• Class Number 4608
  • Term Code 3150
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 3 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Ben Battcock
    • Ben Battcock
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 13/09/2021
  • Class End Date 01/10/2021
  • Census Date 17/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 17/09/2021
SELT Survey Results

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.

Required Resources

It is crucial that you familiarise yourself with the materials and resources available in the Wattle site for the course, watch the instructional videos and familiarise yourself with the resource links.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • You will receive feed-forward when you begin to practice tasks and feed-back in relation to all tasks, including assessable tasks. Feed-forward aims to help you improve your performance while you are working on this yourself. Feed-back focuses on your level of achievement and ways of improving further when you next undertake the task.
  • You will also receive written or oral feedback following any resubmission of an assessment.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Competency Standards

The GDLP draws together the compulsory skills, practice areas and values from the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers. The LACC competencies set out the standards that you must achieve during your professional legal training (PLT) to be eligible for admission to practice.

You can find the PLT Competency Standards for Entry-level lawyers at https://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/files/web-pdf/LACC%20docs/224336988_10_LACC%20-%20PLT.pdf.

Requesting an Extension

If you think other circumstances justify an extension you should discuss your circumstances with your Convenor, before the due date. Whether or not an extension will be granted remains in the discretion of the Convenor. Convenors will not usually grant extensions if the reason for your inability to complete work on time is due to a commitment that you knew you had at the start of the course. Alternatively, an extension is likely to be granted if an issue / commitment arises during the course that you could not have predicted.

In some circumstances (illness, injury, family crisis etc.) an extension will be granted as a matter of course. The Convenor may ask you to provide documentation – e.g. a medical certificate. 

Retrospective extensions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Convenors recognise that circumstances can arise when it is impossible or impracticable for a student to request an extension prior to the submission date.

Convenors may notify the Sub-Dean when responding to your extension request. The Sub-Dean may contact you with regard to your extensions request(s) if they identify that you may benefit from additional and/or coordinated support due to your circumstances.

Word Limits

As the assessment in the GDLP Program is authentic to legal practice, we do not impose word limits. However, you will often be given a word ‘recommendation’ to guide you, taking into account the purpose of the document and the length it is likely to be in practice.


Sub-Dean, GDLP/MLP

The GDLP/MLP Sub-Dean, can be contacted via email on subdean.slp@anu.edu.au.

Wellbeing Support Services for Lawyers

You will find an abundance of wellbeing support information for lawyers on the ANU School of Legal Practice website.

We also encourage you to read Being Well in the Law – a guide for lawyers which is a toolkit is provided by the NSW Law Society, written by our ANU Academics.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 All Activities and Assessments need to be completed before the end of the course in order to complete this course. Students will be able to access the course resources for Activities from Monday, 30 August 2021. Read/work through all online materials on Wattle: Activity 1: Bail module Activity 2: Plea/Sentencing module Activity 3: Watch 6 instructional Advocacy Videos Students must book an individual time with the instructor to complete each of the following assessments: Assessment Task 1 - Bail Application (30 minutes) Bookings available from: Monday, 13 September 2021 to Friday, 1 October 2021. Booking forum closes: Thursday, 30 September 2021 5.00pm (AEST) Assessments Tasks 2 Forum Posts due: Post 1: Friday, 17 September 2021 5.00pm (AEST) Post 2: Friday, 24 September 2021 5.00pm (AEST) Post 3: Friday, 1 October 2021 5.00pm (AEST) Assessment Task 3 due: no later than Friday, 1 October 2021 5.00pm (AEST)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Bail Application 0 % 13/09/2021 15/10/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Discussion Forums 0 % 17/09/2021 15/10/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Written Sentencing Submissions 0 % 01/10/2021 15/10/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


You have elected to enrol in an intensive practice course – give it your full commitment by keeping up to date, being informed, and actively participating in the course.

You must complete & submit ALL assessment tasks in order to pass this course.

Check Wattle announcements and forum discussions as well as your ANU email at least every 24-48 hours.

All email correspondence from the ANU will be sent to your ANU email address.

At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to ensure you are actively committed and involved in this course.

The course will be conducted in the following time zones (Canberra time). 

Please make appropriate adjustments if you are located in a different time zone.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 13/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Bail Application

Task Information: Students will act as a lawyer and apply for bail on behalf of their client (picking 1 client from the 5 available scenarios) via Adobe/Zoom/Skype or phone. (30 minutes).

Students must book an individual time with the instructor to complete this Assessment Task. Times will be available in the evenings and weekends.

Bookings available from: Monday, 13 September 2021 to Friday, 1 October 2021.

Booking forum closes: Thursday, 30 September 2021 5.00pm (AEST)

Assessment Task Due Date: no later than Friday, 1 October 2021 5.00pm (AEST)


  • Please note that the due date listed in the Assessment Summary refers to the first date the pre-booked oral assessment will be conducted.
  • Please refer to the Important Class Information in Wattle for further information regarding assessments and grades in this course.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 17/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Discussion Forums

Task Information: Students will make at least 1 written contribution (250 words) to each of the 3 weekly discussion topics in the Wattle site.

Assessment Task Due Date:

  • Forum 1: Friday, 17 September 2021 5.00pm (AEST)
  • Forum 2: Friday, 24 September 2021 5.00pm (AEST)
  • Forum 3: Friday, 1 October 2021 5.00pm (AEST)


  • The Due Date listed in the Assessment Summary is the due date relating to Forum Post 1.
  • Please refer to the Important Class Information in Wattle for further information and grades in this course.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 01/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Written Sentencing Submissions

Task Information: Students will draft written sentencing submissions on behalf of their client. Students will select 1 client from the 5 available scenarios.

Task Release Date: Scenarios will be available from Monday, 13 September 2021.

Assessment Task Due Date: no later than Friday, 1 October 2021 5.00pm (AEST)


  • Please refer to the Important Class Information in Wattle for further information regarding assessments and grades in this course.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

Please ensure that you keep a copy of all the work you submit.

The submission requirements specific to each task will be set out on the course Wattle site by the Convenor.

Generally, you will submit written assessments through the course Wattle site in the appropriate submission box under the heading “Assessments”. You must complete the electronic academic integrity certification. Ensure you confirm your submission has been properly submitted (click “send for marking”), and not merely uploaded as a draft file.

You will complete oral assessments through the web-conference platform provided on the course Wattle site (Adobe Connect) or through Skype under extenuating circumstances. Oral assessments will be recorded and webcam will be required for student verification only. You must have your student card, driver’s licence or other form of photo identification available to show your assessor. You can then turn your camera off.

Hardcopy Submission

No hard copy submission will be accepted in this class.

Late Submission

If you submit an assessment late, without receiving an approved extension from the Convenor, the following penalties will apply: 

  • You will not be able to achieve a Higher Level Performance (HLP) grade for the assessment in question.
  • If your assessment is graded as Not Yet Competent (NYC) you may be offered the opportunity to resubmit the assessment, or to submit a supplementary assessment.
  • Assessments submitted more than 72 hours after the due date will be automatically graded NYC.

The Convenor has overriding discretion to accept an assessment and/or to allow a student to resubmit an assessment, or to submit a supplementary assessment.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Your written work will receive feedback and grading via the course Wattle site (or dedicated property portal) under the corresponding assessment drop box. The Convenor will advise when you can expect your assessment results.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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