• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Barry Yau
    • Dr Elizabeth Curran
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Summer Session 2014
    Autumn Session 2014
    Winter Session 2014
    Spring Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

This course prepares students to advise clients on the availability of, the procedures and remedies in relation to consumer complaints and to represent clients in consumer related negotiations or legal proceedings.

The course considers:

  • consumer protection provisions under trade practices and fair trading laws
  • sale of goods legislation
  • dispute resolution for consumer related proceedings
  • financial products and services and consumer credit
  • guarantees
  • residential tenancies laws
  • domestic building contracts
  • residential tenancies
  • motor vehicle transactions.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • recognise the ‘patchwork' of consumer laws, consumer protection schemes and bodies involved in consumer protection - which is currently going through major changes
  • identify situations to which consumer protection applies and identify the appropriate laws and apply them to your client's case
  • advise a client on appropriate causes of action and remedies
  • identify key factual issues relevant to a client's case
  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of a client's case
  • argue a client's case effectively by making convincing arguments and dealing with counter-arguments
  • accurately advise a client on their rights and obligations and make strategic recommendations for resolving legal problems
  • draft a court pleading.

Other Information

This is an 8-week online course and is offered four times a year in the first, second, third and fourth teaching period.

This is a specialist classification in Graduate Studies Select.  In addition to being an elective course in the GDLP program, it can be used as part of the articulation into the LLM and LLM (in practice) programs.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment tasks include:

  • preparing an initial oral advice to give a client (incorporating interviewing skills to accurately obtain relevant information from a client to accurately identify the appropriate laws that may apply to a client's case and provide accurate advice)
  • follow-up written advice including various options available and making a recommendation of the most appropriate way forward
  • drafting a court pleading
  • an online quiz which will cover various topics in the course generally.

More information about the means of assessment (and due dates) will be available on the course home page at the beginning 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

There are no set contact hours for this course as there are no live tutorials.  Students will be required to:

  • undertake reading
  • listen to tutorials
  • undertake independent research
  • participate in the discussion forums

in preparation for the assessments and the hours required will depend on each individual student.

Prescribed Texts

Nil

Preliminary Reading

A list of useful texts, consumer-related websites and other resources will be available in the Content Book and under the "Resources" section on the course home page.

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:
3 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
3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $663
2004 $663
2005 $663
2006 $663
2007 $663
2008 $663
2009 $663
2010 $726
2011 $864
2012 $990
2013 $990
2014 $993
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $852
2004 $852
2005 $852
2006 $852
2007 $852
2008 $852
2009 $852
2010 $906
2011 $1212
2012 $1236
2013 $1296
2014 $1299
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1350 20 Jan 2014 24 Jan 2014 31 Jan 2014 14 Mar 2014 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4434 31 Mar 2014 04 Apr 2014 11 Apr 2014 23 May 2014 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5319 07 Jul 2014 11 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 29 Aug 2014 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8425 15 Sep 2014 19 Sep 2014 03 Oct 2014 07 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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