Legal Institutions and Methods

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Legal Institutions and Methods

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject provides students with an introduction to the legal system in Australia and its core institutions, with a particular emphasis on courts, including the court hierarchy, the doctrine of precedent, reading and analysing cases and observation of court proceedings. The subject will require students to critically assess the differential impact that the legal system - particularly the criminal justice system - has on particular groups in society, including Indigenous Australians. The subject also covers legal methods with particular emphasis on the fundamentals of legal research and problem-solving.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.