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JD Academic Mentoring – Problem Questions Tuesday 25 th March 2014 Presenters: Callum Davidson, Aleks Miller, Chris Burch
How are law assignments different? No need for emotive language Clear and to the point No need to say more than you absolutely have to Stricter and clearer structure Engaging with sources closer The word count is tight! This helps you write concisely It won’t go away – submissions to the Supreme Court are limited to 4 pages!
Problem Questions Using the law to resolve the issue at hand Provision of legal advice to the characters in the question Not just retelling what the law is – you need to use the law and come to a conclusion No need for an introduction or conclusion (unless you have words to spare)
I – Issue R – Rule A – Application C – Conclusion
I – Issue R – Rule A – Application Bulk of answer C – Conclusion
I – Issue R – Rule A – Application Bulk of answer C – Conclusion one or two sentences
Application You will hear your lecturers say, “work with the facts”, but what does this mean?
It can be argued that, as AMG was responsible for ensuring that the venue was safe for the intended invitees (teenagers, many of whom were under 16), it had responsibility to ensure that potentially dangerous, antisocial and/or intoxicated individuals were not permitted onto the venue. However, AMG was not under a statutory obligation to control violent/antisocial behaviour. The decision in Adeels Palace Pty Ltd v Moubarak was largely based on the consideration of not placing an unreasonable burden on the defendant, a salient feature. As the defendant in that case was already under a statutory obligation to control violent/disorderly behaviour, being a licenced premises, extending its liability to common law would not increase the overall burden on it. Application - Comparing Facts of Cases
Here, however, to impose on AMG a duty to control antisocial behaviour would increase the burden on them unreasonably. To control it effectively they would possibly need to do background checks on those buying tickets, observe the behaviour of those entering the venue and perhaps refusing entry for some, checking all entrants for possession of drugs and monitoring the behaviour of invitees during the concert and all other concerts AMG operate. This would require an unreasonable amount of resources and expenses. If comparing multiple cases to the facts, think about which case is most similar
Conclusion Best to conclude each part as you go – e.g. “It is most probable that a duty was owed to Jessica” At end you should briefly state the practical consequences for the party you are advising o In the contract law context this could be “ A does not need to pay the $1000 to B” o It may be relevant to mention other options available to the parties e.g. mediation or negotiation since court action has its setbacks (of course it depends on what the question is asking you to do, your assignment only asks you do advise whether there is a contract)
Word Count Tips Get rid of all unnecessary words – Do you really need that adjective? Do you really need that “however” or “therefore”? Think of other, shorter, ways to say what you want to say But don’t cut out words so much that the sentence starts to mean something else or becomes grammatically incorrect (according to lecturers this happens a lot)
Referencing Unless otherwise stated, use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation Copies are available in the Law Library PDF is available from the Melbourne Law School website You can find it easily through the Blackstone Website: Blackstone’s Education Handbook also links you to the Law Library’s Tutorial on using the AGLC: