• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Tracey Mylecharane
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Summer Session 2019
    Autumn Session 2019
    Spring Session 2019
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Banking and Finance Law is an elective course and an optional practice area within the 'admission to practice' component of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP).

This course is designed both for students who anticipate performing Banking and Finance work as an Australian legal practitioner and also for students seeking to extend their commercial legal knowledge, skills and values as prescribed for entry-level lawyers in Australia. Banking and Finance Law is especially valuable for transactional lawyering, as well as for the dispute resolution aspect of litigation lawyering. It is also relevant to community legal service and consumer advisory.

Within the GDLP (admissions), this course complements the:

  • Commercial Practice component of the compulsory Professional Practice Core (PPC) course; and
  • Consumer Law Practice elective/optional practice area.

By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate competence in: advising clients on some of the common ways to finance commercial transactions; drafting loan agreements and associated security documents, and taking the actions required to perfect those securities and ensure enforceability.

The course will equip participants with the capacity to apply an advanced body of legal knowledge and principles in a range of contexts for professional practice in banking and finance.



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and contextualise complex materials and through an examination and critical analysis of information, including legislative and regulatory requirements, provide appropriate practical solutions for clients of banking and finance law;
  2. Synthesise and explain complex theoretical knowledge of legal and ethical principles, issues, implications and risks, and the context and methods applicable in conducting, and responding to, banking and finance transactions and communicate that information to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  3. Apply cognitive skills to contextualise information and advise a range of clients on legal aspects of banking and finance transactions relevant to: a. investigating client requirements and financing options; b. planning financing transactions; c. documenting loans and securities; d. effectively communicating benefits, risks and implications to clients; e. pursuing due diligence; and f. finalising banking and finance transactions, ensuring enforceability and best practice.
  4. Demonstrate technical legal and analytical competence, drafting and communication skills to draft and/or advise on banking and finance transactions documentation;
  5. Research and evaluate appropriate methodologies, technical, legal and practical knowledge to develop solutions-focused strategies for a complex set of facts and circumstances and interpret that information in advising a range of clients.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Discussion Forum Contributions (null) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Critical Analysis memo/Draft Advice to Client (null) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Draft Loan Agreement and/or Securities/Client Letter (null) [LO 3,4,5]

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The course is conducted over 6 weeks with an expected average workload of 8-10 hours per week, including assessment activities.
This is a wholly online course. It will require continuous online participation throughout the course, as students will be required to participate in discussion forums and other activities in order to satisfy course completion requirements.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (6303XGDLP or 6312XGDLP) or Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) and have completed the course LEGW8141 Becoming a Practitioner.

Prescribed Texts

- There are no prescribed text(s) for this course.

- The Wattle course site will contain a number of extracts of relevant materials and links to other resources.


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
2019 $1200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $1571
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
1621 14 Jan 2019 25 Jan 2019 25 Jan 2019 22 Feb 2019 Online N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Graduate Program'
5592 20 May 2019 31 May 2019 31 May 2019 28 Jun 2019 Online N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8605 07 Oct 2019 18 Oct 2019 18 Oct 2019 15 Nov 2019 Online View

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