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

This course is in two parts. Part A provides students with the theoretical content and practical skills to conduct a supervised and guided legal risk assessment of an online product that can be used in most common law jurisdictions. While assessing risk is not the same as giving legal advice, this is a skill that law students will need to acquire if they are to practice in the context of new technologies. The particular legal risks that students will assess are privacy, cyber, intellectual property, governance and regulation, as well as compliance with respect to occupational health and safety, human rights, climate change, employment law and occupiers liability. The students' risk assessment report will be provided to the start up business whose product or platform they have reviewed. Students will submit their risk assessment report as their major assessment task in this course. In Part B, students will reflect upon the risks and benefits of using artificial intelligence and new technologies in legal and commercial contexts and submit their reflections in the form of three blogs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise legal knowledge and apply it to a complex commercial context
  2. Incorporate professional rules and legislation into legal risk analysis
  3. Engage in original and critical reflection on the use of AI in legal processes
  4. Communicate legal ideas effectively both verbally and in writing
  5. Research and structure a complex risk assessment in relation to online business platforms.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Task 1 - Three reflective blog posts (2,400 words total; 800 words per blog) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Task 2 - Legal risk assessment quiz (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Task 3 - Risk assessment report (3,600 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The is delivered via a series of online or face-to-face workshops. 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. Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (MLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP); OR Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Graduate Certificate of New Technologies Law (CNTL); OR Master of Military Law (MMIL) Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course 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
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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