• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2017
    Spring Session 2017
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This course is designed to give students a practical working knowledge of the salient elements of consumer law practice required to advise clients on the procedures and remedies available in relation to consumer protection complaints and disputes and to represent the client in any related negotiations or proceedings and, as practitioners, how they analyse, approach and formulate possible solutions to common consumer law issues.  

The focus of the course is on developing skills and attributes which are of critical importance in the work of lawyers engaged in consumer law practice, which include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying and applying relevant parts of the Australian Consumer Law in relation to consumer disputes

  • Developing an awareness in relation to the national consumer credit legislation and protecting the rights of consumers who obtain credit.

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 of the course requirements should be able to:
  1. Identify, research and apply the relevant law, principles and methods in consumer law contexts to be able to advise and represent a consumer client in consumer transactions and disputes.
  2. Analyse and interpret legislation relevant to consumer law rights and formulate an applied strategy to bring about a resolution of a consumer dispute.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Critically evaluate and interpret how consumer law legislation operates at both a federal and state/territory level.
  6. Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skills and values required to achieve the relevant ‘Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers’ as determined by the Law Admissions Consultative Council.

Other Information

This is a six week online course.

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 Wattle course 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:
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
2017 $1147
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5345 03 Apr 2017 07 Apr 2017 14 Apr 2017 12 May 2017 Online N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9345 02 Oct 2017 06 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2017 10 Nov 2017 Online N/A

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