• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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The International Law Clinical Program is one way to provide a JD capstone experience, or it can be studied as an elective taken otherwise in the JD program. 
This clinic is a way to deepen and broaden international law skills and knowledge. The Clinical Program gives International Law students an experience of the practical application of International Law in the work of Government agencies and NGO's which are active on International Law issues. 
The International Law Clinical Program applies students' knowledge of international law and drafting and research skills to projects which  assist the work of outside organisations in Government and the NGO community.  
The main focus of the Clinical Program would be responding to the needs of outside organisations in continuing dialogue with the Convenor and students in the Clinical Program.  Some projects would be initiated by the Convenor and students working collaboratively.  
The Clinical Program aims  to develop the relationships of students personally and the ANU College of Law institutionally with Government and NGO organisations, to project the knowledge and skills of the ANU College of Law generally and in International Law in particular, and to enhance appreciation of International Law among influential Australian Government and NGO communities.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful conclusion of this capstone course, JD students should be able to:
  1. Identify, plan, manage and execute a substantive written research project addressing a complex problem, and to a high professional standard appropriate to the professional setting,
  2. Demonstrate persuasive and inclusive written and oral communications skills appropriate to specialist legal and non-specialist audiences, and a given professional setting.
  3. Integrate and apply multiple areas of legal knowledge, skills and professional values gained throughout the JD program.
  4. Recognise and apply JD graduate attributes such as, but not limited to: an extended understanding of recent developments in international law and its practice; high level research skills; high level conceptualisation; the ability to generate and evaluate complex ideas; legal technical and communication skills; a reflective and ethical approach, and high level personal autonomy and accountability.
  5. Reflect on and review key elements of a growing professional and ethical identity by, for example, identifying specific interests, and deploying interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and career aspirations.In particular, upon successful conclusion of the course, and in the specific context of the International Law Clinical Program, students should be able to:
  6. Analyse and critique the application of advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the workshop phase of the Clinical Program and the study of international law related to a professional setting.
  7. Recognise and apply improved practical legal skills particularly ethical practice, communication with a variety of audiences, writing, and legal research principles and methods, in one specific professional context.
  8. Describe and critically assess a range of strategies to use international law skills in advocating  social justice and human rights outcomes.
  9. Identify and evaluate concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote the relevance of international law to domestic social justice and human rights objectives.

Other Information

Entry into this course is through an application process, advertised through the Wattle JD program page

Indicative Assessment

One major project [Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9] and two minor projects, the latter being international law contributions to larger projects [Learning Outcomes 2, 6 and 7].

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Face to face contact between the Convenor and students would be intensive at the workshop phase of the Clinical Program and would subsequently take place in regular seminars and individual feedback sessions.

On average, taking into account the time spent on projects, student workload would be at a level of about 3 hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Juris Doctor and must have completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 or 6100 level courses. Additionally you must have completed LAWS6250 International Law. You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course. This course is incompatible with LAWS4010

You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Adrian Evans, Anna Cody, Anna Copeland, Jeff Giddings, Peter Joy, Mary Anne Noone and Simon Rice,'Australian Clinical Legal Education' I(ANU E-Press 2017)

Preliminary Reading

Adrian Evans, Anna Cody, Anna Copeland, Jeff Giddings, Peter Joy, Mary Anne Noone and Simon Rice, 'Australian Clinical Legal Education' I(ANU E-Press 2017)

Assumed Knowledge

Students who apply for the Clinical Program will need to show advanced skills in research and drafting, capacity to work to deadlines and demonstrated interest in international law.


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 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5815 01 Apr 2018 13 Apr 2018 13 Apr 2018 01 Jun 2018 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
10225 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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