• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Migration
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christopher White
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Applied Migration Law and Practice is designed to equip participants with the capacity to apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice .Topics, teaching, learning activities and assessment are designed to develop the cognitive, technical and practical skills and knowledge to successfully operate as a registered migration agent and migration law practitioner. The course will allow students to engage with a client scenario, from first contact through to finalisation of the matter. It includes a weekend residential for students with a moot tribunal experience.

Learning Outcomes

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

Course topics:
  1. Quality Practice Management in a Migration framework
  2. Diagnosis before Prescription
  3. Secondary Applicants
  4. The Hidden Complexities of Bridging Visas
  5. Waivers not Drowning
  6. Client interviews and Tribunals
  7. Ministerial intervention and Judicial review
  8. Finalising the Case
Students who complete this course will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of recent developments in the practice of Australian migration law, together with the knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to professional practice as a migration law practitioner;
  2. Apply knowledge and skills to practice management with a high level of personal autonomy, ethics and professional accountability;
  3. Reflect critically on ethical principles and their application to professional practice through professional codes of conduct;
  4. Plan and execute effective ongoing client representation from first contact to the finalisation of matters
  5. Communicate appropriate interpretations of theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to non-specialist audiences and other stakeholders;
  6. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex client information, client problems, legislation and regulation to develop appropriate solutions for clients;
  7. Apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in their professional practice;
  8. Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level in order to prepare, review and lodge applications or appeals;
  9. Design, evaluate, implement research and analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to the practice of migration law, including individual professional development.

Other Information

For more information and the timetable please go to LLM Program.

Indicative Assessment

Students will be assessed on the quality of a E-portfolio submitted at the conclusion of the course. 
The E-portfolio will comprise 16 individual artefacts required as evidence of engagement with each topic in the course.
These artefacts will range from a professional development plan to critical reflections on elements of practice to examples of essential practice documents arising from a continuing case study.

The assessment artefacts will be submitted and graded progressively throughout the course.
  1. Stage 1 Weeks 1-4 assessment 20%
  2. Stage 2 Weeks 4- 8 20%
  3. Stage 3 Weeks 12 E portfolio submission – 60%
Extensive feedback will be provided and opportunities to resubmit work based on feedback are built into the assessment framework. Formative assessment such as this is essential to professional development and lifelong learning. 

An approved Means of Assessment will be available a week prior to the commencement of the course on the Wattle course site.

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.


This is an online course. Students will be provided an opportunity to attend a 2 day weekend intensive in Canberra or complete the relevant component online via Adobe Connect.

Students will study online and are expected to devote 10 -12 hours per week participating in Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect, participating in group activities and in individual research and studying.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law (LAWS8651) and Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law (LAWS8652).

Prescribed Texts

Migration legislation changes so frequently that the program does not recommend textbooks.
ANU E-Texts written by the teaching staff are provided online. These written course materials are updated each teaching session, to reflect the most recent changes in migration law.
Reading guides, additional resources, self-help quizzes, and access legislation are also provided.


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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3194 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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