JD Capstone Courses

The JD Capstone requires a minimum of 6 units from the completion of a capstone course. The following is a list of capstone courses available to all JD Students. All of the capstones (except the LAWS6700 Capstone project) involve an application process.

(Please note that some may not be suitable for JD students studying solely online)



Clinical courses allow you to engage with real clients, real problems and real deadlines in a real-world environment. Clinical placements may be undertaken in a community agency, community legal centre or non-government organisation where you will get the opportunity to explore law reform and social justice issues relevant to that field of practice. Please see the Clinic page for further information.


  • LAWS6240 Special Law Elective 4: International Social Justice Clinic
  • LAWS6268 Community Law Clinical Program
  • LAWS6278 Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
  • LAWS6281 Environmental Law Clinical Program
  • LAWS6284 Public Interest Law Clinical Program
  • LAWS6301 Myanmar Clinical Program
  • LAWS6302 International Law Clinical Program
  • LAWS6304 Prison Legal Literacy Clinic
  • LAWS6307 Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country

*these courses require an in person placement with our various partners and may not be suitable for online students.



The Law Internship course offers students an unparalleled opportunity to put their learning into action and carry out a law-based research project in a legal professional workplace. Students can also arrange their own internship with a suitable organisation and professional supervisor. Information on the differing internship types can be located on the internship page.

  • LAWS6230 Law Internship

*The self-arranged internship is suitable for online students


Graduate Research Unit

A research paper may be taken as part of a Juris Doctor. The course is worth 12 units and involves the completion of a 11,000-16,000 word research thesis. The specific length will vary, depending on what course or program you are enrolled into. Please see the GRU page for more information.

*Online students may be able to take this course, but please note that it does involve supervisors will consent to supervising students online.


Law Capstone Project

This course is offered to Juris Doctor students in the final or penultimate semester of study in their program.

In consultation with the convenor prior to the beginning of the course, students identify a substantial individual research project that addresses a complex problem of their choice. The research project may be undertaken in a range of professional settings. The professional settings may include, but are not limited to, legal internships, legal clinics, and/ or independent legal research projects (including academic journal article, or report on professional practice or legal policy).

*Suitable for online students


Jessup Moot

Jessup Moot is a summer session elective. It is the Australian round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Members of the Jessup team are all expected to prepare the written memorials and participate in the internal ANU practice moots. The team then participates in the Australian rounds of the Jessup Moot competition and, if the team reaches the Final of the Australian rounds, would compete in the International Rounds in the United States.

*Not recommended for online students.

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