Course Title: Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Vanessa Johnston

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99251083

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Through this course you will begin to develop an understanding of what it means to be a globally-minded and ethical lawyer. The course covers crucial foundational knowledge of the Australian legal system in the context of an increasingly globalised world. This includes the sources of law and the institutions of the legal system. It will introduce concepts of justice, fairness and human rights to help you become a critical thinker. You will also develop fundamental skills in legal reasoning, research, writing, and problem-solving skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Critically discuss the role of law in Australia and in diverse societies and its relationship to concepts of justice and fairness through the lens of human rights.

CLO2: Explain the features of the Australian legal system, including the sources of Australian law, its institutions and concepts.

CLO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational concepts of statutory interpretation and how judges and lawyers interpret legal texts.

CLO4: Evaluate the diverse roles, ethics and skills required of lawyers in a globalised world.

CLO5: Demonstrate legal research, writing and communication skills.

CLO6: Work and learn independently and reflect on and assess personal capabilities and performance.

CLO7: Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and collaborate effectively.


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of lectures, tutorials, self directed learning, participation through in-class and online activities, legal writing exercises, collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects, short answer and multiple choice practice in class and a final examination.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Assessment Task 2: 10%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.