• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Through seminar discussion, case studies and project work, the course will examine theories and processes of achieving law reform, with particular attention to different conceptions of ‘law’ and ‘reform’, the many available mechanisms for law reform, and the lawyer’s role in law reform activity.

Topics covered in the course may include:

• theories of law and law reform;

• law reform through institutions: parliament, the bureaucracy, commissions and courts;

• law reform through community action; 

• the role of the news and social media; and

• lawyers’ professional identity and ethics

Learning Outcomes

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

On completing this course, you will be able to:
• discuss and critically debate the nature and functions of law in society
• analyse and critique the idea of law reform
• describe, explain, and evaluate the institutions and processes which make and reform law
• design, plan and execute a substantial written project that describes and justifies a strategy to achieve a law reform outcome
• work productively in groups of peers
• engage in rigorous and respectful discussion and debate with the teacher and peers.

Indicative Assessment

Class participation – 20%
3 reflective journals (10% each)
Research assignment (50%, 5000 words, group assignment 3 students per group plus a creative output)

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Three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of laws or Juris Doctor and completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 or 6100 level courses or JD(O) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B.


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
2018 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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