• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • David Catanzariti
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
    Autumn Session 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    Spring Session 2016
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Consumer Law Practice is an elective subject in the Masters of Legal Practice (MLP) and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP).

The course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the key elements of consumer law practice and how as practitioners they analyse, approach and formulate possible solutions to consumer law problems.

There are no pre-requisites that students need to meet in relation to enrolling in the Consumer Law Practice course.

The focus of the course is on developing the following skills and attributes which are of critical importance in the work of lawyers engaged in consumer law practice:

•    Research and knowledge of consumer law practice legislation;
•    Providing oral advice;
•    Letter writing;
•    Giving written advice;
•    Selecting an appropriate legal forum;
•    Understanding alternative dispute resolution options and industry based resolution schemes; and
•    To develop an awareness of difficulties faced by consumers involved in consumer law disputes.

Learning Outcomes

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

By participating in the course and undertaking structured and self-regulated learning activities, a student will develop and apply knowledge and skills to be able to:

1. Investigate, analyse and evaluate the client’s situation to identify that the matter is a consumer law problem(s).

2. Analyse, research, interpret and evaluate the facts of the matter, identify and synthesise the relevant law and explain and apply the principles of consumer law to the client’s particular circumstances.

3. Analyse, research and evaluate the client’s rights and potential remedies and options, critically reflect on the breadth and scope of legal issues and applicable law and communicate to the client options for resolution

4. Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skills and values required to achieve the ‘Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers’ as determined by the Law Admissions Consultative Council.

Indicative Assessment

Students participate in a simulated client interview with a consumer client who they have to advise on relevant law and options for resolution both orally and in writing. Students also have to draft a Memorandum of Advice to their senior partner on a consumer credit issue.

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.


There are no set contact hours for this course as there are no live tutorials.  Students will be required to:

  • undertake reading
  • listen to tutorials
  • undertake independent research
  • participate in the discussion forums

Preparation for the assessments and the hours required will depend on each individual student.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (6303XGDLP or 6312XGDLP) and completed or be completing LEGW8141. OR Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) and completed or be completing LEGW8141.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

A list of useful texts, consumer-related websites and other resources will be available in the Content Book and under the "Resources" section on the course home page.


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:
3 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.

3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $1147
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $1503
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1305 18 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 29 Jan 2016 11 Mar 2016 Online N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5361 28 Mar 2016 01 Apr 2016 08 Apr 2016 20 May 2016 Online N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6285 04 Jul 2016 12 Jul 2016 15 Jul 2016 26 Aug 2016 Online N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9359 05 Sep 2016 09 Sep 2016 07 Oct 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online N/A

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