• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice
  • Areas of interest Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Anneka Ferguson
    • Pamela Taylor-Barnett
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
    Autumn Session 2020
    Spring Session 2020
    See Future Offerings

Ready for Practice is a compulsory capstone course concluding the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP). This course complements and builds upon the legal knowledge, skills and values introduced in the Becoming a Practitioner intensive course, and as further developed by the Professional Practice Core course, Legal Practice Experience and elective courses. This course also assists students to reflect upon the portfolio of work and evidence gathered throughout their program.

Recognising the diverse careers of legal professionals, the course provides an avenue to reflect upon their roles in the profession, capabilities and intentions as they transition to becoming an Australian lawyer.

In this course students will be provided with opportunities to:

  • Develop independent views of their own professional formation, values, aspirations and role as a lawyer. Discuss and practice responses and approaches to ethical dilemmas, through a Giving Voice to Values experiential module; and
  • Further develop legal skills in an identified area, relative to individual students’ goals

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically reflect on the student’s own portfolio of work and legal practice experience to develop, conceptualise and articulate a view of their own professional formation, including knowledge, skills and values.
  2. Critically examine their role as a lawyer in the current and future context of legal services and legal practices.
  3. Evaluate the student’s own skills in the context of considering the type of legal professional the student would like to be, and communicate these ideas in oral form, to other students and teaching staff.
  4. Identify a legal skill for further development and research and apply established theories or techniques applicable to a complex task relating to that skill.
  5. Identify relevant concepts from the Giving Voice to Values approach to resolve a complex ethical dilemma or conflict and apply these concepts towards the resolution of that dilemma or conflict.

Other Information

For further information about this course or to apply for a permission code if you don't meet the prerequisite, please go to ANU School of Legal Practice website.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Two Professional Formation tasks: Online oral presentation & Written reflection on Portfolio (null) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. An advanced legal skills development task (null) [LO 4]
  3. Two Giving Voice to Values tasks: Structured written analysis & Online oral performance and participation (null) [LO 5]

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.


The course is conducted intensively over three weeks with an expected average workload of 18-20 hours per week, including assessment activities.

It will require continuous online participation throughout the course, as students will be required to participate in formative assessment activities in order to satisfy course completion requirements.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (6303XGDLP, 6312XGDLP) or Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) and have completed: LEGW8141 Becoming a Practitioner and LEGW8142 Professional Practice Core; AND LEGW8151 Legal Practice Experience (LPE) (6 units) or LEGW8150 Legal Practice Experience (LPE) (9 units) or LEGW8129 Legal Practice Experience (LPE) (12 units); AND A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses in the following list (all or’s): LEGW8010 Banking & Finance Law LEGW8106 Criminal Practice LEGW8107 Family Law Practice LEGW8114 Wills Probate and Administration of Estate LEGW8118 Administrative Law Practice LEGW8135 Consumer Law Practice LEGW8136 Employment and Industrial Practice LEGW8137 Planning and Environmental Practice OR A maximum of 3 units from completion of LEGW8124 Government Law Practice You will need to contact the ANU School of Legal Practice to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts.


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
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
1433 27 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 14 Feb 2020 Online N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5413 04 May 2020 08 May 2020 08 May 2020 22 May 2020 Online N/A
5414 15 Jun 2020 19 Jun 2020 19 Jun 2020 03 Jul 2020 Online N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9378 12 Oct 2020 16 Oct 2020 16 Oct 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A
9379 23 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 11 Dec 2020 Online N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions