• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dalvin Chien
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
    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 (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specilising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specilising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2743 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 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
1451 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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