Completion course descriptions

The ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) is your shortest pathway to practice law. The ANU Master of Legal Practice (MLP) extends your legal practice knowledge and can be completed in as little as an additional six months after your GDLP.

The ANU MLP is an advanced, practice-based qualification, providing specialised knowledge on the application of law in practice. The ANU MLP instils a higher understanding of law and requires intellectual perseverance and application.

As with the ANU GDLP, the GDLP component of the ANU MLP meets the requirements of the Australian Law Admissions Consultative Committee, enabling you to be admitted to practice as a lawyer in Australia.

With the option of studying completely online, the ANU MLP offers you the opportunity to gain a deeper-level understanding of legal practice and knowledge in specific areas and graduate with a Masters-level qualification.

Advanced Will Drafting »

Deepen your knowledge of the underpinning principles and different forms of testamentary trusts and practice complex and technical will drafting.


Advocacy »

Develop and practise your skills in communication and persuasion in the context of advocacy theory and practice. (Blended online and intensive on campus)


Blockchain & Legal Innovation I »

An in-depth look at the legal issues behind blockchain, digital assets, and smart contracts with a research paper as the major assessment.


Blockchain & Legal Innovation II »

An in-depth look at the practical uses of blockchain, digital assets and smart contracts in legal practice and law reform, with the major assessment being a whitepaper detailing a actionable/commercializable solution to a systemic legal problem using the technologies covered in the course.


Commercial Drafting »

Learn to draft contracts better! Understand the principles and techniques and apply them in practice.


Digital Media and Communication Law and Practice »

Examine and analyse the legal issues that arise in a wide range of digital media applications through the use of digital technologies by governments, business and individuals. While focussing primarily on the operation of Australian law, the course also considers US and EU legislation and case law by way of comparative analysis and to highlight cross-jurisdictional regulatory issues - due to the borderless nature of the internet and the constantly evolving nature of the law in this area.


Family and Refugee Law »

Family migration features prominently in Australian migration law but defining the ‘family entity’ is becoming increasingly difficult. The ‘Family and refugee visas’ course investigates the broader concept of ‘family’ and ‘refugee’, both in the Australian migration law context and in international law. This flexible course takes a closer look at the 100 or so visa categories designed to classify scenarios in which migrants or asylum seekers can settle in Australia.


Family Law (Children) »

Consider the underlying principles and issues important in children's matters in family law, including the concept of a child's best interests (including attachment and violence) from theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives.


Family Law (Property) »

Explore and understand the complexities of legal principles and practices in relation to family property matters, in particular, trusts and their place in family property disputes.


Federal Litigation »

A course for lawyers who practice in, or who desire to practice in, Federal Litigation which considers in detail the Federal Court Rules 2011, commencing and conducting federal court litigation and the important principles of Federal Court litigation.


Foundations of Family Law and Practice »

Join an advanced level introductory course into the law, research and practice of Australian family law that gives you the foundation principles and basic practical steps for the resolution of disputes in parenting and property disputes.


Graduate Research Unit (LP) »

A research paper of 12,000 - 16,000 words in length on an approved topic in Legal Practice.


Human Rights Litigation »

Join a practising world expert and develop your understanding of the principles and procedures which govern and shape human rights litigation within Australia and in an international context.


In-House Corporate and Government Practice »

Corporate and Government Lawyers operate in environments which are very different from those experienced in private law firms. Explore those operating environments and the challenges they present. Learn strategies to assist you to operate effectively as a lawyer in the in-house environment.


Intellectual Property Law in Practice »

This course will focus on the various intellectual property issues that arise in a wide range of real world transactions within a practical framework for analysing intellectual property issues in various contemporary transactional settings, such as protection of brand and reputation, business information, creativity and innovation.


Law and organising for reform, justice, and inclusion »

Explore ways of lawyering or working with lawyers to advance prospects for reform, justice and inclusion locally, nationally and internationally.


Law, Lawyers, Justice - Regional, Rural, Remote »

Gain knowledge and skills to conceptualise, analyse and innovate lawyers’ roles in law and justice in regional, rural and remote areas locally, nationally and internationally.


Principles of Evidence Under the Uniform Act »

Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the 10 key areas under the Evidence Act 1995. A course for lawyers who practice in litigation.


Principles of Migration Law »

For decades, Australian migration law has been at the forefront of debate on politics, public law and public policy. What should be the size of our migration program? What kinds of migrants do we want? The ‘Principles of Migration Law’ course will answer these questions, and more importantly, take you to explore issues of national significance. Delivered online, it is a rare opportunity that introduce you to the foundational concepts and knowledge of migration law essential for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and other interested persons.


Skilled and Business Visas »

How can an overseas skilled worker come and work in Australia? What is needed for an entrepreneur to establish innovative businesses here? To answer these questions, the ‘Skilled and business visas’ course focuses on the economic aspect of migration law, in that Australia has been benefiting from the skills and talent of overseas migrants. In particular, this course helps you integrate skills and apply critical thinking when advising clients. It offers an exciting opportunity for you to examine and research the real issues in skilled and business migration.


Special Topics in Legal Practice »

When offered, this course will consider the selected special topic in detail.  The subject areas covered will be notified in Programs and Courses when the course is offered.


Technology Transfer and Commercialisation »

Consider aspects of intellectual property transfer and commercialisation and the methods by which research outcomes, technological innovations and creative concepts are either made broadly available for further research or are converted into commercial goods or services.


Visa Cancellation and Review »

Non-compliance of migration regulations is sanctioned by visa refusal or cancellation. What do you do when a client has become unlawful? How do you advise a client if she has received a notice indicating an intention to cancel the visa? As a migration law practitioner, you will be asked questions like these regularly. The ‘Visa cancellation and review’ course has the answers and much more. Drawing on administrative law principles and perspectives, the ‘Visa cancellation and review’ course examines options when things go wrong for clients. By examining compliance issues comprehensively, you will also have an increased expertise in conducting legal research, strategic planning and effective advocacy before decision-makers.


Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, GDLP/Page Contact:  Program Coordinator, GDLP