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The New Lawyer + iStudy

The New Lawyer + iStudy

Nickolas James, Rachael Field

ISBN: 978-1-118-54087-9

544 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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The New Lawyer is written for first year law students and will introduce the next generation of lawyers to the environment of law and the professional attributes they should possess to be a successful lawyer. Academic reflection on the first year experience for law students and increased attention on developing career ready skills has significantly influenced the approach of this textbook. The text presents the knowledge a future lawyer is expected to know, the core skills a future lawyer is expected to have and behaviours a future lawyer should possess.

The text presents concepts in an engaging writing style. Students have the opportunity to apply their understanding of concepts and develop appropriate skills by completing activities in the chapters. The text is suitable for courses on legal skills and methods, legal foundations and frameworks, and introduction to the law and legal system.

The iStudy contains interactive modules and local videos to enhance your understanding of key concepts. Each interactive module contains a summarised version of the textbook with the inclusion of audio voiceover and interactive activities designed to test your knowledge and assist your learning.

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Chapter 1 – The life of a lawyer
Chapter 2 – The basic concepts
Chapter 3 – The history of law
Chapter 4 – The Australian legal system
Chapter 5 – The sources of law in Australia


Chapter 6 – Legal research skills
Chapter 7 – Interpretation skills
Chapter 8 – Thinking skills
Chapter 9 – Communication and collaboration skills
Chapter 10 – Self management skills


Chapter 11 – Realistic
Chapter 12 – Committed to justice
Chapter 13 – Ethical
Chapter 14 – Globally minded

  • Content is influenced by and written around the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for Law with integrated links to the TLOs of Knowledge, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Collaboration and Communication, Thinking Skills , Research Skills and Self-Management Skills throughout the text
  • Legal Skill boxes in each chapter require students to ‘think’, ‘collaborate’, ‘rephrase’ or ‘research’ legal concepts
  • Chapter vignettes ‘Law in the media’ and ‘Perspectives on the law’ connect legal theory to legal precedence and actual legal events
  • Revision questions require students to synthesise and critically evaluate legal concepts
    Inclusion of law cases encourage deep learning and require to students apply legal reasoning
  • Chapter Checklist is a bullet list of key learning objectives
  • End of chapter exercises are ideal for tutorial discussion
  • The text is divided into 3 Parts: ‘Knowing’, ‘Doing’ and ‘Being’
    - ‘Knowing’ addresses the broad areas of knowledge that must be understood by every new law student
    - ‘Doing’ focuses on the fundamental legal skills required by every law student and lawyer
    - ‘Being’ is concerned with four personal traits essentials to success as a new lawyer