• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephanie Booker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
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This is a clinical program focused on applying legal and other skills to current environment and planning issues. During the course, students will attend a supervised clinic for one day a week where they will work on environmental issues.

The course objectives are to: 

  • Guide and support students in identifying, developing and applying practical legal and other skills in environment and planning law;
  • Develop students’ critical understanding of legal practice approaches, and the roles of lawyers and others, in relation to individual clients and environment and social justice issues;
  • Contextualise the study of law, particularly environment and planning law and applying ethical legal practice skills;
  • Encourage, promote and validate student aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law specifically in relation to individual and community needs in environment and planning law;
  • Guide students to critically consider the effect of the law and its ability to: 
  1. deliver improved environmental outcomes; and
  2. provide adequate opportunity for the community to be heard on public interest environmental issues. 

Students must apply to undertake this course. Please go to Law Professional Experience for application information.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop and evaluate advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law in a legal practice setting, broadly assisting clients and working for social justice
  2. Synthesise their reflections on their personal motivation for studying law, their goals and career aspirations, and any issues that arise throughout the course
  3. Develop and demonstrate a reflective and ethical approach, applying broad theoretical and professional knowledge, in skilful performance of paralegal tasks
  4. Apply an advanced and coherent body of substantive legal knowledge about environmental justice to legal issues, and critically evaluate the entrenched issues of injustice in the legal system
  5. Critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes, and promote access to justice and equality before the law in relation to environmental matters
  6. Plan and execute a written research project

Other Information

Enrolment is limited with selection based on a competitive process. Application information can be located on the ANU College of Law Website.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Clinical Placement (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Seminar facilitation/participation (10) [LO 4,5]
  3. Research Paper (40) [LO 4,5,6]
  4. Reflective Journal (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS4281 Environmental Law Clinic.

You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge covered in the content of LAWS4274/8474 Climate Law and/or LAWS4215/8415 Environmental Law


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:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6660
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4088 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7052 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online or In Person View

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