Law in action

Law in action
Edmund Bao

Edmund Bao

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Jessup was immensely rewarding as it allowed me to develop my own style of courtroom advocacy and I met leading judges, practitioners and academics.

I found Jessup to be one of the most intellectually stimulating and yet rewarding experiences of my law degree. It involved high-level legal research over and above that of an academic course. In the oral rounds, we were challenged on issues of emerging international law and customs, deviations from international norms and various controversies of state practice.

Jessup incorporates a strong element of teamwork and support between the competitors, their coaches and even that of the wider law faculty.

The Jessup experience is immensely rewarding. It allowed me to develop my own style of courtroom advocacy. It gave me the opportunity to meet with judges, leading practitioners, expert academics and like-minded law students from across Australia, many of whom have since become close friends and mentors.

At ANU you will experience law in action. With Canberra home to the national Parliament and the High Court of Australia you can observe laws being debated, enacted and enforced within the Commonwealth jurisdiction.

The ANU College of Law has a strong commitment to producing practice-ready lawyers, whether it’s for work in a private firm or the government sector. To achieve this we encourage you to experience the law in action, be it through volunteering, clinical courses or internships.

Throughout our program of study, ANU Law has made an explicit commitment to the ethos of Law Reform and Social Justice. This means we don’t just teach law, but encourage you to think about how laws can be improved to serve people better. To discover more about our commitment, visit our Law Reform & Social Justice pages. 


Through our commitment to Law Reform and Social Justice we encourage students to provide pro-bono services or advice to disadvantaged, low income people or non-profit organisations, in Canberra or around Australia through our clinical programs. For more information visit our Active Approach to Studying Law guide (PDF, 1.2MB).

Clinical courses

ANU Law actively encourages you to enrol in clinical courses that count towards your academic credit. Students of Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Flexible Double Degrees and Juris Doctor can enrol in one of five courses where you will work with clients solving real problems. 

Law internships

Our law internship offers selected high achieving students an unparalleled opportunity to carry out a law-based research project in a legal professional workplace. The internship work may be set in a government department, law firm, parliament, or non-government organisation, and there are increasing opportunities for overseas internships. More information on the Law Internship course LAWS4230 is available on the Programs and Courses website. Previous placements have included:

  • the Parliamentary Library
  • the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office
  • the Office of International Law in the Attorney-General’s Department
  • the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council
  • the ACT Human Rights Commission
  • Legal Aid ACT
  • the ACT Environmental Defender’s Office
  • the Policy Unit of the St Vincent de Paul National Council
  • and the Law Reform and Social Justice program of the ANU College of Law.

Overseas courses

We offer three specific courses based overseas - in Geneva, Alabama and Kyoto. Students eligible for these courses gain significant benefits from experiencing international law first-hand. Entry to these courses is highly competitive, due to strictly limited numbers in each teaching session.

International exchange

Once you are an ANU Law student, our partnerships with overseas universities create opportunities for you to complete part of your degree overseas. We partner with universities in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the UK and North America, offering opportunities to study in English as well as in another language.

Each overseas university has its own requirements and its own unique course offerings. Normally, your overseas studies would be limited to a single semester. Once you are enrolled with us, you can learn more about eligibility requirements, how to apply, and how to support yourself while you are on an outbound international exchange.

International mooting competitions

ANU Law has a proud tradition of competing in international mooting competitions. The ANU team has won the International finals of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Mooting Competition in Washington DC on several occasions.

To prepare our students for participation in these competitions, the College runs a dedicated elective called International Mooting, Advocacy & Process. We also provide information for current students on participation in a range of moots which can count as credits towards completing this course.

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