Your first law unit in the LL.B (Hons) is Foundations of Law (LAW1111), and is crucial to laying the ground work for your law studies. The Law Library works with you, providing resources and skill building to help you succeed.
Watch this short clip from La Trobe Uni.
Use these databases and websites to find the meaning of legal abbreviations, legal definitions, cases referred to in class, journal articles for your assignment, Victorian Acts of Parliament, and other essential materials held in the Library or online.
Try the popular resources listed below for more information.
You can also find law databases, cases, legislation and secondary sources in the other tabs on the this Library guide.
To locate a case you need to identify the elements of a case citation. For example:
R v Fitchett (2009) 23 VR 91
Party names = R (appellant) v Fitchett (defendant) (Appeal case)
Year of law report/judgment = 2009
Law report volume = 23
Law report series = VR (Victorian Reports)
Beginning page number = 91
Post in the Library's Research and Learning Skills forum in your LAW1111 Moodle unit
or come to the Research and Learning Point in the Law Library on Level 1.
Learn essential research and writing skills for law, so that you will be able to find and evaluate the most relevant resources, and write excellent legal assignments.
In your first semester, you should complete each of the following:
Note that the Library Research quiz is worth 5% of your LAW1111 mark.
PLUS - Use the online class booking system to book into:
1. Law Study Skills seminars and Law Assignment Strategies seminars run during semester, and
2. AGLC Bingo - for a fun way to learn the legal citation rules, run in Week 7.
Also, take a look at the materials on Research and Writing for Assignments on the Library's Research and Learning Online site. Find out how to understand the assignment, apply critical thinking, and write effectively.
Take a look at these short videos to find out how to:
1. Improve your ability to write a clear statement of your position in relation to an assignment question ( NOTE: The question used is not a current assignment question. It asks students to comment on the effects of legal representation on the outcome of a hearing.)
2. Strengthen your argument by using some critical thinking techniques.
The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) should be used to cite and reference your sources for all Faculty of Law assignments.
Try the resources below to understand more about when and how to cite effectively.