Course Title: Legal Practice in Family Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Practice in Family Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Belinda Clarence

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5560

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is aimed at students in their final semesters and should not be undertaken early in the degree. We therefore introduce the following course as assumed knowledge: 

054027 Principles of Company Law 

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the practice of Family Law for the legal practitioner. The aim is to introduce law students to aspects of family law legislation and cases to assist students to practice in this jurisdiction. The course develops student legal practice skills in Family Law and family dispute resolution and critically engages with law reform options in this jurisdiction. The course also engages with legal practice ethical dilemmas in Family Law. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will: 

CLO1: Describe and explain the process of family law and family dispute resolution in Australia. 

CLO2: Critically evaluate the Family Law system in Australia and identify areas for legal reform. 

CLO3: Analyse and research problems relating to Family Law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives. 

CLO4: Demonstrate legal skills relating to Family Law and family dispute resolution and reflect on ethical dilemmas in the jurisdiction. 




Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities generally comprise the following: 

• Leading and participating in class discussion on legal problems and policy issues and engaging in roleplays; 
• Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. Class activities, recordings, notes and outcomes 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

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1 & 3 

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4