1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into BLAWLPR-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
1a Admission into BLAWLPRG-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry)
1b Admission into BLAWLPRH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)
1c Admission into BLAWLPRGH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry) (Honours)
1d Admission into BLAWS-Bachelor of Laws
1e Admission into BLAWSH-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
1f Admission into BLLAW-Bachelor of Laws
1g Admission into BLLAWH-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
1h Admission into BLLAWFP-Bachelor of Laws - City Campus
1i Admission into BLLAWHFP-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - City Campus
1j Admission into CLAWBU-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business - City Campus
1k Admission into CLAWIR-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations and Political Science - City Campus
1l Admission into CLAWIT-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Information Technology - City Campus
1m Admission into CLAWAC-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Accounting - City Campus
1n Admission into CLAWCR-Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology - City Campus
2 18 units of second year LLAW topics
3 1 of LLAW2212, LLAW3312
4 1 of LLAW2214, LLAW2313
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n) and 2 and 3 and 4)
Enrolment not permitted
LLAW3048 has been successfully completed
Topic description
The topic aims to familiarise students with the regulation of the 'family' within Australian society and to assess the impact of current laws and procedures relating to the family. Areas covered may include: definitions of 'family'; marriage and nullity; divorce and family breakdown; financial and property adjustment; disputes relating to children; de facto relationships; status of children (legal issues arising from assisted and artificial reproduction, surrogacy, adoption etc); procedural aspects (including the Family Court, role of lawyers and counsellors, ethical responsibilities of family lawyers, alternative dispute resolution in family law).
Educational aims
The topic aims to provide:

  • students with a critical understanding of the legal principles governing marriages and marriage-like relationships, their formation, dissolution, and regulation by the State disciplines
  • students with a critical understanding of the courts and other dispute resolution mechanisms in the area of family law
  • access to a range of research from sociology and other disciplines, and to ensure that students understand how this research is relevant to assessing the effectiveness of the family law system
  • a learning environment that encourages students to develop skills in independent research, written presentations, and group work
Expected learning outcomes
After completing this topic it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of family law principles by applying those principles to hypothetical fact situations
  • critically analyse and evaluate aspects of the family law system, utilising research from law and other related disciplines
  • evaluate recent family law reforms and reform proposals
  • communicate information and ideas about family law effectively