• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • David Richards
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course provides a specialised opportunity for graduates to undertake studies at an advanced level in the field of Federal Litigation. Particular areas of Federal Litigation dealt with include litigation in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, and Federal Magistrates Court. The course also touches on aspects of matters before Federal Tribunals.

The main objective is the attainment of an specialised understanding of the law and procedure relating to types of matters as litigated most frequently within Australian federal jurisdiction. Federal jurisdiction and litigation within it, is a growing field of law in Australia, both in terms of its increasing prominence in current legal professional practice and scholarly legal research and publications on it.

Topics will include the following:

  • Introduction - Federal Jurisdiction
  • High Court Litigation
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Federal Magistrates Court Litigation
  • Aspects of Federal Tribunals Matters
  • Remedies, Curial Powers and Appeals.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the conclusion of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles and procedures governing litigation in federal jurisdiction
  • apply those principles and procedures in matters of federal litigation, particularly in the preparation of originating process, claims and supporting affidavits
  • engage in reflective practice in federal jurisdictions, providing advice to clients and appearing in Courts

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

The indicative assessment is:

  1. 10 short weekly exercises (40%)
  2. online discussion forum (10%)
  3. final assignment/application (50%, 4000 wds)

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.


Equivalent to 26 contact hours online through WATTLE.

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.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text. Information on suggested readings will be made available in the Course Study Guide

Preliminary Reading

There is no required preliminary reading, but suggested readings will be listed in the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have completed an LLB or JD or equivalent.

This course does not assume a specialised knowledge of Federal Litigation as such, but students enrolling in it will have general background in federal jurisdiction in Australia from their LLB studies.


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:
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.

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

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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
1463 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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