• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The aim of this course is to assist first year law students who have English as a second language to address and overcome any issues or problems they are experiencing with their legal studies as a result of their lack of English language background. The course takes material from subject areas to which students are exposed in their first year of law studies (Foundations of Australian Law, Torts, Lawyers Justice and Ethics and Contracts) and creates activities designed both to help students to develop a cultural context for their legal studies and to acquire the practical legal skills they will need for their future study and practice.  The following is an example of the kinds of issues that are addressed and skills that are practised:


  • how to read cases;
  • how to write case notes;
  • techniques to simplify legal writing;
  • how to speed up reading of cases and other material;
  • preparing for tutorial problems;
  • participating effectively in discussion groups.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the conclusion of this course students should have an improved ability to:
  1. develop the advanced ability to read common law cases in black letter law subject areas;
  2. develop coherent and advanced knowledge of statutory interpretation to identify and provide solutions to complex statutory interpretation problems;
  3. prepare effectively for law exams;
  4. review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex legal problems in a structured and coherent manner;
  5. write legal advice for a variety of audiences;
  6. talk confidently about legal issues and concepts in front of other students;
  7. conduct independent legal research with some intellectual independence to produce research output such as legal essays.

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.


Week by week content is negotiated between the convenor and the students and is designed to address the immediate concerns of students in relation to their other first year law courses. Typical preparation for students would involve preparing a brief case note or an answer to a tutorial problem. Expected prepartion time 2 hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)) or Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD).


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