• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

Although a subset of legal drafting, commercial drafting is extremely broad with areas like contract law, corporate law, banking and finance and intellectual property constituting well established specialisations in legal practice.  

The course covers drafting techniques and a range of particular drafting issues to prepare students for the two major assessment tasks of Document Analysis and Original Drafting.

Principal topics in this online course include:

  • drafting techniques;
  • structure of commercial contracts;
  • sources of ambiguity and drafting solutions; and
  • specific contract drafting issues (e.g. dispute resolution clauses, confidentiality clauses).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The course will provide students with practice and feedback in solving common drafting problems, particularly in a commercial context.  A student who has successfully completed this course should have an understanding of drafting techniques and particular drafting issues and be able to apply them to a wide range of contracts.

A professional background in commercial law is not a pre-requisite to the course.  Legal drafting covers the whole range of legal practice – an almost impossibly broad range as attempts such as Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents demonstrates.  Although a subset of legal drafting, commercial drafting is also extremely broad with areas like contract law, corporate law, banking and finance and intellectual property constituting well established specialisations in legal practice. 

A comprehensive coverage of commercial legal content areas is not possible in this course.  Rather, the course covers drafting techniques and a range of particular drafting issues to prepare students for the two major assessment tasks of Document Analysis and Original Drafting. 

In addition, it is important for students to note that though contractual interpretation/construction is relevant to much of commercial drafting, due to the practical focus of this course, we will not be providing in depth coverage on this aspect of contract law.

A student who has successfully completed this course should have an understanding of drafting techniques and particular drafting issues and be able to apply them to a wide range of contracts. A professional background in commercial law is not a pre-requisite to the course.  Legal drafting covers the whole range of legal practice – an almost impossibly broad range as attempts such as Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents demonstrates.  Although a subset of legal drafting, commercial drafting is also extremely broad with areas like contract law, corporate law, banking and finance and intellectual property constituting well established specialisations in legal practice.

A comprehensive coverage of commercial legal content areas is not possible in this course.  Rather, the course covers drafting techniques and a range of particular drafting issues to prepare students for the two major assessment tasks of Document Analysis and Original Drafting.

Other Information

This course is run online on WATTLE. Once enrolled logon to WATTLE using your ISIS username and password.  When available students will be able to gain access to course materials.


Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Equivalent of 26 contact hours through Wattle.

The course comprises of four modules and will involve both assessable and non-assessable discussion forums, real-time online chats and private online dialogue with the lecturer.  There are no face-to-face classes in the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Laws (7300) or Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) or Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) or Graduate Diploma in Law.

Preliminary Reading

A Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1626
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2646
2007 $2670
2008 $2670
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4590 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6948 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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