Clinical courses

ANU Law Clinical Courses


The ANU College of Law offers a variety of clinical courses for its’ students every year.

Clinical courses allow students to engage with real clients, real problems and real deadlines in a real-world environment. Placements may be undertaken in a community agency, community legal centre or non-government organisation where students will get the opportunity to explore law reform and social justice issues relevant to that field of practice. It is an opportunity to gain insight into how the industry works, develop professional skills and get work experience.




To be eligible to enrol in a clinical course you must:

  • Be a current ANU Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Hons)) or Juris Doctor (JD) student
  • Meet the course pre-requisites for the clinic you wish to undertake
  • Submit an application.


Important Information

The following document outlines student expectations and clinical course requirements. Please ensure that you read this document prior to applying for a clinical course.


How to apply

Applications for Summer Session and Semester One 2023 will open on 30 August 2022 and will close on 19 September 2022.

Applications for Semester Two 2023 will open in April 2023.

All applications are submitted via CareerHub via the below Apply Now button. Students can apply for a maximum of two clinical courses, noting that if successful, approval will only be provided for one clinical course.

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Selection Guidelines and FAQs



For more information on clinical courses at the ANU College of Law, please contact the Careers and Employability team.

Phone:(02) 6125 3483


Clinical Courses

Community Law Clinic

Location: Canberra Community Law

Course credit: LAWS4268/LAWS6268 - 6 units

During this course you will undertake a clinical placement at Canberra Community Law, a community legal centre for low-income and disadvantaged people from the ACT. You will gain hands-on experience in a community legal practice environment, provide legal information and undertake casework under the supervision of practising solicitors.

Environmental Law Clinic

Location: Environmental Defenders Office

Course credit: LAWS4281/LAWS6281 - 6 units

During this course, you will undertake a clinical placement at the Environmental Defenders Office in the ACT under the supervision of practising solicitors. You will gain practical legal skills in environmental and planning law. You will also have the opportunity to explore law reform issues relating to environmental justice and consider the role of lawyer in this field of practice.

International Law Clinic

Location: ANU

Course credit: LAWS4302/LAWS6302 - 6 units

During this course you will gain an experience of the practical application of International Law in the work of Government agencies and NGO's which are active on International Law issues. The International Law Clinic applies your knowledge of international law and drafting and research skills to projects which assist the work of outside organisations in Government and the NGO community.

Law and Development Clinic

Location: To be advised

Course credit: LAWS4301/LAWS6301 - 6 units

ANU College of Law students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students and supervising academic staff at a law school in a developing country. The choice of developing country and the choice of partner law school will be at the discretion of the ANU College of Law, and will align with partnerships with developing country law schools, the ANU international strategy, relevance to unit learning outcomes and assessments, and safety.

Prison Legal Literacy Clinic

Location: Alexander Maconochie Centre

Course credit: LAWS4304/LAWS6304 - 6 units

During this course, you will work with other students to deliver interactive legal literacy sessions to a cohort of detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), the only adult prison in the ACT. Topics are chosen by detainees and are as diverse as detainee interests, ranging from parole to family law. You will explore social justice and law reform issues in relation to detainee experiences.

Youth Law Clinic

Location: Youth Law Centre

Course credit: LAWS4267/LAWS6267 - 6 units

This is a clinical program based in a community legal practice environment. Students participate in the Youth Law Centre, a non-profit legal service for ACT youth aged 12-25 years. While analysing the various roles that lawyers can play, students will focus on extending legal assistance, social justice and reform - particularly in relation to youth legal needs in the ACT.

Other Opportunities

Mediation Skills Clinic

Location: ANU

Course credit: LAWS4343 - 6 units

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.

Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country

Location: Northern Territory

Course credit: LAWS4307/LAWS6307 - 6 units

Separate Application process please APPLY HERE

During this course you will travel to the Northern Territory to participate in an on-country intensive delivered through a collaboration between the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the ANU College of Law. Launched at the National Indigenous Legal Conference in Darwin in August 2019, the course will give you an opportunity to engage in deep listening, to hear and respond to Indigenous voices and to engage with Indigenous world views and experiences of settler-colonialism as a foundation for moving towards true justice.

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