Indigenous students

Academic advice & support scheme

In 1990 the ANU College of Law established a support scheme to give Indigenous Australian students the skills to succeed in their law degree. This Scheme works in association with the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, part of the Division of Student Life at ANU. The program is now well established with successful graduates and an Indigenous student group spread through all years of the degree and in postgraduate studies. The completion rate for ANU Law Indigenous students is amongst the highest in the country.

The College appoints an Academic Adviser to tutor Australian Indigenous law students in academic skills during the LLBHons and Juris Doctor programs. The adviser, in conjunction with the ANU’s Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, can arrange for individual tutoring assistance in other subjects. We also provide help with administrative problems and pastoral care.

Our curriculum includes Indigenous Australian legal issues in various courses and we offer the elective subjects 'Indigenous Australians and the Law' and ‘Indigenous Community Legal Clinic’.

While often the pathway to Law may be through commencing studies in another area, if you are expecting to receive an ATAR above 85 you should contact our Indigenous Academic Adviser, Dr Asmi Wood to discuss options.

Indigenous legal employment program

The ANU Indigenous Legal Employment Program, launched in 2000, is designed to encourage private sector law firms to employ undergraduate Indigenous law students during their studies. Firms have the option of employing students either as cadets under the Commonwealth National Indigenous Cadetship Program or as part-time employees. Students gain some financial support as well as obtaining legal practice skills and supportive contacts within the legal profession. At present all our second and later year Indigenous students have cadetships. Further information is available from the Indigenous Academic Advisor.

Scholarships & financial support

ANU offers a wide range of Indigenous scholarships to the full ANU community. In addition, the ANU College of Law also offers the following scholarships to Indigenous law students.

  • Freilich Indigenous Student Scholarship in Law, to assist people in the Indigenous Community who want to attend University to obtain a degree in Law to further their career aspirations. The Scholarship aims to offset some of the financial burden of attendance at University in the first year of study.  
  • Indigenous Students' PLT Scholarship, for Indigenous Australian law students planning to undertake their professional legal training (PLT)
  • Regional Rural and Remote placements, The College provides financial assistance to enable law students to undertake the legal placement component of their PLT in RRR settings. We partner with the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) to match graduates with publicly funded legal assistance services in RRR Australia including community legal centres, legal aid offices, aboriginal legal services and family violence prevention legal services.

The College also actively supports the Aurora Native Title Internship Program which introduces law students and graduates to career opportunities in native title, policy development, human rights, social justice and Indigenous affairs.

Our commitment

ANU is contributing to the national reconciliation process and the aspirations of local Indigenous communities. Our vision is for an Australia that provides equal chances for all, while recognising and respecting the special place, culture and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first Australians. We will work to further scholarly learning, research and public knowledge of Indigenous issues.

Reconciliation Action Plan

ANU has developed its own Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF, 156KB), a whole-of-institution approach to enhancing broad engagement with Indigenous education, research, employment and culture. Each of the ANU Colleges and Divisions also have local area reconciliation action plans.

This plan is part of a national program led by Reconciliation Australia. We are proud to be part of this program, which is committed in part to closing the unacceptable gaps, in particular in socioeconomic outcomes, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The ANU College of Law has it's ownPDF icon ANU Law Reconciliation Action Plan (364.37 KB) that includes putting in place strategies to achieve targets for Indigenous student and staff numbers.

National Centre for Indigenous Studies

The ANU College of Law collaborates in a number of teaching and research activities with the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS). The NCIS Director, Professor Mick Dodson, is a Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law. The centre promotes and initiates cross-disciplinary research, teaching and engagement in a wide range of areas of relevance to Indigenous Australians including the Annual Reconciliation Lecture.

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2019
Summer
Course code Course name Dates Convenor Mode of delivery
LAWS8324
Class #1641
Law and Organising for Reform, Justice and Inclusion
Online from 14 Jan - 05 Apr 2019
  • Judith Harrison
Online
LAWS8586
Class #1690
Law and Legal Institutions
This course introduces non-law graduates to the fundamental principles of law and the Australian legal system, including the executive, legislative, judicial and federal systems.
8 - 9 & 11 - 12 February 2019 Intensive
LAWS8268
Class #1720
International Humanitarian Law
19 - 22 February 2019
  • Phil Drew
Intensive
LAWS8001
Class #1691
Introduction to Law, Governance and Development
21 - 22 & 25 - 26 February 2019 Intensive
LAWS8189
Class #1767
Fundamentals of Environmental and Sustainability Law
Intl. students must have an offer to commence in Summer session to undertake this course. Please contact pgadmin.law@anu.edu.au if you have any issues enrolling.
25-28 Feb 2019 Intensive
LAWS8574
Class #1642
Personal & Company Insolvency Law and Practice
Online from 04 Mar - 24 May 2019 Online
LAWS8182
Class #1689
Principles of International Law
This course will introduce you to the basic concepts and terminology of public international law and provide you with an overview of the processes by which international law is formed.
4 - 8 March 2019 Intensive
Semester 1
Course code Course name Dates Convenor Mode of delivery
LAWS8131
Class #4707
Commercial Drafting
Online from 25 Feb - 31 May 2019 Online
LAWS8177
Class #3030
International Internship
By application only. The Yuill Scholarship has been established by the University to provide funding to support participation in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellows Programme. More details can be found on the Scholarship webpage.
LAWS8652
Class #3400
Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law
Online
LAWS8653
Class #3522
Contemporary Issues in Migration Law
Online
LAWS8591
Class #4370
Family Law (Children)
Online from 25 Feb - 31 May 2019 Online
LAWS8143
Class #4368
Federal Litigation
Online from 25 Feb - 31 May 2019 Online
LAWS8651
Class #3399
Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law
Online
LAWS8301
Class #2635
Graduate Research Unit
Application process applies
Semester on Campus
LAWS8420
Class #4565
Human Rights Law in Australia
Semester on Campus
LAWS8445
Class #4563
Information Technology Law
Semester on Campus
LAWS8422
Class #4564
Intellectual Property
Semester on Campus
LAWS8026
Class #3381
International Security Law Research Project
Application process applies
LAWS8074
Class #4371
Personal Injuries Compensation
Online from 25 Feb - 31 May 2019 Online
LAWS8150
Class #4369
Principles of Evidence Under the Uniform Act
Online from 25 Feb - 31 May 2019 Online
LAWS8656
Class #4387
Refugee Law and Practice in Australia
Online
LAWS8323
Class #4380
Strategic Negotiation Skills
Online from 25 Feb - 31 May 2019 Online
Autumn
Course code Course name Dates Convenor Mode of delivery
LAWS8329
Class #5658
Gender, Law and Development
Semester on Campus
LAWS8076
Class #5600
Digital Media and Communication Law and Practice
Online from 18 Mar - 07 Jun 2019 Online
LAWS8180
Class #5666
International Climate Law
21-23 March 2019 (TBC)
  • Martjin Wilder
  • Ilona Millar
Intensive
LAWS8220
Class #5661
Government Contracts
25-28 March 2019 Intensive
LAWS8326
Class #5656
Law, Lawyers, Justice - Regional, Rural, Remote
Online from 01 Apr - 21 Jun 2019 Online
LAWS8328
Class #5618
Australian Legal Responses to National Security and Counter Terrorism
15-18 April 2019 Intensive
LAWS8322
Class #5601
Estate Planning: Issues and Strategies
Online from 22 Apr - 28 Jun 2019 Online
LAWS8072
Class #5619
Statutory Interpretation
5-6 April 2019
  • Daniel Stewart
Blended
LAWS8567
Class #5662
International Dispute Resolution
6-9 May 2019 Intensive
LAWS8297
Class #5665
International Law and Australian Government
17,18 & 31 May & 1 June 2019
  • Stephen Bouwhuis
  • Richard Rowe
Intensive
LAWS8023
Class #5663
International Law and United Nations Peace Operations
9-12 April 2019
  • Phil Drew
Intensive
Winter
Course code Course name Dates Convenor Mode of delivery
LAWS8418
Class #6766
International Commercial Arbitration
19-20 October 2019 Blended
LAWS8327
Class #6668
Advocacy
Online from 10 Jun - 30 Aug 2019 (Intensive 12 - 15 Aug) Blended
LAWS8234
Class #6717
International and Comparative Human Rights Law
24 - 25 & 27 - 28 June 2019 Intensive
LAWS8278
Class #6765
Environmental Dispute Resolution
27 - 29 June 2019 Intensive
LAWS8586
Class #6713
Law and Legal Institutions
17 - 20 & 22 July 2019 Intensive
LAWS8566
Class #6760
International Criminal Law
22 - 25 July 2019
  • Emily Crawford
Intensive
LAWS8254
Class #6711
Business, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility
Online
LAWS8218
Class #6761
Advanced Contracts
LAWS8229
Class #6718
International Law of World Trade
17 - 20 June 2019 Intensive
LAWS8182
Class #6754
Principles of International Law
TBC but will run in July 2019 Intensive
LAWS8335
Class #6779
Modern Equity: Concepts and Principles
30-31 Aug & 1-2 Sept 2019 Blended
LAWS8296
Class #6804
Special Topics in International Law: Space Law
23-26 July 2019 Intensive
LAWS8247
Class #6763
Comparative Civil and Political Rights
1 - 2 & 8 - 9 August 2019 Intensive
LAWS8325
Class #6669
In-House Corporate and Government Legal Practice
Online from 05 Aug - 25 Oct 2019 Online
LAWS8253
Class #6755
Law of The Sea
5 - 8 August 2019 Intensive
LAWS8584
Class #6798
Select Issues in Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Online from 05 Aug - 25 Oct 2019 Online
LAWS8128
Class #6756
Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law
2-5 September 2019 Intensive
LAWS8280
Class #6786
Land, Water and Biodiversity
2-5 September 2019 Intensive
LAWS8317
Class #6670
Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
Online from 02 Sep - 15 Nov 2019 Online
LAWS8241
Class #6714
Executive Power
9 - 12 September 2019 Intensive
Semester 2
Course code Course name Dates Convenor Mode of delivery
LAWS8462
Class #9577
Advanced Administrative Law
LAWS8485
Class #9596
Australian National Security Law
Semester on Campus
LAWS8177
Class #7569
International Internship
By application only. The Yuill Scholarship has been established by the University to provide funding to support participation in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellows Programme. More details can be found on the Scholarship webpage.
LAWS8436
Class #9584
Succession
Semester on Campus
LAWS8652
Class #8395
Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law
Online
LAWS8175
Class #9904
Citizenship Law in Context
Semester on Campus
LAWS8131
Class #9404
Commercial Drafting
Online from 22 Jul - 25 Oct 2019 Online
LAWS8156
Class #9670
Commonwealth Compensation Law
Online from 22 Jul - 25 Oct 2019 Online
LAWS8654
Class #9425
Comparative Migration Law
Online
LAWS8154
Class #9816
Competition Law
Semester on Campus
LAWS8437
Class #9583
Financial Markets and Takeovers
Semester on Campus
LAWS8581
Class #9405
Foundations of Family Law and Practice
Online from 22 Jul - 25 Oct 2019 Online
LAWS8651
Class #8394
Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law
Online
LAWS8301
Class #7567
Graduate Research Unit
Semester on Campus
LAWS8155
Class #9406
Human Rights Litigation
Online from 22 Jul - 25 Oct 2019 Online
LAWS8026
Class #8099
International Security Law Research Project
LAWS8454
Class #9580
Restitution
LAWS8658
Class #8549
Skilled and Business Migration
Online
LAWS8590
Class #9877
Special Topics in Government and Regulation: Animal Law
Semester on Campus
LAWS8659
Class #8550
The Family in Australian Migration Law
Online
LAWS8318
Class #9403
The Future of Legal Practice
Online from 22 Jul - 25 Oct 2019 Online
Spring
Course code Course name Dates Convenor Mode of delivery
LAWS8183
Class #8567
Advanced Principles of International Law
16-17 & 23-24 September 2019 Intensive
LAWS8178
Class #8573
International Law and Use of Force
1 - 4 October 2019 Intensive
LAWS8291
Class #8615
Special Topics in Environmental Law: Mining & Energy Law
TBC
  • Samantha Hepburn
Intensive
LAWS8321
Class #8562
Advanced Will Drafting
Online from 07 Oct - 13 Dec 2019 Online
LAWS8104
Class #8616
Legislation and Legislative Drafting
11-12 & 25-26 October 2019 Intensive
LAWS8035
Class #8610
Cyber Warfare Law
28-31 October 2019
  • William Boothby
Intensive
LAWS8271
Class #8619
Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law
31 Oct & 1,28-29 Nov 2019 Intensive
LAWS8314
Class #8570
Post Conflict Situations and International Law
4 - 7 November 2019 Intensive
LAWS8237
Class #8572
Health Law and Bioethics
11 - 14 November 2019 Intensive
LAWS8594
Class #8611
Law and Society in South East Asia
11-12 & 14-15 November 2019
  • Andrew Harding
Intensive
LAWS8140
Class #8612
Commercial Law
17-20 November 2019 Intensive
LAWS8028
Class #8614
Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development: Contemporary Property
21-23 November 2019 Intensive
LAWS8264
Class #8609
International Law of The Environment
25 - 27 November 2019
  • Ben Boer
Intensive

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