• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Benjamin Battcock
    • David Catanzariti
    • Dr Elizabeth Curran
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
    Winter Session 2020
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Becoming a Practitioner (BAP) is the first course students must do in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP). It is a four day, compulsory, intensive course that introduces students to legal practice skills and to the requirements of the GDLP.

The skills of legal practice are mandated by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC). They and are known as the Australasian Practical Legal Training Council (APLEC) competencies.

During BAP, students engage in a series of activities that introduce them to:

  • Lawyer's Skills including: communicating effectively, interviewing clients, negotiating settlements and agreements and representing a client in court.
  • Legal Problem Solving including: analysing facts and identifying issues and generating strategies and solutions.
  • Work Management and Business Skills: managing personal time, managing risk and working cooperatively.

The BAP course also provides the groundwork and basic skill development that will then be developed through the remainder of the GDLP.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop and apply effective communication strategies, (including verbal, non-verbal and in writing), to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences in the specific legal contexts of a client interview, a negotiation and representing a client in a legal forum.
  2. Collaborate effectively with peers, clients, staff, legal and other professionals to identify, analyse and solve problems.
  3. Investigate and analyse complex legal problems, facts and law and develop options and strategies which meet a client's objectives.
  4. Reflect on the student's own knowledge, learning, experiences and feedback from peers and mentors and modify the student's own practice to improve future performance.
  5. Demonstrate and critically reflect upon the student's own ethical and professional behaviours, including regard for their own wellbeing when managing workload.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Respond to a client problem scenario and consider client and lawyer perspective. (null) [LO 1]
  2. Construct written response for a client that clearly addresses a legal problem. (null) [LO 1]
  3. Participate in group work to facilitate solutions for clients. (null) [LO 2]
  4. Negotiate a settlement for complex commercial or other legal problem. (null) [LO 2]
  5. Prepare and discuss options to solving a complex legal problem involving two sides in dispute. (null) [LO 3]
  6. Present case for client in court. (null) [LO 3]
  7. Participate in peer review exercises where reviews are offered and received by students. (null) [LO 4]
  8. Write a reflection on the BAP experience. (null) [LO 5]

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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The Course is constructed around a full-time, face-to-face intensive that lasts four days (Monday to Thursday). Each day of the intensive lasts essentially from 9.00am until 5.00pm. The course requires some prereading, available online, before the intensive.  Students will be able to access the prereading once they have enrolled in the 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).

Prescribed Texts

Printed and online materials supplied to students.


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 $1832
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $2341
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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
1434 28 Jan 2020 28 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 In Person View
1435 28 Jan 2020 28 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 In Person View
1436 03 Feb 2020 03 Feb 2020 05 Feb 2020 06 Feb 2020 In Person View
1437 03 Feb 2020 03 Feb 2020 05 Feb 2020 06 Feb 2020 In Person View
Graduate Program - Sydney
1675 26 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 In Person N/A
Graduate Program - Melbourne
1676 26 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6473 13 Jul 2020 17 Jul 2020 17 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 Online View

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