• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online
This is the first course in the final compulsory cluster in the Juris Doctor online (JDO). In this cluster students will continue to integrate their learning across the JDO program, demonstrate an advanced level of skills competency and show that they can respond to issues in a manner that appropriately reflects professional practice values.
This cluster introduces students to the important role that policy, politics and discretion play in the law at these different levels, and the role and place of these ‘extra legal texts’ in legal argument (ie as sources of law). It will consider the extent to which the ‘practice of law’ determines the law as much as the text.
The overarching theme of this cluster is on the nature of government as both a source of, and subject to, law.
This course considers the constitution of, and relationships between, local, State and Territory and Commonwealth governments within the Australian constitutional framework.
The actors, relations and institutions that form the domains of domestic public law will be examined so as to reflect on the legitimacy of public and coercive power.
Students will encounter the practical and theoretical implications of the uncertainty and areas of ambiguity that arise from multiple, often conflicting or incomplete, sources of law.
In this cluster, students will also participate in a capstone experience with either a professional practice, research or a policy focus. 
The study of Australian Public Law and International Law will give students the opportunity to deepen their understudying of concepts of justice in law.
This cluster is designed to equip students with an appropriate understanding of, and competence in, administrative law, constitutional law (Commonwealth, state and territory), ethics and professional responsibility.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge, skills and professional values to:
• Apply a sophisticated knowledge of relevant legal principles and concepts in the areas of Australian public law and international law in a comparative context; the broader contexts within which legal issues arise; the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyer's roles; and contemporary developments in law and its professional practice.
• Critically evaluate historical and theoretical principles, concepts and debates concerning the material studied in the course; and how they have influenced legal systems and governance at the local, national and international levels.
• Integrate previous knowledge gained in the program in the context of international law and Australian Public law, with an emphasis on the relationship between law, power, justice and democracy.
• Practise and reflect on the exercise of ethical professional judgement using a giving voice to values approach and having regard to the roles of lawyers in the public sector, including model litigants, policy advisors government and international lawyers.
• Solve and respond appropriately to complex issues of professional responsibility in the context of government action affecting multiple, sometimes interrelated interests and political and policy considerations.
• Apply sophisticated research skills, principles and methods  to locate, interpret, evaluate, synthesise and communicate relevant and credible information, in domestic and international law, as well as in other disciplines, citing that information using appropriate conventions.
• Independently, and in effective collaboration with others, apply research skills, legal reasoning, legal technical skills, critical analysis and the principles of relevant law to solve legal problems and justify responses.
• Independently and effectively select and apply a diverse range of approaches and styles in written and oral communication to achieve appropriate and persuasive communications to suit different formats, audiences and requirements.
• Reflect on and articulate the values they bring to the study of law and any congruence or dissonance between those values and the values underpinning the roles of government  lawyers, public legal institutions and international lawyers and institutions.  

Indicative Assessment

Assessment in this course may include: assessing online participation; assessing collaboration; case presentation; case notes; short essays; research essays; assignments; problem style essays; examination;  oral assessment.  A capstone assessment will be included.  Details will be made available in Wattle, the ANU online learning management system.

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The JD Online is an online law degree, offered in trimesters.  Each compulsory course has been designed as an 8-unit course, allowing part-time students to complete 24 units each year. Because trimesters are shorter than semesters, online students in the JD Online are expected to dedicate more active learning time (including private study) per week than on-campus students.  

The ANU workload expectation of a student in a standard 6-unit course is 130 hours over a semester (10 hours per week).  By contrast the ANU workload expectation of a JD Online student in an 8-unit course is 176 hours over 11 weeks (16 hours per week).

This includes active online engagement and collaboration as well as personal study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8710.


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:
8 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.

8.00 0.16667
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4336
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6184
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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