• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Legal Practice MLP
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • John Masters
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course has been designed for lawyers who practice in, or who desire to practice in Federal Litigation.

This course will teach students how to apply the Federal Court Rules 2011 when commencing and conducting federal court litigation. The course includes the legal requirements and the following important principles of Federal Court litigation:

•   The Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011

•   Pleadings

•   Class Actions

•   Applications to the Court on the Papers Active Case Management

•   Complex Litigation and Discovery

•   Errors of Law

•   Appointing an Expert Witness.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe, apply and have an understanding of Federal Court practice and procedure under the Federal Court Rules 2011
  2. Demonstrate an ability to draft a Federal Court Originating Application or a Notice of Appeal in accordance with the Rules and case law.
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate pleadings.
  4. Identify an error of law in a judgment.
  5. Summarise, analyse and debate complex litigation and discovery according to the Federal Court Rules 2011 and current case law.
  6. Interpret, analyse and draft an Advice to a client relating to a Federal Court Originating Application or a Notice of Appeal.
  7. Hypothesise and critically discuss the process for ensuring Federal Court Litigation is conducted according to Federal Court Rules 2011, current case law and according to active case management within the Federal Court.

Other Information

This course is run on WATTLE. Once enrolled logon to WATTLE using your ISIS username and password. When available students will be able to gain access to the course materials.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A short exercise each week for ten weeks from week 1 to 10 on individual topics (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Online discussion forum on WATTLE (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. Federal Court Process and Advice 4000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Equivalent to 26 contact hours online through WATTLE.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text. Information on suggested readings will be made available in the Class Summary.

Preliminary Reading

There is no required preliminary reading, but suggested readings will be listed in the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have completed an LLB or JD or equivalent.

This course does not assume a specialised knowledge of Federal Litigation as such, but students enrolling in it will have general background in federal jurisdiction in Australia from their LLB studies.


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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4420 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online View

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