I took this in 2020 but the website doesn't allow me to submit that option. I was unfortunately quite disappointed with this course. The tutorial questions are marked based on the correctness of your answer, which is weird given that it is completed even before the relevant seminar. This was also not made clear to any students so we were all caught by surprise with those marks.
David encourages discussion and participation, which is great, but doesn't provide context to which students are on the right track or what the answers to legal issues are. I've come out of many classes with more questions than before I went in. A very large part of the tax issues I discussed for the final exam were things that I researched entirely on my own and were never discussed in the course in any way.
David also responds rudely to student emails that he did not like to receive, even when you are seeking feedback to improve your performance.
The course provided a solid foundation for taxation law. It was an excellent course because of its rigour, and analytical basis, which provided a strong and solid understanding of fundamental taxation law concepts. Much feedback was given for both the mid-semester exam, and tutorials. An optional timed practice exam also provided excellent practice for us to determine our progress in the course.
The lectures also drew on real-life examples, including political debates about taxation, without getting political. This gave a sense of how relevant and important taxation law is.
David really cares about his students, and gives engaging examples to help you understand concepts (I still remember him teaching is risk aversion based on him talking about whether to wear shorts to university - some older students won't like this but I find it more engaging, rather than sitting through a dry lecture.) He is great at not just explaining legal theory but also brings a broader macroenvironmental perspective, along with a solid understanding of incentives, human psychology and other economic insights applicable to your studies.
I find his classes educational and informative, and tests and assignments fair, and I took several of his classes. If you apply yourself and work hard, you will do well.
He creates slides and/or readings as required, doesn't generally assign textbooks unless critical, and had a very down to earth, engaging teaching style.
Semester 1 - 2011
Masters Applied Law
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Approachable and dedicated
Little unstructured and personable for some people.