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The New Lawyer: Foundations of Law, 1st Edition

The New Lawyer: Foundations of Law, 1st Edition (James et al.) has been written for first year Australian law students to make the transition to law not feel so overwhelming. The book addresses the law threshold learning outcomes (TLOs), and outlines what students should know, understand and be able to do after their first year of study.

Available as a full colour printed textbook with an interactive eBook code, this title enables every student to master concepts and succeed in assessment. Lecturers are supported with an extensive, easy-to-use teaching and learning package.

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Designed for Learning


Our text has been designed with a ‘transitional pedagogy’ to assist students with a successful transition to legal learning.

Threshold Learning Outcomes

Our text provides a structured approach to delivering on the law TLOs. Co-author Professor Rachael Field is an expert in this field and was one of the academics that drafted the law TLOs.

Practice-Focused Solutions

Our interactive eBook supports students by providing practice and feedback at the point of learning.

Powerful Digital Capabilities

Available as a full colour printed textbook with an interactive eBook code, this title enables every student to master concepts and succeed in assessment. Lecturers are supported with an extensive, easy-to-use teaching and learning package.

Wiley Interactive E-Text
Wiley Interactive E-Text
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Practitioner Videos
Practitioner Videos

Video insights from practitioners help students connect course concepts with real-world local cases


Animations and interactives embedded at the point of learning bring course concepts to life.

Concept Check questions
Concept Check questions

Students can test their comprehension and get instant feedback with interactive Concept Check questions, embedded at the point of learning.

Search, highlight and annotate
Search, highlight and annotate

Interactive textbook lets students search, highlight and take notes within the text for efficient study

14 Foundation Law Topics

  • Chapter 1. The life of a lawyer
  • Chapter 2. Fundamental legal concepts
  • Chapter 3. A history of Australian 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 collaborating skills

Team of Authors

Professor Nick James is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University. He is a former commercial lawyer, and has been a practising academic since 1996. His areas of teaching expertise include business and commercial law, law in society and legal theory, company law, the law of succession and property law. He has won numerous awards for his teaching including a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and he is the author of three textbooks Business Law, Critical Legal Thinking and The New Lawyer. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the areas of legal education, critical thinking and critical legal theory. Professor James is the Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education, Editor-in-Chief of the Legal Education Review and a member of the Executive Committee of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA).

Rachael Field is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University, and a member of the executive committee of the Centre for Professional Legal Education. Her areas of research expertise include dispute resolution, legal education, family law and domestic violence. Rachael is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, member of the Fellows Executive and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2010, Rachael contributed significantly to the drafting of the Threshold Learning Outcomes for law, which have had national and international impact. She has a portfolio of more than 80 scholarly publications, many of which are legal education focussed, and is co-author of four books. In 2013 Rachael was named Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year.
Jackson Walkden-Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University. Jackson’s principal areas of teaching and research include legal education theory, legal foundations, animal law and entertainment law. He has designed curricula for a significant number of compulsory, elective and clinical law subjects, for both traditional and online delivery. For most of his academic career, Jackson has also maintained a part-time practice as a solicitor, specialising in entertainment law. He has a keen interest in exploring the digital disruption of legal services and embracing technological advances to develop new and innovative ways to deliver cost-effective legal services to his clients. Jackson also has extensive practical experience in the pro bono sector and an ongoing relationship with a number of community legal centres and volunteer organisations.

Customise your Learning Path

We offer you the flexibility to design the optimal learning path for your course.

Based on your course goals, you can customise a Wiley resource within your Learning Management System and build a seamless learning design around it. From your LMS, create links to a Wiley textbook’s page, paragraph or even a sentence; keep only what’s relevant, hide sections your students don’t need to see, and create customised reading assignments to allow a truly unique learning experience. Students have fast and easy access to quality, relevant content at the point of learning – with everything they need in one place. 

Pricing that Everyone Can Afford

Students can purchase their The New Lawyer: Foundations of Law, 1st Edition (James et al.) textbook from Wiley Direct.

Wiley Direct is an initiative of the Wiley Affordability Program. As part of our ongoing commitment to higher education, the Wiley Affordability Program is dedicated to providing students with premium Wiley learning resources at an affordable price.

We believe that every student has a right to access quality resources, no matter what their budget is. Now, we are even better equipped than before to do what we do best; help teachers teach and students learn.



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