LAW 6003A - Adelaide Law Review part A (Hons)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Adelaide Law Review part A and part B explores the field of law at a sophisticated level through critical analysis of existing law and policy. These subjects require students to review, analyse and synthesise scholarly research of experienced scholars in the field of law. This subject requires students to exercise critical thinking and judgment in their analysis of existing legal policy and develop new understanding of research pathways through the review of legal scholarship. Students demonstrate these skills through the drafting of proposed legal reform, advising and editing researchers on their scholarly writing and reporting.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 6003A
    Course Adelaide Law Review part A (Hons)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available only to Bachelor of Laws Honours students
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Matthew Stubbs

    Course Timetable

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

    This course runs across semesters 1 and 2, in parts A and B, and is worth a total of 3 units of credit for completion of both semesters (it is not possible to undertake only one semester of the course).
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course focuses on the following themes throughout the year:

    Legal Publishing,
    its Role in Legal Scholarship and the Adelaide Law Review The first classes of this elective will involve an engagement in the literature as to the role of the law review. Since the 1930s articles have been written announcing the death of the law review or, more recently, the need to kill them off.

    We will then acquaint students with the Adelaide Law Review, its history and its place in Australian legal scholarship. We will discuss the importance of peer review, the process of managing a law review article from submission to publication and the role of student assistants and their ethical obligations.

    The Skilled Editor The remainder of the course will involve developing practical skills associated with the editing of a journal. Students will work with the editors to review and evaluate work. Students will make suggestions as to style, conformity with the citation guide and accuracy of quotation. They will, under the supervision of the editors, liaise with authors and the publisher.

    The Budding Author
    the course, students will prepare two pieces of written work: a case note on a
    selected superior court decision, or a comment on a current legal issue of
    importance, in each semester. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate
    writing skills associated with legal publishing. The best case note(s) and
    comment(s) will be considered for publication in the Adelaide Law Review.

    Legal scholarship is at the core of the study of law. The learning objectives of this course are numerous but in general students will be engaged in the review and preparation for publication of original legal scholarship. They will be required to critique and evaluate the writing of leading scholars as well as review and reflect upon their own scholarship.

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Develop and demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the basic principles behind legal academic publishing. This will include the ethical issues relating to peer review and objective assessment of submitted articles to the journal.
    2. Demonstrate the skills of assessment and evaluation across the discipline of law. Students will read and critique submitted articles, case notes and reviews.
    3. Demonstrate good inter-personal and communication skills. This course specifically seeks to develop students’ abilities to work together in an editorial team, communicate with authors through written correspondence, and report to the course coordinator on their editorial work. In addition, students will submit a series of written work for evaluation.
    4. Apply a number of skills associated with the production of an edition of the Adelaide Law Review.
    5. Critique their own work in terms of both style and substance.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is no textbook for this subject. A number of significant articles have been extracted and will be available on MyUni.

    Students MUST have a copy of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th edition). Carry it with you at all times; sleep with it under your pillow at night.
    Recommended Resources
    Any further reading to be announced at the appropriate time.
    Online Learning
    Materials for discussion and editing will be posted on MyUni as the course progresses.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The seminars are central to the learning-teaching process and provide a forum for academic staff and students to engage together with the material. We may use a combination of face-to-face and remote seminars across the course, which will be discussed at the first class (which will be face-to-face).

    Seminar Reading

    Before attending their weekly seminar, students are required to consider the assigned material and form a view on the arguments and information presented. In the first weeks this material will be provided to you. Thereafter both the editors and the students will be working through submitted articles.

    Often students will be required to undertake library searches for references.

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

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. 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 all Seminars throughout the semester each week. In addition to seminars, students should allocate time to private study in the course across the 12 week semester – this includes reading the material, preparing for seminars and undertaking the assessment tasks.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Semester 1
    Week 1 Introduction to course, the place of Law Reviews and the Adelaide Law Review, the role of the Editor
    Week 2 Article review and editing
    Week 3 Article review and editing
    Week 4 Article review and editing
    Week 5 Article review and editing – Case Note Selection
    Week 6 Article review and editing
    Week 7 Article review and editing
    Week 8 Article review and editing
    Week 9 Article review and editing
    Week 10 Article review and editing
    Week 11 Article review and editing
    Week 12 Article review and editing – Case note and Files Due
    See the course outline for part B for the breakdown of activities in semester 2.
  • 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
    This is the assessment for Adelaide Law Review (Hons) (parts A and B combined - the assessment scheme spans the entire year):
    Assessment Task % of final mark Due date Task Type
    Length Redeemable Learning Outcomes
    Editorial Activities (Semester 1) 25% N/A Individual N/A No 1-4
    Editorial Activities (Semester 2) 25% N/A Individual N/A No 1-4
    Case Note or Comment (Semester 1) 25% Case selected week 5 (semester 1)
    Due Friday Week 12
    Individual/Pairs 2,750
    words (individual), 4,000 words (pair)
    No 1-5
    Case Note or Comment (Semester 2) 25% Case selected week 4 (semester 2).
    Due Friday Week 12
    Individual/Pairs 2,750
    words (individual), 4,000 words (pair)
    No 1-5
    Review of an Article Edited by the Student Pass/Fail Friday Week 12, semester 1 Individual 2 pages (using template provided) No 1,2,4
    Assessment Detail
    Editorial Activities (2 x 25%)

    Fifty per cent of the students’ grade in this course will be taken from their role in individually editing one or more articles, their contribution to class discussion and the editing of other articles in the journal.

    Individual editing: Students will, under the supervision of the Editors, be responsible for one or more articles submitted to the journal. They will copy edit the article and place it into style. They will draft letters to authors and assist in the production of the article. The ‘file’ associated with the article(s) will be submitted by Week 12 of semesters 1 and 2 for assessment.

    Contribution to class: Each week, students will be expected to assist the students editing the articles set for that week, and engage in discussion and critique of the article.

    In respect of editorial activities, each student will:

    • Allocate on MyUni a peer assessment mark to the contributions of each other student to the editing of their article;
    • Prepare and submit an ‘editing bundle’ consisting of:
      • a copy of the edited document submitted to the class for discussion;
      • a copy of the revised edited document submitted to the Associate Editors for approval; and
      • a copy of the letter submitted to the Editors in Chief for approval to send to the author.

    Each student’s mark for editorial activities in each semester will be assigned by the course coordinator taking into account:

    • the discussions in the class which considered the edited paper;
    • the peer assessment mark;
    • the materials in the editing bundle; and
    • feedback from the Associate Editors regarding the editing of the article.

    Case Notes or Comments (2 x 25%)

    will submit a case note or comment in each semester.

    Semester 1: The case will be
    selected and announced in Week 5 of Semester 1.

    Semester 2: The case will be
    selected and announced in Week 4 of Semester 2.

    The case note or comment may be completed individually or in a team of 2.

    The assignments will be a maximum of 2,750 words each (for individual) or
    4,000 words (for a pair). This word limit excludes footnotes, however footnotes
    must contain references only and not any substantive material.

    Students may submit a case note/comment in a pair in only one semester.

    The case notes or comments will be due Friday, Week 12 (each semester).

    Footnotes: Students must comply
    with the approved Law School style guide, The Australian Guide to Legal
    Citation, which can be accessed at

    All sources must be acknowledged.

    Honours Article Review
    Students in Adelaide Law Review (Hons) (parts A and B combined) will complete the assessment as above, but their editorial activities in semester 1 will include (in addition) the preparation of a two page review of an article in accordance with the guidelines given to external reviewers.
    When an assessment is submitted after the due date, without an extension, 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 and public holidays. 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.

    5% of the total mark possible for a written assessment will be deducted for every 100 words (or part thereof) by which it exceeds a
    stipulated word limit. For example, a 3000 word essay graded at 63% will have 5% deducted if it is between 3001 and 3100 words long for a final mark of 58%.

    If the essay is between 3101 and 3200 words long, 10% will be deducted for a final mark of 53%, etc. Word limits include all words in the text, in headings, in quotations, but exclude citations in footnotes. Any separate cover page, table of contents, bibliography or list of sources is excluded from the word limit. If the word limit is misstated, this may be regarded as academic dishonesty.
    Course Grading

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

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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.

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

    Finality of Assessment Grades

    Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).

    In accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
    • assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
    • detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
    • sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
    • reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
    • comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
    • automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
    • the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.

    Approval of Results by Board of Examiners
    Students are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester.
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    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 ( 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.

  • Student Support
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    The centre offers 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.

    Lex Salus Program
    Lex Salus (law and wellbeing) is an initiative of the Adelaide Law School aimed at destigmatising mental health issues; promoting physical, mental and emotional wellness; building a strong community of staff and students; and celebrating diversity within the school. It also seeks to promote wellness within the legal profession, through the involvement of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Honourable Chris Kourakis, as the official Patron of the program.

    Students can participate in the Lex Salus program by attending barbecue lunches, pancake breakfasts, knitting and crochet circles, seminars, guest speakers, conferences and other activities. Our Facebook page, website and regular all-student emails promote upcoming events, and have tips and information on wellness.

    Our Lex Salus YouTube channel also includes videos on topics like managing stress, and interviews with LGBTQ lawyers and their supporters which celebrate diversity and individuality. Students who commit to 10 hours of volunteering with Lex Salus in one year can have their service recognised on their academic transcript and through a thank you morning tea with the Chief Justice and law school staff.

    Student Life Counselling Support
    The University’s Student Life Counselling Support service provides free and confidential service to all enrolled students. We encourage you to contact the Student Life Counselling Support service on 8313 5663 to make an appointment to deal with any issues that may be affecting your study and life.
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    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Academic Integrity
    All students must be familiar with the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Academic Misconduct is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Academic Misconduct (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia. Academic Integrity 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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