• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Legal Practice MLP
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dalvin Chien
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

Although a subset of legal drafting, commercial drafting is extremely broad, with areas like contract law, corporate law, banking and finance and intellectual property constituting well established specialisations in legal practice.

Principal topics in this online course include:

•   Drafting techniques;

•   Structure of commercial contracts;

•   Sources of ambiguity and drafting solutions; and

•   Specific contract drafting issues (e.g. dispute resolution clauses and confidentiality clauses).

A professional background in commercial law is not a pre-requisite to the course. Legal drafting covers the whole range of legal practice – an almost impossibly broad range as attempts such as Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents demonstrates. A comprehensive coverage of commercial legal content areas is not possible in this course. Rather, the course covers drafting techniques and a range of particular drafting issues to prepare students for the two major assessment tasks of Document Analysis and Original Drafting. 

In addition, it is important for students to note that, although contractual interpretation/construction is relevant to much of commercial drafting, due to the practical focus of this course, we will not be providing in depth coverage on this aspect of contract law. The course will provide students with practice and feedback in solving common drafting problems, particularly in a commercial context.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain, critically evaluate and debate drafting techniques, evidencing research by including by reference to the latest cases (if any) and commentary on a particular issue;
  2. Explain, critically evaluate and debate particular drafting issues affecting contracts, evidencing research by including reference to the latest cases and commentary on a particular issue;
  3. Identify, analyse and critique issues in a contract in accordance with the drafting techniques and drafting issues learnt in the course; and
  4. As a capstone project, critically examine and evaluate, then independently plan and redraft a contract in accordance with a client's instructions to avoid common contract issues, and, where required, provide advice to client.

Other Information

This course is run online on WATTLE. Once enrolled logon to WATTLE using your ISIS username and password. When available students will be able to gain access to course materials.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1. Identification and analysis of drafting techniques (short researched discussion board posting) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 2. Evaluation and discussion of particular drafting issues (short researched discussion board posting) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 3. Document analysis and critique of draft contract (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. 4. Original drafting of a contract in accordance with client instructions (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Equivalent of 26 contact hours through Wattle.

The course comprises of four modules and will involve both assessable and non-assessable discussion forums, real-time online chats and private online dialogue with the lecturer. There are no face-to-face classes in the course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); 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

To be confirmed


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

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
4234 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7245 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online N/A

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