Connecting with Law

Fourth Edition

Michelle Sanson, Thalia Anthony

Connecting with Law

Fourth Edition

Michelle Sanson, Thalia Anthony






29 Oct 2018




$127.95 AUD

$146.99 NZD

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Think like a lawyer; unlock your future.

Connecting With Law, fourth edition, will challenge students’ assumptions and develop their critical thinking skills while teaching them the practical knowledge they need to succeed in law. Fully revised to incorporate the latest legal developments in Australia, this text introduces students to the foundations of law and the Australian legal system, engaging them with contemporary examples and case studies and helping them to connect with the law.


  • Updated to incorporate the latest legislation, cases and developments, including:
    • the recent Australian Marriage Postal Survey
    • the First Nations Constitutional Convention and the Uluru Statement from the Heart
    • the Adani coal mine proposal
    • Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws (ALRC Report 124)
  • New and updated examples and exercises throughout the text to develop practical skills and develop critical thinking and reflective skills
  • Significantly revised throughout, with new discussion on:
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    • Indigenous Jurisprudence
    • Ecological Jurisprudence
    • Sovereignty and imposition of English law
    • Technocratic justice
    • Freedom of speech
    • Marginalised communities and access to justice
  • New practitioner profiles showcasing a diverse array of careers in the legal profession and beyond
  • New Oxford Ascend Digital Student Resources to help students study and succeed.


Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
Guided Tour

1. Learning Law: How Can I Develop A Legal Mind?
2. Sources: What Is The Law Itself?
3. Legal Institutions: How Is Law Made?
4. Classifying and Practicing Law: How Are Cases Resolved?
5. Research: How Do I Find the Law?
6. Communication: How Do I Engage With Others About the Law?
7. Jurisprudence: What Is Law?
8. History: How Did Australian Law Develop?
9. Australia: Where Do Indigenous Laws Fit In?
10. Precedent: How Do Judicial Decisions Become Law?
11. Statutory Interpretation: How Do Courts Interpret Legislation?
12. The Profession: What Do Lawyers Do?
13. Law in Society: What Are the Problems and Remedies For Accessing Justice?
14. My Law Career: How Can I Best Prepare For It?


Michelle Sanson is an Adjunct Fellow at the Western Sydney University School of Law, an international lawyer and humanitarian.

Thalia Anthony is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at University of Technology Sydney.

The authors recognise the contribution of researchers and feedback from scholars to the current and previous editions of the book, including Aidan Ricketts, David Worswick, Amanda Porter, Dorothea Anthony, Michelle Burgis, Scott Calnan, Nicole Graham, Christine Black, Ashleigh Best, Stephanie Constand, and Angela Dwyer.

Student Resources

Oxford Ascend is the home of online resources for higher education students to help them study and succeed.
Each print copy of Connecting with Law, fourth edition, will come with access to Oxford Ascend Student Resources including:
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Definition matching exercises
  • Sample answers to case summary exercises
  • Discussion answers for Reading and Reflection exercises
  • Problem solving exercises
  • Fact sheets and activity sheets
  • Videos
  • Weblinks to relevant sites
To access your Connecting with Law, fourth edition, Oxford Ascend Student Resources:
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  3. Activate the code (printed inside the back cover of your textbook) within your account
This code can only be activated once. Once activated, access is valid for the life of the edition.

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers who prescribe Connecting with Law, fourth edition, for their course:

  • Updated Instructor’s Resource Manual, with:
    • Answers to exercises and problems in the text
    • Mock unit outline
    • Examples of student essays and assessments
    • Copies of all Oxford Ascend student fact sheets and activity sheets
  • PowerPoint slides

For more information about the resources for Connecting with Law, fourth edition, please contact your Oxford Learning Resource Consultant.

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