• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online

Although a subset of legal drafting, commercial drafting is extremely broad, with areas like contract law, corporate law, banking and finance and intellectual property constituting well established specialisations in legal practice.

Principal topics in this online course include:
•    Drafting techniques;
•    Structure of commercial contracts;
•    Sources of ambiguity and drafting solutions; and
•    Specific contract drafting issues (e.g. dispute resolution clauses and confidentiality clauses).

A professional background in commercial law is not a pre-requisite to the course. Legal drafting covers the whole range of legal practice – an almost impossibly broad range as attempts such as Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents demonstrates. A comprehensive coverage of commercial legal content areas is not possible in this course. Rather, the course covers drafting techniques and a range of particular drafting issues to prepare students for the two major assessment tasks of Document Analysis and Original Drafting.  

In addition, it is important for students to note that, although contractual interpretation/construction is relevant to much of commercial drafting, due to the practical focus of this course, we will not be providing in depth coverage on this aspect of contract law. The course will provide students with practice and feedback in solving common drafting problems, particularly in a commercial context.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain, critically evaluate and debate drafting techniques, evidencing research by including by reference to the latest cases (if any) and commentary on a particular issue;
  2. Explain, critically evaluate and debate particular drafting issues affecting contracts, evidencing research by including reference to the latest cases and commentary on a particular issue;
  3. Identify, analyse and critique issues in a contract in accordance with the drafting techniques and drafting issues learnt in the course; and
  4. As a capstone project, critically examine and evaluate, then independently plan and redraft a contract in accordance with a client's instructions to avoid common contract issues, and, where required, provide advice to client.

Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Indicative assessment may include: (null) [LO null]
  2. 1. Identification and analysis of drafting techniques (short researched discussion board posting) - 15% (15) [LO null]
  3. 2. Evaluation and discussion of particular drafting issues (short researched discussion board posting) — 15% (15) [LO null]
  4. 3. Document analysis and critique of draft contract — 30% (30) [LO null]
  5. 4. Original drafting of a contract in accordance with client instructions — 40% (40) [LO null]

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Equivalent of 26 contact hours through Wattle.

The course comprises of four modules and will involve both assessable and non-assessable discussion forums, real-time online chats and private online dialogue with the lecturer.  There are no face-to-face classes in the course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; 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

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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