• 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
    • Scott Chamberlain
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This pioneering course gives students the knowledge, skills and conceptual tools to understand and harness the disruptive potential technology will have on the practise of law. It aims to produce legal practitioners who think about the practise of law in an innovative and holistic way to better provide legal services for clients and for society as a whole.
The course will equip students with the analytical tools and practical skills they need to self-adapt and develop innovative legal services and business models as technology changes the way in which law is practised. 
The outcome of the course will be a practically oriented capstone project detailing a new legal service, a new business model, or legal platform to better address a systemic legal problem for the greater benefit of clients and/or society.

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. Demonstrate mastery of the laws regulating the legal profession and to reflect critically on the way in which lawmaking, the legal profession, and the practise of law within a student’s preferred area of legal specialty will be impacted by technological change;

2. Demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative skills to analyse, synthesise, and justify propositions and conclusions about the impact technology will have on the practise of law within the student’s chosen area of legal expertise;

3. Demonstrate the cognitive, technical, and creative skills necessary to identify systemic legal problems for clients or society and to design, evaluate and explain innovative business models, legal services or legal platforms to better address those problems;

4. Demonstrate the ability to autonomously plan and execute a substantial capstone experience that applies knowledge and skills to creatively develop an original, holistic and integrated legal services, business models, or law as a platform proposals to solve a systemic legal problem within the student’s chosen area of legal expertise.

Modules, teaching, learning activities and assessment are designed to develop the student’s / participant’s cognitive, technical and practical skills and knowledge to be able to draft and review documents and advise on transactions and interactions. Students / participants will engage in simulated client scenarios for the purpose of advising on specific dealings involving the way law is practised or legal services are provided.

Indicative Assessment

Online Discussion (20%)
Students will be assessed on their contribution to online class discussions in weeks 1-7 of the Course. Students must select 4 of their discussion posts of not more than 400 words for marking. Two posts selected must be the student’s contribution to the discussion. Two posts selected must be a constructive critique of another student’s discussion post.

Minor Research Paper (20%)
Students must submit a 1600 word research paper identifying three systemic, or significant, legal problems a large client, range of clients, or segment of society that need an entrepreneurial legal solution. The paper must identify the problem, the client(s) or social group, why the problem needs an entrepreneurial approach and briefly outline what that solution might look like. This assignment is designed as a structured means for students to choose the topic for their major assignment.

Capstone Project (60%)
Students will asked to submit a 4,800 word Capstone Project that identifies a systemic legal problem for an identifiable client, range of clients, or sector of society, and to develop an innovative business model, legal service, or law reform program (using law as a platform) to address the identified problem.

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This is a wholly online course. It will require continuous online participation throughout the course, as students will be required to participate in discussion forums and other activities in order to satisfy course completion requirements.

Students will study online and, where provided, will be expected to participate online in Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect, participate in any group activities and in individual research and studying.

This is a 6-unit course, which is considered to have the equivalent full time student load (EFTSL) of 6/48 = 0.125.  The number of hours allocated to an EFTSL of 0.125 is 10 – 12 hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising 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: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893MDIPL, 7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. 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. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed textbook. 

Preliminary Reading

Students will find the following books very useful as background reading.
• Susskind, Richard, The End of Lawyers?, Oxford University Press, 2010
• Susskind, Richard, Tomorrow’s Lawyer, Oxford University Press, 2013
• Beaton, George, NewLaw New Rules, Beaton Capital, 2013

Legislation and related information (as relevant from time to time)
• Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (VIC) (and its equivalent in all States and Territories)

Extensive links to materials available online and reading materials will be provided on the course’s Wattle site.


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 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9672 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online N/A

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