Clinical courses

ANU Law Clinical Courses

 

Listen to Dr Anthony Hopkins, Director of the Law School Clinical and Internship Courses, explain the range of clinical programs and internships offered to ANU law students. 

COVID-19 update:

We regret to advise that due to the COVID-19 global pandemic social distancing requirements, Prison Legal Literacy Clinic | LAWS4304 / LAWS6304, Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinic | LAWS4313 / LAWS6313 and Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country | LAWS4307 / LAWS6307 are cancelled for the semester 2 2020 intake.

Please be aware that due to the global pandemic travel restrictions, the offering of LAWS4301/LAWS6301 Myanmar Law Clinic for Summer 2021 will be contingent upon approvals from the ANU, the University of Yangon, travel restrictions imposed by either the Myanmar and Australian governments, public health rules of Myanmar and Australian governments, insurance issues, and any other additional issues that may arise.

Please email Student Administration if you have any questions.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

Further information

Enquiries

HOW TO APPLY

Most clinics open for applications in October of the preceeding year.
Some clinics have different application timeframes - please read the individual clinic information below. 

Course descriptions


Community Law Clinic | LAWS4268 / LAWS6268

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 | LAWS4281 / LAWS6281

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.


Indigenous Community Law Clinic | LAWS4278 / LAWS6278

During this course, you will undertake a clinical placement at the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) under the supervision of practising solicitors. The focus of this placement is on promoting access to justice and equality before the law for Indigenous people. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on the effect of the law and the delivery of social justice to Indigenous people.


International Law Clinic | LAWS4302 / LAWS6302

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.


Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinic | LAWS4313 / LAWS6313

During this course you will undertake a clinical placement at the KCLS-ANU Hotdesk at the ANU Law School providing paralegal support and research assistance for the Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS) in Western Australia. You will gain an understanding of the civil justice needs of the Aboriginal peoples of the Kimberley and have the opportunity to contribute to the achievement of justice outcomes. The course considers the legacies of colonisation and strategies for Indigenous empowerment and Australian nation building.


Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country | LAWS4307 / LAWS6307

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.

Further information and to apply


Myanmar Law Clinic | LAWS4301 / LAWS6301

ANU College of Law students will have the opportunity to experience an immersive, experiential four-week period at the Unviversity of Yangon Law School involving collaborative legal research with University of Yangon (UY) law school students and staff. The research undertaken will involve Myanmar community perspectives on legal issues, Myanmar laws, and Myanmar legal system using a mix of statutory and case law analysis, community surveys, focus groups, and interviews. 

For more information please refer to International Course Opportunities


Prison Legal Literacy Clinic | LAWS4304 / LAWS6304

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.


Public Interest Law Clinic | LAWS4284 / LAWS6284

During this course, you will undertake a work placement at an ACT community agency. You will gain practical legal skills in public interest law and get to critically consider legal practice approaches and the role of lawyers in relation to individual clients and client groups.


Youth Law Clinic | LAWS4267 / LAWS6267

During this course, you will undertake a clinical placement in the Youth Law Centre, a non-profit legal service for ACT youth aged 12–25 years. You will gain hands-on experience in a community legal practice environment, provide legal assistance to young people under the supervision of practising solicitors and explore social justice and law reform issues in relation to youth legal needs in the ACT.

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