interlocutory application and in-class argument.

     

     

     

     

    Mid-Semester Break

    ALL STUDENTS

    Flexible learning Module # 4 – pleadings.

    Complete online flexible learning module on preparing for an interlocutory application and drafting affidavits. This module is particularly useful for the practical exercises in weeks 7 and 9, and the associated assessment.

     

    Pleadings and Ethics Exercise Due: Wednesday 16 April at 2.00pm

    Week 7

    Using pre-trial processes

    Lecture 7

    Other information gathering processes – interrogation, notices to admit. The ethics of investigation and disclosure.

    Ensuring personal wellbeing in law.

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 1 seminars – Interlocutory application number 1.

    Group 2 seminars – Prepare for interlocutory application number 2.

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 2 seminars  – Interlocutory application number 1

    Group 1 seminars – Prepare for interlocutory application number 2.

     

    Complete written material re Interlocutory application #1 (a component of discovery exercise due in week 10 - group assessment)

    Week 8

    Maintaining the status quo and mediation practice

    Lecture 7

    Status quo procedures including injunctions, Anton Pillar orders and orders to preserve property. Ethics and ex parte applications and unrepresented parties.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Using pre-trial investigatory procedures and status quo procedures.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Mediation demonstration.

    Workshop – mediation practice and theory for civil litigators. Ethics and mediation.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Flexible learning Module # 5 – investigatory procedures.

    Complete online flexible learning module on investigatory procedures and tools pleadings. This module is particularly useful for the week 9 interlocutory application.

     

    Week 9

    Costs

    Lecture 8

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 1 seminars – interlocutory application number 2.

    Group 2 seminars – preparing for application number 2 and writing up for assignment.

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 2 seminars - interlocutory application number 2.

    Group 1 seminars – writing up for assignment.

     

    Complete written material re Interlocutory application #2 (a component of discovery exercise due in week 10 - group assessment)

    Week 10

    Ethics, dispute resolution and adversarialism

    Lecture 9

    Dispute Resolution theory, strategies, and ethics.

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 1 seminars –mediation exercise.

    Group 2 seminars – finalise Discovery Exercise.

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 2 seminars - mediation exercise.

    Group 1 seminars – finalise Discovery Exercise.

     

    Discovery Exercise due:       Thursday 22 May at 2.00 pm.  Group assessment worth 20%.

    Week 11

    Comparative jurisdiction

     

     

    Lecture11

    Federal Practice and Magistrates Court practice.

     

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 1 seminars –negotiation exercise.

    Group 2 seminars – complete ethics quiz.

    PRACTICAL EXERCISE - HALF OF SEMINAR GROUPS ATTEND

    Group 2 seminars -negotiation exercise.

    Group 1 seminars – complete ethics quiz.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Flexible learning Module # 6 – ethics.

    Complete online flexible learning module on models of ethical behaviour.   This module is particularly useful revision for the ethics quiz in week 12.

     

    Week 12

    Resolution, judgment, appeals and enforcement

    Lecture 12

    Appeals, enforcement of judgements, setting aside, res judicata and issue estoppels.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Problems on appeals, enforcement of judgements, setting aside, res judicata and issue estoppels.

    ALL STUDENTS

    Revision – complex problems involving multiple issues.

     

    Participation Exercise # 3 Ethics Quiz: duedate for completion Thursday 5 June at 6.00 pm.

    Week 13

    Revision

     

    NO LECTURE BECAUSE OF PUBLIC HOLIDAY – A makeup revision lecture will be scheduled

    All 6 flexible learning modules will be available online for revision purposes.




    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Each student in this course will work in a small team to progress a client's case across the course of the semester. Under the supervision of a more senior lawyer (your seminar leader) your team will:
    • Advise your client about how to use the civil litigation process;
    • Review pleadings on behalf of your client;
    • Make and defend applications for interlocutory orders in two adervsarial courtroom exercises;
    • Engage in a negotiation to try and resolve the dispute.
    Each of these activities will require your team to explore the rules of civil procedure and apply them to your client's situation in a simulated practice environment.

  • 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

    Due date

    Group or individual assessment

    Redeemable

    Learning objectives

    1 x group constitution and dispute resolution clause

    2%

    First seminar in week 3 (18 or 19 March)

    Group

    No

    1-10

    2 x case summaries

     2% each

    Students will be assigned 2 cases in week 1, each with a specific due date

     Individual

    No

    1-10

    2 x online quiz

    2% each

    3 April 6.00pm and 5 June 6.00pm

    Individual

    No

    1-10

    Pleadings and Ethics Exercise

    20%

    Wednesday 16 April at 2.00pm

    Individual

    No

    1-10

    Disclosure Exercise   

    20%

    22 May at 2.00 pm. 

    Group

    No

    1-10

    Exam

    50%

    Exam Period

    Individual

    No

    1-10

    Assessment Related Requirements
    ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT

    Students who miss more than THREE (3) seminars during the course of the semester will be unable to pass the course. Students may complete make-up work for seminars missed for compassionate or medical reasons at the discretion of seminar leaders. The precise nature of this make up work will depend on the seminar missed and will be negotiated with the seminar leader.

    This subject prepares students for legal practice in SA and is a prerequisite for admission to the Bar in SA. It is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of civil and criminal litigation, which will be further studied at post graduate level prior to admission as a legal practitioner. Skills such as critical evaluation, exercising legal and forensic judgment, appreciation of the operation of judicial discretion, and the capacity to communicate legal procedural argument clearly and effectively are critical to practice in this area.

    The appreciation of legal ethical principles is also an important graduate attribute. Whilst legal ethics are couched in absolute terms, in practical application, there is considerable subjectivity at play. Seminars in this subject make regular reference to ethical dilemmas, and draw on students to engage in evaluation and resolution of such dilemmas by reference to given principles, and legal and social outcomes. The practice of law requires lawyers to be able to identify and resolve such issues, and this is almost always only achievable by consultation with peers and other professionals. Including such issues in seminars, and assessing students’ capacity to approach them in a professional and effective manner, is a necessary aspect of teaching future legal professionals, and is best achieved by direct observation and participation in class. The seminars are predicated on the assumption that students have undertaken given preparation, and approach the subject matter at a relatively sophisticated level based on this preparation. Individual or small groups of students will often be asked to prepare issues for discussion, to undertake small research exercises, or to otherwise contribute to future seminars. Activities of this nature are an essential part of being an effective professional in the legal field. Small class sizes (24) and a strong focus on interactive learning make methodology such as this an effective way of developing students strategic and forensic thinking skills.

    For these reasons attendance and satisfactory participation in in seminars is compulsory. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to take the exam. Responsibility for monitoring attendance and participation is set out below.

    Models of class participation are varied to meet different educational styles, cultural approaches, and gender implications. They include:
    • small group discussions (groups of 4 – 6) with different students invited to convene and record discussion
    • tutors moving between groups and assisting with discussion.
    • large group discussion with emphasis on directed questions, and reporting on preparatory work done for seminars
    • working in pairs on case evaluation and discussion
    • students being given specific small preparatory tasks for seminar, so that they have the opportunity to prepare and be confident of delivery and are not “put on the spot” 
    • students assisting each other in answering questions or developing themes in class discussions.

    It is expected that tutors will identify students strengths and weaknesses and utilise these strategies so as to encourage development and confidence and ensure equality of participation.

    Responsibility for monitoring attendance and participation is shared between seminar leaders and students as follows:

    Attendance - Students who miss more than 3 seminars during the semester MUST contact their seminar leader to establish whether make-up work for the missed seminars is possible. IT IS EACH STUDENT’S OWN RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR THEIR ATTENDANCE AND ENSURE THEY HAVE SATISFIED THE MINIUMUM ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT.

    Satisfactory participation - If students have satisfied the attendance requirement, but have failed to satisfactory participate in seminars, this will be brought to their attention by the SEMINAR LEADER. The seminar leader and student will then discuss the participation requirements of the course and any obstacles to participation by the student. If appropriate, additional work (as negotiated by the seminar leader and student) may be completed by the student to supplement their participation.
    Assessment Detail
    1. Individually assessed pleadings and ethics exercise – 20%
    The assignment will require students to comment on a Statement of Claim and prepare a Defence and an attached memorandum based upon a given factual scenario. Assignment instructions will be posted on MyUni.
    DUE DATE Wednesday 16 April at 2.00pm.

    2. Group assessed discovery and ethics exercise – 20%
    Assignment instructions will be posted on MyUni.
    DUE DATE Friday 22 May at 2.00 pm.

    3. Preparation/participation exercises – 10%
    Each student must complete 5 exercises to a satisfactory standard. Completion of a written exercise to that standard is worth 2% for a total of 10%.
    a. 2 x individually completed case summaries which must be posted online by specified due dates;
    b. 2 x individual completion of online quizzes; and
    c. 1 x group exercise drafting a group constitution and ADR clause.
    Information regarding each exercise will be posted on MyUni. All exercises must be completed by the stated due date for that exercise.

    4. Examination – 50%
    To be held during the examination period. The exam will be a minimum of 2 hours in duration plus reading time.
    Submission
    • Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Student’s results will be withheld until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet.
    • All group assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
    • Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism (refer to policy on plagiarism above).
    • Late submission penalty – assignments submitted after the due time and date without an extension granted by the Course Coordinator will be subject to a penalty of 5% of the total mark possible every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an assignment 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. Extensions on medical or compassionate grounds will be in accordance with University Policy (see below).
    • Word length penalty - assignments which exceed the allocated length (word length or page limit) will be subject to a penalty of 5% of total marks available per 100 words or part thereof (ie 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.
    • Assignments may be required to be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy.
    • All written work in the Law school is required to comply with the approved Law School style guide, The Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
    • The quality of English expression is considered to be an integral part of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted from assessment because of poor expression, incorrect grammar, typographical errors etc.
    • Unless instructed otherwise, please submit essays in printed form, on A4 size paper, double spaced and with a margin. Assessment work that is not submitted in this form may not be accepted, or may contain no assessment comments.
    • Assignments will be returned to students within 3 weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students will be notified by email when assignments are ready for collection from the Law School Front Office
    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.

    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.

    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.

    In 2013 the SELt responses we received indicated that students were satisfied with the quality of the DRE course, although they found it quite demanding. We were particularly pleased with the positive response in the SELTs about the group work component of the DR+E course. 

    We were also pleased that you appreciated the online components of the course. 2013 was the first year we used the online learning modules, and based on the feedback we received we will refine them and continue them in 2014.

    On the down side, there some students in 2013 who did not find the course structure easy to follow. We will continue to work on developing tools that make the structure easier to follow, and the material easier to locate.
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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 on theLaw School website.

    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.
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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