• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Bradley Chenoweth
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2022
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The purpose of the Mediation Skills Clinic is to introduce participants to the unique role of a mediator and the process of mediation, through a practical skills clinic.

The overall objective is to give participants experience with the process of facilitating a mediation, in the role of mediator.

This will include practice with some of the fundamental skills that support the role and an opportunity to develop those skills further by critical reflection on their own practice, with reference to the theory of mediation as a method of dispute resolution.

The skills clinic is conducted using lectures and experiential exercises to give participants an understanding of the underpinning theory of interest-based negotiation in mediation and an opportunity to learn and practise the skills required for conduct of the process of mediation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate and orally communicate the purpose of mediation and the role of a mediator; and differentiate the detailed stages and requirements of a mediation process and its limits; to the parties in a mediation (and others).
  2. Apply the mediation model to the practice of mediation; develop and execute strategies to support parties in conflict to collaborate.
  3. Design and execute a substantial written piece of reflective practice on one’s conduct as mediator in mediation.
  4. Research, review and relate the theory of mediation to one’s actual performance in mediation; review and critically appraise one’s own practice as mediator; formulate improvements to one’s strategic interventions as mediator and predict the likely outcomes of these improved methods on parties to a mediation.

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. Self Assessment Quiz (0) [LO 1,2]
  2. Professional Conduct and Participation (5) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Mediators Opening Statement (25) [LO 1,2]
  4. Researched Critical Reflection on the Conduct of a Mediation (70) [LO 2,3,4]

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  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
  • As a one week intensive, this course runs Monday to Friday, 36 contact hours across 5 days.

Face to face attendance at the whole program is necessary.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses

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

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

The programs assumes that students have already developed certain skills. It is expected participants have an adequate command of:

  • English and related written and oral communication skills. Participants are expected to have high English language skills and to be able to understand and follow the principles of commonly accepted expression and style at a professional level;
  • Information literacy skills, such as work with computers (eg for assignment completion or for legal research), use of online teaching platforms, etc;
  • Initiative and self management re administration of their preparation for and conduct with the Clinic and workload; are all expected.


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 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
1570 07 Feb 2022 11 Feb 2022 11 Feb 2022 11 Feb 2022 In Person N/A

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