LAWS3137 Australian Consumer Law

Student: Rebecca Sutton (2014)

Please give us a brief overview of the main topics studied in the course
The ACL elective deals with the new consumer legislation, introduced in 2010, which includes provisions on unfair contracts, consumer guarantees and misleading and deceptive conduct. The class considers topics such as misleading advertisements, lay-by sales and penalties for breaching the provisions.

What were the course assessments and your thoughts about them?
The assessment schedule for ACL is composed of class participation, an essay outline and a 5,000 word essay. Class participation is supplemented by occasional homework assignments, which are presented in class. The essay is free choice, which means that students can choose to focus on the facet of the course which most interests them.

Do you have any other thoughts or comments?
The ACL elective is probably one of the most relevant and useful that I have done in law school. Deborah Healey brings an amazing level of knowledge to her teaching due to her experiences working with the ACCC. Doing the class over summer made it feel slightly rushed, as we didn’t hit on all the topics, but it was still an excellent course despite this.