• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Ben Battcock
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2021
    Winter Session 2021
    See Future Offerings

The Criminal Practice course is a jurisdictionally specific, intensive face-to-face elective course in the Admission to Practice Courses component of the ANU Master of Legal Practice (MLP) and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP). The course meets the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council’s (APLEC) Competencies for Entry Level Lawyers in respect of Criminal Practice.


To successfully complete the course students must attend and participate in practical activities and assessments, and demonstrate competency in relation to the APLEC standards for Criminal Practice.


The course may be undertaken by any ANU MLP/GDLP student (after having completed the Becoming a Practitioner Course) – not only those who are based in the particular jurisdiction or who intend to practice there.


Distinguishing features of the course are:

  • Concentration on both defence and prosecution practice;
  • Emphasis on collaborative, scenario based, experiential learning;
  • Bulk of the instruction and practice in small groups;
  • Instruction by highly experienced, highly regarded practitioner teachers; and
  • Emphasis on socially aware, ethical, professional practice.


The following skills and attributes are particularly emphasised in the course:

  •  Problem analysis, rigor and precision;
  • Work management, practicality and efficiency;
  • Effective communication;
  • Oral submissions and argument;
  • Self-awareness and reflective practice; and
  • Skills to recognise and meet ethical and professional obligations.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate, analyse and evaluate a situation from prosecution and defence perspectives to identify whether the matter is a criminal law matter
  2. Analyse, research and evaluate the facts of the matter, identify and synthesise the relevant law, the defendant’s rights and police powers to advise the prosecution (when acting as a prosecutor) and the defendant (when acting for the defence.)
  3. Analyse, research and evaluate the defendant’s rights and potential remedies and options, critically reflect on the breadth and scope of legal issues and applicable law to be able to communicate options and possible outcomes to both defence and prosecution to enable them to make informed decisions
  4. Research and draft relevant document(s) to identify, evaluate and communicate information to the client (prosecution or defence) and to transmit information (facts and evidence) in the form required by the court to support the client’s case
  5. Identify, prepare, conduct and document court or tribunal proceedings, including bail applications, pleas, defences, prosecutions, submissions and generally represent the defendant or prosecution professionally and in accordance with good practice
  6. Demonstrate and reflect critically on their ethical and professional behaviour and responsibilities and reflect on experiences to improve performance
  7. Achieve the ‘Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers’ as determined by the Law Admissions Consultative Council.

Other Information

The jurisdiction studied has no bearing on the state a student plans to be admitted into.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment is largely by way of performance of criminal practice advocacy, conducting an opposed bail application and a plea. Students are also required to undertake quizzes on elements of criminal law practice, to prepare a matter for trial and to conduct or observe and reflect on a contested hearing. (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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Four day intensive course, delivered in a range of locations. 
Each day 9am - 5pm, plus pre-reading as required.

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

Please refer to the WATTLE site.

Assumed Knowledge

LLB, JD or completion of LPAB program.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
3 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $1260
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $1648
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
1585 01 Mar 2021 05 Mar 2021 05 Mar 2021 19 Mar 2021 Online View

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4608 13 Sep 2021 17 Sep 2021 17 Sep 2021 01 Oct 2021 Online View

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