• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Summer Session 2018
    Autumn Session 2018
    Winter Session 2018
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This is the sixth compulsory course in the Juris Doctor online (JDO) and the second course in the Property Law & Contracts ‘cluster’.
This cluster of courses will introduce students to key concepts and questions that underpin both property and contract including: the concept of ownership and the way it is determined; different categories of property rights and related obligations; the way in which property rights are transferred and regulated, particularly by the law of contract. How are we to understand concepts of fairness, equity and justice in relation to contractual and property rights? To what extent does the law adequately address these concepts? To what extent is there a need for law reform in relation to property and contract law?
In this cluster, students will build upon the technical skills of statutory interpretation and case analysis introduced in the first two clusters. This cluster will place particular emphasis on refining skills needed to derive principles and judges’ reasoning in cases. Students will also develop their written communication skills with a focus on translating legal technical language into language suitable for a variety of audiences. The cluster may also introduce negotiation and interpretive skills. 
At the conclusion of this cluster students will be proficient in the foundational legal skills and foundational knowledge required to be an independent and successful law student and legal practitioner.  This foundational knowledge will be assumed in all subsequent courses.
The study of Property Law and Contracts will give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of principles of ethical legal practices, and to further their examination of the role of law and lawyers in society.
This cluster is designed to equip students with an appropriate understanding of, and competence in, the law relating to contracts and property (real and personal), 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 an advanced and integrated knowledge of relevant legal principles and concepts in property law and contract in the context of the Australian legal system; 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 these principles and debates have influenced the nature of the laws of property, contracts and contemporary developments.
• Identify and critically reflect on the role and ethical responsibility of lawyers to respond to and address issues of inequality, imbalance of power, access to legal representation and client capacity.
• Apply advanced research skills, principles and methods to locate, interpret, evaluate and communicate relevant and credible information in law and other disciplines, with a particular focus on social and economic dimensions, 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 contract and property law to solve legal problems.
• Select and apply appropriate approaches to communicate clearly and persuasively with legal and non-legal audiences, including fluently engaging in oral argument and advocacy, demonstrating the ability to respond and adapt to developing arguments.
• Recognise and reflect on developing professional identity, how it is being influenced by the study of law and the level of personal agency and responsibility they bring to creating a positive learning environment.

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; capstone report; examination; portfolio submission; oral assessment.  Details will be made available in Wattle, the ANU online learning management system.

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.


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 LAWS8705.


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
2018 $4880
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $6880
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
1734 15 Jan 2018 02 Feb 2018 02 Feb 2018 23 Mar 2018 Online N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5682 07 May 2018 25 May 2018 25 May 2018 13 Jul 2018 Online N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6753 27 Aug 2018 27 Aug 2018 14 Sep 2018 02 Nov 2018 Online N/A

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