• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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The course aims include to: 
• Guide and support students in identifying, developing and applying practical legal skills in environmental and planning law. 
• Develop students’ critical understanding of legal practice approaches, the role of lawyers in relation to individual clients and environmental law issues.
• Contextualise the study of law, particularly environmental law and student learning in the wide range of other law courses. 
• Encourage, promote and validate student aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law specifically in relation to community needs to exercise their rights pursuant to environmental law both at local and Federal levels. 
• Encourage students to critically consider the effect of the law and its ability: 
a) to deliver improved environmental outcomes and 
b) to provide adequate recourse for the community to be heard on public interest environmental issues. 
The course provides clinical placement at the EDO ACT for between 8-10 students each semester. Attendance requirements include an orientation workshop, onsite participation at the EDO office one day a week, participation in weekly tutorials (reviewing relevant substantive areas of law and legal and social issues relating to the environmental law (ACT and Federal) and marked assessment pieces. 
Assessment requirements: onsite assessment, tutorial participation and preparation & presentation of a written project or seminar/forum. 

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
1. describe and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law relate to a legal practice setting, assisting individual clients and working for social justice,
2. reflect on their personal motivation for studying law, their goals and career aspirations,
3. apply a reflective and ethical approach in combination with  a broad theoretical and professional knowledge, in performing paralegal tasks,
4. recognise and apply  improved practical legal skills particularly relating to work routines, communication with a variety of audiences, interviewing, writing, and legal research principles and methods,
5. summarise and apply an advanced and coherent body of substantive legal knowledge about environmental justice, and knowledge of professional conduct rules and ethical practice,
6. describe and distinguish a variety of justice issues with respect to community engagement with environmental law, and  to critically analyse entrenched issues of injustice in the legal system,
7. note, name and debate their enhanced interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and self-awareness of their own cognitive abilities and values,
8. describe and critique a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of individual and group clients,
9. analyse the predicament of individual and group clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system,
10. describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes,
11. identify and evaluate concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law,
12. plan and execute a written research project, with some independence.

Other Information

Selection to this course will be by written application followed by interview.
To be eligible for consideration you must have also completed of at least one of the following courses:
LAWS4215 Environmental Law
LAWS2274 Climate Law
LAWS2216 Environmental Law Elective
LAWS2253 International Environmental Law
LAWS3103 Law and the Environment
LAWS6503 Law and the Environment
LAWS8181 Australian Climate Law
LAWS8111 Environmental Regulation
LAWS8187 Environmental Litigation
LAWS8188 Environmental Markets
LAWS8181 International Climate Law
LAWS8291 Special Topics in Environmental Law
LAWS8061 Special Topics in Environmental Law 1
LAWS8010 Environmental Protection and Human Rights
LAWS8110 Corporate Environmental Responsibility
LAWS8117 Commonwealth Environmental Law
LAWS8145 Environmental and Risk Assessment Law
LAWS8146 Environmental Landuse Planning Law
LAWS8278 Environmental Dispute Management
LAWS8291 Special Topics in Environmental Law
LAWS8061 Special Topics Environmental Law 1
LAWS8008 Climate Change and Displacement
LAWS8264 International Law of the Environment
LAWS8280 Biodiversity Law and Policy

Indicative Assessment

Assessment comprises of four components:  
1. Onsite participation including quality of learning and performance (40%)
2. Tutorial participation including quality of contributions made (10%)
3. Research paper  (2500 words) and presentation (50%)
4. Attendance at the 2 day orientation workshop, mid and end of semester interviews and the research project presentation. No marks are assigned for attendance, but attendance is a requirement to pass 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.


Student work in this course averages approx. 12 per week consisting of:
• Reading averaging approx 2 hours
• Participating in tutorials averaging approx 2 hours
• One 6 hour onsite session at the EDO ACT
• Approx 2 hours per week work on research project
• Mid and end of course interview of approx 1 hour in total.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Practical Legal Skills, 3rd Edition, Ross Hyams, Susan Campbell and Adrian Evans, OUP, 2007
Bates, G. Environmental Law in Australia, 8th edition, 2013.

ACT Environmental Law Handbook, EDO ACT, 2nd Edition.  

There will be additional resources provided online for students through the Environmental Law Clinic page on the ANU’s Wattle learning system. 


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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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
4615 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 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
9627 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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