• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Migration
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Applied Migration Law and Practice is designed to equip participants with the capacity to apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice .Topics, teaching, learning activities and assessment are designed to develop the cognitive, technical and practical skills and knowledge to successfully operate as a registered migration agent and migration law practitioner. The course will allow students to engage with a client scenario, from first contact through to finalisation of the matter. It includes a weekend residential for students with a moot tribunal experience.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, it is expected that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in their professional practice;
  2. Reflect critically on ethical principles and their application to professional practice through professional codes of conduct;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of recent developments in the practice of Australian migration law, together with the knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to professional practice as a migration law practitioner;
  4. Plan and execute effective ongoing client representation from first contact to the finalisation of matters
  5. Communicate appropriate interpretations of theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to non-specialist audiences and other stakeholders;
  6. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex client information, client problems, legislation and regulation to develop appropriate solutions for clients;
  7. Apply knowledge and skills to practice management with a high level of personal autonomy, ethics and professional accountability;
  8. Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level in order to prepare, review and lodge applications or appeals;
  9. Design, evaluate, implement research and analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to the practice of migration law, including individual professional development.

Other Information

For more information and the timetable please go to the Practice Ready Program.
Please note that the last date to enrol is not the last date to apply for entry into the program. Applications to study LAWS8650 Applied Australian Migration Law and Practice close 4 weeks before the course commences.

Indicative Assessment

Students will be assessed on the quality of assessments submitted during the course.  
The assessment will comprise 15 individual artefacts required as evidence of engagement with each topic in the course.
These artefacts will range from a professional development plan to critical reflections on elements of practice to examples of essential practice documents arising from case studies.

The assessment artefacts will be submitted and graded progressively throughout the course.

1.     Stage 1, Weeks 1-6: Formative Assessment – Satisfactory/Non-satisfactory

2.     Stage 2, Weeks 7-8: Tribunal activities – 20%

3.     Stage 3, Weeks 9-12: Summative assessment – 80%


Extensive feedback will be provided on the formative assessment which is essential to professional development and lifelong learning. Opportunities to resubmit work based on feedback are built into the assessment framework.

An approved Course Study Guide will be available 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course on the Wattle course site.


The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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. 

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This is an online course.

Students will study online and are expected to devote 10 -12 hours per week participating in Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect, participating in group activities and in individual research and studying.

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); And have completed LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law; 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

Migration legislation changes so frequently that the program does not recommend textbooks.
ANU E-Texts written by the teaching staff are provided online. These written course materials are updated each teaching session, to reflect the most recent changes in migration law.
Reading guides, additional resources, self-help quizzes, and access legislation are also provided.


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

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.

There are no current offerings for this course.

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