• 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
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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The course aims include to: 

• Guide and support students in identifying, developing and applying practical legal skills in public interest law. 

• Develop students' critical understanding of legal practice approaches, the role of lawyers in relation to individual and group clients.

• Contextualise the study of law and student learning in the wide range of other law courses. 

• Encourage, promote and validate student aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law specifically in relation to disadvantaged people and communities. 

• Encourage students to critically consider the effect of the law and its ability: 

a) to deliver public interest outcomes and 

b) to provide adequate recourse for individuals and the community to be heard on public interest issues. 


The course provides clinical placement at various ACT community agencies in the ACT for between 10-12 students each semester. Attendance requirements include an orientation workshop, onsite participation at the agency one day a week, participation in weekly tutorials (reviewing relevant substantive areas of law and legal and social justice issues) and marked assessment pieces. 

Assessment requirements: onsite assessment, tutorial participation and preparation & presentation of a written project or seminar/forum. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Expected learning outcomes
By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
1. describe and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law relate to a legal practice setting, assisting individual clients and working for social justice,
2. reflect on their personal motivation for studying law, their goals and career aspirations,
3. apply a reflective and ethical approach in combination with a broad theoretical and professional knowledge, in performing paralegal tasks,
4. recognise and apply  improved practical legal skills particularly relating to work routines, communication with a variety of audiences, interviewing, writing, and legal research principles and methods,
5. summarise and apply an advanced and coherent body of substantive legal knowledge about public interest law, and knowledge of professional conduct rules and ethical practice,
6. describe and distinguish a variety of justice issues with respect to public interest legal practice, and  to critically analyse entrenched issues of injustice in the legal system,
7. note, name and debate their enhanced interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and self-awareness of their own cognitive abilities and values,
8. describe and critique a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of individual and group clients,
9. analyse the predicament of individual and group clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system,
10. describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes,
11. identify and evaluate concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law,
12. plan and execute a written research project, with some independence.

Indicative Assessment

Indicative assessment tasks
1. On-site participation, learning and performance
2. Seminar participation  
3. Research project and presentation of 2,500 words

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.


Student work in this course averages about 12 hours per week consisting of:
• reading averaging about 2 hours
• tutorials averaging about 2 hours
• 1 x  day (10am– 4pm) onsite session at individual agencies,
• 2 hours a week on the research project, and
• A mid-course interview of about ½ hour.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Law (Honours) and have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level. An application process exists for this course, please contact the ANU College of Law.

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


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

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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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4952 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 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
10031 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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