• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Marcus Humphreys
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2020
    Winter Session 2020
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This is an intensive course focussed on ‘real life’ legal practice. Employment and industrial practice is a continuously evolving area of law. This course tracks many of the contemporary developments in the area and challenges students to deal with them in a legal practice environment. There can often be more than one correct answer to an employment or industrial legal problem and the course is designed to excite the problem solving imagination.

The course is delivered in flexible on-line mode so students will need to log onto the Wattle regularly throughout the course. All the materials, assessments and discussion forums are managed through the Wattle website. Information is loaded into Wattle in real time. Although largely self-paced students are strongly encouraged to collaborate and seek assistance when needed. There is convenor and mentor support readily available throughout the course.

The assessments will progress students through the phases of an employment and industrial matter from beginning to completion. The course is different from undergraduate employment law in that the focus of the course is practice skills such as drafting, language and client empathy.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate, analyse and assess the dispute to identify that the matter is an employment and workplace law problem and within the relevant jurisdiction.
  2. Analyse, and evaluate the facts of the matter, identify and synthesise the relevant law applicable to the client’s case and advise, logically and clearly, on the principles of employment and workplace law relevant to the client’s circumstances.
  3. Analyse, research, and evaluate the client’s rights and potential remedies and options, critically reflect on the breadth and scope of legal issues and applicable law to communicate to the client options for resolution of the matter, including avoidance of dispute and alternative dispute mechanisms as well as relevant applicable procedures.
  4. Research and draft relevant document(s) to identify, apply and communicate information to the client or transmit information (facts and evidence) in the form required to represent, support and negotiate the client’s case in workplace negotiations or tribunal or court proceedings.
  5. Identify, prepare, conduct, or observe, and document workplace negotiations in accordance with professional behaviours and good practice and business management.
  6. Demonstrate and reflect critically on their ethical and professional behaviour and responsibilities.
  7. Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skills and values required to achieve the ‘Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers’ as determined by the Law Admissions Consultative Council.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Students are required to research and write a letter of advice to an employer client and draft employment law documentation giving effect to their advice. Students are also required to research and write a letter of advice to a union client and draft documentation and submissions seeking a Protected Action Ballot Order. (null) [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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Students should expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week on this course.

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 texts. Students should be able to complete the course aimed with the course materials, research tips provided at the start of each role play and access to the online research materials through the ANU Library.

Assumed Knowledge

You do not need to have studied Employment Law at undergraduate level to successfully complete 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:
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
2020 $1236
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $1618
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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5452 23 Mar 2020 23 Mar 2020 03 Apr 2020 01 May 2020 Online View

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6477 20 Jul 2020 31 Jul 2020 31 Jul 2020 28 Aug 2020 Online View

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