Clinical Courses

ANU Law Clinical Courses


Clinical courses enable students to engage with real client, tangible issues and hard deadlines in a real-world environment. Placements may be undertaken in a community agency, community legal centre or non-government organisation where students are provided with 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 gain valuable work experience.

Students interested in a law Practicum Course should visit the Practicum Courses page.



To be eligible to enrol in a clinical course, students 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 before the deadline.

A student can one complete one clinical course. Students can complete one internship, one clinical course and one practicum course.  


Expectations and Requirements

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

Student Expectations and Requirements


Application Dates and How to apply

Summer Session and Semester One 2023 Semester Two 2023
  • Applications are now closed
  • Applications open: Monday 27 March 2023
  • Applications close: EXTENDED to Tuesday 25 April 2023
  • Decision date (outcome): end of May

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.

Apply Now

How to apply for a clinical course.


Clinical Courses Available

Community Law Clinic

Location: Canberra Community Law

Delivery: Semester One and Two

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

Delivery: Semester One and Two

Course credit: LAWS4281/LAWS6281 - 6 units

During this course, you will undertake a clinical placement at the Environmental Defenders Office (a national organisation) under the supervision of practising solicitors from around Australia. 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

Delivery: Semester One and Two

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

Delivery: Summer session

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

Delivery: Semester One and Two

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

Delivery: Semester One and Two

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.


Further Information

Information Session: Everything you need to know about Law clinics and internships


Selection Guidelines and FAQs


Financial Assistance

Students facing financial hardship who wish to enrol in a law clinical course are encouraged to apply for the Yuill Bursary to support ANU College of Law students. 

For more information on this bursary, including eligibility criteria and application form, please click the link below.

Yuill Bursary to support ANU College of Law students




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

Phone:(02) 6125 3483

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team