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first year Guide 2018

Published by the ANU Law Students’ Society’s exclusive printing partner



President ’s Welcome


Your First



Academic Information


Online Connections


Frequently ASked Questions


Your LSS Executive


Your CoL Reps


Community Sponsors






Law Revue / WILO


International Students

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Internal Competitions


External Competitions




Health & Wellbeing






Welcome to your first year at the ANU College of Law.

The anticipation that builds before beginning any new experience, particularly in the months leading up to your first year of tertiary education can be daunting and exciting in equal measure. This is also my first year at the ANU College of Law and so I can attest to the fact that that feeling does not go away with experience. Over the years I have observed that students undertake a law degree because they want to make a difference of one kind or another to the world we live in. There are many ways to do this. You can make your mark by writing legislation, shaping policies, speaking out when the law is misused, or offering advice to those in need of your expertise. Whatever your goal may be, you have come to the best university in Australia to achieve them. One of the great strengths of the ANU Law School is its close links to public policy makers and its commendable law and social justice activities. You follow in the footsteps of alumni whose achievements range from attaining the highest levels of success in the legal profession to changing the lives of those most in need through the not-for-profit and justice sectors. Our academic staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds and educational experiences. Some of them have worked in local, national and multi-national private firms; for government agencies; as barristers of the highest courts in Australia and internationally; from the military; and from the underfunded sectors of Australia’s rural and remote communities. From those places they have brought a wealth of experience and knowledge, and a passion for sharing that knowledge with you. Knowledge of the law and legal processes are powerful tools. The rule of law is a fundamental concept within human existence. At the ANU College of Law we believe in instilling in you a deep understanding of and a commitment to legal values. Law is part of the solution to each of the world’s problems; inequality, humanitarian crises, geopolitical disputes for example. As you learn to use the law to defend others, learn to how to defend the law itself when it comes under attack. There is no better place to learn this than a university. Participate in debate beyond your curricular studies, strengthen your understanding of the issues that matter most to you, and challenge others respectfully if the occasion demands it. It is also important to remember your own wellbeing. Law school and the early years of a legal career can be particularly testing to one’s mental health. Our own academics from the ANU School of Legal Practice have conducted extensive research in this area which culminated in the book Being Well in the Law: a guide for lawyers. I urge you to read this guide now and return to it from time to time as a reminder that your own wellness and that of those around you is key to moving forward in your studies and your career. As this first year unfolds for you and me, I look forward to crossing your path, absorbing your enthusiasm and witnessing the results of your passion put to work. Professor Sally Wheeler Dean, ANU College of Law


President ’s Welcome Welcome to ANU LAW School! On behalf of the ANU Law Students’ Society (LSS) I would like to congratulate and welcome you to Law School. I hope that in the coming years that law school will be a rewarding and unique experience. The First Year Guide has been prepared in an attempt to make your transition as easy and smooth as possible. This Guide will provide invaluable knowledge and advice on your days at law school. The Guide provides just a glimpse at how the LSS is here to support, supplement and enrich your time at law school. I suggest using the Guide as reference point when you feel a bit puzzled by law school. The LSS is also the largest and most active society on campus providing you with academic help, great programs and fantastic events. Joining the LSS is an extremely effective way of making your transition to law school easier and I encourage you to take advantage of our events, services and projects. It is also a great way to meet new people and engage with the Law School community. Most importantly, the LSS represents you! We are your link to faculty, it is our role to voice your views to the ANU College of Law and the wider ANU Community. In order for the LSS to best represent you, I invite you to reach out to an LSS Committee member or someone on the Executive. Please also reach out to me, I am always available. I understand that the LSS or any society can be a bit scary from the outset, but I can assure you that all Committee Members are excited and keen to meet new law students! Please do reach out! If you have any queries or problems through the year, please feel free to contact anyone on the LSS. I am always happy to hear from any of you. Please feel free to contact me at I look forward to meeting with you during the year! Best wishes and good luck! Suchara Fernando President


Your First Weeks Hello and welcome to ANU and in particular to the ANU College of Law. You’ve got an amazing 4-5 years ahead of you at ANU, but starting university can be a bit of a challenge, so we’ve created this guide to help you settle into studying law at ANU. This guide should give you a bit of an overview of what activities you can take part in, what resources you have available to you, and who to go to if you have a problem. This guide isn’t going to guarantee you an HD average, but it can help make that transition just a little bit easier. At the very least, this guide should give you a list of people you can go to if you have any more questions. But for now, you should take a breath and enjoy the experience of being at university. Take O-Week to make sure you know what’s around you and to make friends. Before you know it, you’ll be deep into your studies, so have fun while you can. You’re going to get advice from pretty much every person you meet, and you should definitely take some of it on board, but remember that everyone is different, and just because your friend in second year has gotten straight HDs without going to a lecture doesn’t mean you can. You’ve got great social opportunities like O-Week and First Year Camp, which you can read more about later in this guide, and you should make the most of these so that you have as many friendly faces around as you start University Life. Keep this guide handy and flick back to it when you need to. Good luck and hopefully we’ll see you around! ANU LSS and ANUSA



ANU CoL Induction & Welcome BBQ

O-Week is from 12–16th February and is going to be fantastic! During this week there are events run all day, every day and parties that go on into the night. Events are run by all different agents and societies on campus—make sure you don’t miss any by keeping up with ANU Facebook groups and event pages! The ANU itself will host an array of informative events like the Course Induction Sessions, which are absolutely vital and you should certainly attend.

From 10:30am to 11:45am on Monday 12th February, the ANU College of Law will hold an academic induction session. All students undertaking a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), including the FDD Law, should absolutely attend this.

The ANU Students’ Association also runs events all week long, including the famous Friday Night Party. If you live at a Residential Hall, they will also have their own O-Week Calendar, and if you do not live at a Residential Hall, go talk to Griffin Hall on Market Day about becoming a member. Market Day is run on the Wednesday of O-Week. On Market Day all of ANU’s Clubs and Societies will have their wares on show. It is an awesome, hectic day! It is an opportunity for you to go around to all the clubs and societies, talk to members of their committees, and see which ones interest you the most. We recommend you sign up to a few, and tag along to their welcome events. Importantly, this is your prime opportunity to sign up as a member of the ANU Law Students’ Society. O-Week can be a very draining time, with events running all day long, and parties going well into the early hours of the morning! Many students often get run down and sick by the end of the week by trying to do too much. Make sure you get enough sleep, even if you have to have a cheeky nap here and there. Also ensure you are eating enough healthy, nutritious food — you cannot live off the free BBQ sausages and bread for every meal, so have some fruit veggies in there somewhere!

Law Market Day on the Lawns Just like the ANU-wide Market Day in O-Week, we’ll be holding our very own Law Market Day on the Law Lawns so you can see all the clubs, societies and Academic Resources Available to you within the Law School. There will also be a free barbecue.

You will receive an introduction to the program and be introduced to relevant college staff and advisers. You will also learn super important information like how to enrol in the appropriate courses and how navigate your timetable, as well as gain an understanding of what tutorial and lecture-based learning is. After this session, your super cool and friendly ANUSA CoL Representatives and the LSS will hold a chill BBQ/picnic style gathering on the Law Lawns as a way to get to know your peers and us! There will be free food and great vibes, so hope to see you there!

ANUSA First Year Camps The ANUSA FYC are run by ANUSA for all first year students. It is a camp designed for first year students (like you!) to get in the know about your academic college, and to meet like minded people that you’ll be sharing classes with for the next several years. There will be lots of info sessions run by later year student mentors with tips and tricks to help you at law school, as well as lots of time to get to know some of your fellow law students! The College of Business and Economics will be joining us at the same location over the weekend, but there will be college-specific info sessions. The Law camp is held across the weekend of Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th March. We will leave from campus on 2pm on Friday afternoon, and return to campus by 5pm on Sunday evening. For more information, stay in tune with the posts made on the ANUSA College of Law Reps and lawstudents@anu FB page!


LSS O-Week Party Ever dreamt of finding a law school hubby, and just in time for Valentine’s Day? Then come on down to the most ‘criminal’ gathering of wannabe barristers this side of the NSW boarder! The annual ANU LSS O-week Party is being held at MOLO Bar in the Pop-Up Village from 7:30-9:30pm on the Tuesday 13th February, with kick-ons to Academy Club to follow. Come along to get to know your fellow Law classmates cause who knows, you could be spending a fair few years with them! Tickets are $10 – $5 for the Party and $5 for your year long ANU LSS membership. Ticket price includes food and drink (alcoholic + non-alcoholic) at MOLO and a hefty bar tab at Academy! The theme is LAWYERS LONG WEEKEND. Whether you’re going golfing or attending Liberal party functions, come in your best long weekend kit! Strongly encouraged: beach gear, tennis polos and party shirts – with an elitist twist. Because as you will soon find out lawyers love to let their hair down.

LAWS1001: Expectations v Reality This is a fabulous event run by the LSS Education Portfolio on Tuesday 20th February! It is a crash course on managing your expectations at law school, with tips of how to succeed in the next 5 years of your degree. A mixed panel of both students and staff will go through what it takes to be a successful law student and will provide insights into their experiences. Keep your eye out for the Facebook event for more information!


Academic Information Reccomended Degree Structure Semester 1

Semester 2

LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law

LAWS1202 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics

LAWS1203 Torts

LAWS1204 Contracts

LAWS1205 Australian Public Law

LAWS2249 Legal Theory

LAWS1206 Criminal Law

LAWS2250 International Law

LAWS2201 Adiministrative Law

LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constituational Law

LAWS2203 Corporations Law

Law Elective

LAWS2204 Property

LAWS2205 Equity

Law Elective

Law Elective

LAWS2244 Litigation

LAWS2207 Evidence

3x Law Elective

2x Law Elective

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fifth Year

Key Dates Semester 1 Important Dates O-Week Go to as many events as you can and meet new people!

12-16th February

Week 1 Commences Classes start, but check your course guides if you have seminars/tutorials.

Monday 19th February

Deadline to add courses via ISIS

Monday 26th February

Canberra Day No classes!

Monday 12th March

Good Friday Holiday No classes!

Friday 30th March

Semester 1 Census Date Last date to drop courses without payment

Saturday 31st March

Mid-Semester Teaching Break No classes!

30th March - 15th February

Teaching Break Ends Classes recommence

Monday 16th April

ANZAC Day No classes!

Wednesday 25th April

Deadline to drop courses without failure

Friday 4th May

Semester 1 Teaching Period Ends

Friday 25th May

Semester 1 Exam Period

31st May - 16th June

Semester 1 Reults Released

Thurday 8th June


Guide to Lectures, Tutorials & Seminars Lectures Lectures normally form the bulk of learning for any of your law courses. They are held in lecture halls around campus (most often in Coombs or at the law school - see the map earlier in the Guide) and are for everyone enrolled in the course. Lectures are almost always recorded, but sometimes Echo360, the recording system, can fail. It’s definitely best to try and attend as many lectures as you can in person, especially because sometimes your peers actually ask insightful questions which generally won’t be recorded if they aren’t sitting in the front row!

Tutorials Tutorials are an incredibly important part of your law degree. They are small classes (usually no more than 25 people) that are held with a tutor, and are designed to be interactive to assist in your understanding of each subject. There are often marks associated with participation or attendance, so make sure you check your Course Study Guide to check this. Even if they are not compulsory, it is highly recommended to attend these. Due to their small size, tutorials almost always require a sign-up (this is generally done via Wattle). Your lecturer will inform you of the timing of when the sign-up will open, and make sure to be prepared for this to get a good time, as it can get pretty hectic (and by hectic we literally mean most tutorials are full within one minute of the sign up opening)!

Seminars Seminars are another form of interactive learning. These are normally slightly larger (30-40 students) with one tutor who facilitates group learning. Your FAL course will be taught in this style, so make sure you note the attendance requirements for these seminars in your Course Guide.

Assessments The most common forms of assessment for law are the following three. However, there are often other forms that are more specialised to the course content. In these instances, often the Law Students’ Society or the International Law Society will run tutorials on how to complete these. Sometimes the course itself will cover the protocol during the course as well, so don’t stress. FAL will teach the basics of how to complete law assessments, so make sure you attend and soak in the information!

Extensions / Deferred Exams Extensions for assessment pieces (which are not sit-down or take-home exams) are granted through the Course Convenor and are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions must be requested in writing before the assessment due date. However, if you have appropriate documentation (such as a Medical Certificate) which shows that you could not request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request an extension after the due date. A deferred examination is the sitting of an examination at a time other than the scheduled time/date. Extenuating circumstances are defined as circumstances that were unpredictable and unavoidable. Examples of extenuating circumstances are: - an unexpected illness or exacerbation of illness - the illness/death of a family member - trauma - misadventure - being a victim of crime.

Wherever possible a student should sit their examination at the prescribed time, and if necessary apply for special assessment consideration for the marking of the examination.


Tutorial Participation Tutorial participation should be considered an easy mark, and also is something that will help you engage during tutorials and take more information in! It is usually worth only 10% of your overall grade, and can be easily achieved by coming to tutorials prepared, asking questions, and participating in class discussion. Even if you are not prepared every so often, you should still aim to say at least two valuable things each class, even if this is a question about a concept you need clarifying. Don’t be shy or feel it is “show-offy” to speak a lot in class. Often your contributions will help others, and also help you achieve a 10/10 participation grade - it’s a win-win!

Watches and phones are not permitted, and your drink bottle must be clear. Exams will be listed with their allowed materials. Most law courses are open book, meaning any non-electronic material can be brought in (textbooks included). We recommend you bring in a detailed summary of the course content you have (ideally) finished well before the exam! However some few courses allow nothing, so make sure you check the course guide!

Course Study Guides

Course Guides are THE KEY to an effective course preparation. They tell you crucial information such as whether there exist any prerequisite courses, the lecturer’s or convenor’s name and contact details, lecture Research Essay and tute times and locations, the prescribed Under the new integrated Honours system, textbooks, course description/rationale, and every subject you take will have a significant portion of its assessment as a research an assessment summary and criteria. The assessment summary will outline the weightcomponent. A legal essay is different from those you would have written in High School, ing of each tasks, how many tasks there will be, and often further information such as or even those you will right in other Academic Colleges. The ANUSA College of Law word limits, release dates, and a brief outline Reps will run an essay writing session during of what is actually required. It is important you take note of these well before the due Semester, so keep an eye out for that, and date of assessments to stay on top of the make sure you ask your tutor for tips! Also remember to use the AGLC to reference and coursework! put appropriate headings in.

Mid-Semester and/or Final Exams Most first year courses will have a final exam during the end of semester examination period (1 - 17th June in Semester 1, and 2-30th Nov in Semester 2). These will usually involve going to a large room/hall on campus and completing a hand-written on-paper exam (except in some computing courses). The timetables for these exams will be released around Weeks 9-10, and there is some window to contact administration should you have any clashing exams. On the day of the exam, you should ensure you have your student ID card on you, and will be allocated a seat (details of which will be emailed to you before the exam) where your name is printed on a small sheet you must sign to verify your identity.


Grade Distribution Policy The grading system is as follows: High Distinction (HD) Distinction (D) Credit (C) Pass (P) Passed Supplementary Exam (PS) Awarded Supplementary Exam (PX) Deferred Assessment (DA) Fail (N)

80-100% 70-79% 60-69% 50-59% (Maximum Mark Of 50) Interim Grade Interim Grade 0-49%

Not Completed Fail (NCN)

(0 Awarded For The Purposes Of GPA Calculations)

You may not know this but the very first thing you should not about this is that ANU runs 5 marks below most other universities in the country in that our distinctions begin from 70 rather than 75 and every other grade. This means that comparing grade marks with other universities often isn’t useful, since our courses are marked harder. In 2015, the ANU introduced a new distribution of grades policy that applies to all LLBHons students. This is also known notoriously as the “Bell Curve”! The only time the bell curve doesn’t apply is when there are fewer than 50 people in your course. However, since every single compulsory law course, and every law course you will do for the first two years of your degree will have more than 50 students, we thought you have the right to understand how it all works. The final results for students in each course conform to the following distribution:

High Distinction

8-12% of candidates, of which 50% will receive marks from 90-100%


28-32% of candidates


30-50% of candidates

So even for the most lenient course marking, only 46% of the class can get above 70. In the harshest marking, that decreases to 34%. The median and average mark in every compulsory law course is by definition a Credit. Most often, a 65. It also means that a minimum of 2% of the class must get a pass or below. The maximum is 36%and I’ve never heard of any course getting close to 2%. In another few months, you will get your first law assignment back (Probably for Foundations of Australian Law). It may be the lowest mark you have received for an academic assignment in years. Getting a 65 is normal. Getting a 65 is respectable. There are many lecturers at the ANU Law school including our Deans that have received C’s and P’s so DO NOT STRESS! It is a huge achievement that you have made it to law school at the ANU and sometimes we forget that most of us are used to academic success and being close to the top of our class in high school but in all probability, you may not be the same here; and that’s okay. That’s not a problem, or a reflection on you - the game just got faster and the competition more stiff. You don’t have to get it right in one go, it’s a process of trial and error and making mistakes at uni is the best time to do it so GO WILD!



Sellers should be aware of the selling process whereby; ANUSA only accepts required or recommended textbooks for ANU courses (check out the Co-Op website) that are the current edition and are in good condition. Books are required to be logged in the database (which can be found on the ANUSA website).

What Textbooks Do I Need For My First Semester?

For Torts: Torts: Cases and Commentary by Luntz & Hambly (8th edition) For FAL: Laying Down the Law by Cook (10th edition)

ANUSA sells books at 60% of the Co-Op “Member Price” and takes $10 commission. If your book does not sell after 2 years of consignment, it automatically becomes ANUSA’s property (or it can be picked up at any time). For more information, visit the ANUSA website!

Make sure you always check in the Course Guide for which edition of these textbooks you will need. In the future, you can find out what books you need by checking the course study guide. There are many places that you can get your textbooks from. You can get new textbooks from the Co-op store (Uni bookstore located in the PopUp village) or by visiting their website:

Can I use an old edition?

However, as students, we may not be able to afford buying brand new books every semester. Many students buy second hand textbooks and below are the avenues they use to find cheap textbooks.

Often a course may require you to use the newest edition of the textbook. Sometimes the lecturer allows the use of an older edition but sometimes this may not be the case if the new edition is apparently different and contains important updated information. If you want to use an older edition of a textbook ever, please consult your lecturer - this is very important! If it is highly recommended that you need to use a new edition textbook but can’t afford it, there is always the option to borrow the textbook for 2 hours at the law library - all law textbooks are part of the 2 hour loan collection.

ANU Law Textbook Exchange This Facebook page was created by the ANUSA College Representatives last year to create a space dedicated for posts about selling and buying textbooks. If you ever want to find, buy or sell textbooks, then this is the group that you should definitely join! Link: groups/142932456272987/

ANUSA Bookshop Visit ANUSA’s website in order to browse their collection of books. Students who have purchased books or wish to sell books should visit the Student Space on the ground floor of Union Court and speak to the manager on duty.


Academic Skills & Learning Centre


Academic Skills and Learning Centre (ASLC) offers ANU students of all levels free and confidential help with their academic work through individual tutorials, workshops, courses and handouts. Their aim is to assist students to develop their academic, critical thinking and communication strategies.

What is PAL?

They assist students from first year undergraduate to final year PhD through: • Individual appointments: personalised advice to assist students with their academic writing or some other study related issue. These need to be pre booked.

PAL is an ANU College of Law program run by the College Education & Innovation Support Team. PAL runs weekly study sessions for first-year law students. Facilitated by trained later-year law students, the sessions focus on helping you develop and practise the foundational legal and study skills you’ll need throughout your first year and the rest of your law degree. In Semester 1, 2018, we’ll be running weekly sessions beginning in Week Three.

Why should I go to PAL sessions? Studying law at university introduces you to a whole new set of study techniques and ways of thinking, as well as new writing, reading and critical thinking skills. PAL sessions are carefully designed to complement each week of your first-semester law studies, helping you direct your learning and develop your skills.

• Peer writing drop-ins: at Melville Hall, these are for quick queries and do not need to be booked. They run from 11 to 1pm, Monday to Friday throughout the semester. • English conversation groups: a relaxed, friendly environment to improve your spoken English. Monday to Friday, 12 to 1pm. Various locations.

Our sessions are designed and run by later-year law students, who’ve been in first year and have first-hand experience about what’s important to you. Sessions are relaxed and informal, and they’re a great opportunity to meet and learn from later-year law students as well as your fellow firstyears.

• Turnitin Practice site: allows students to submit their drafts through Turnitin before their final submission. The site also provides resources to help interpret the originality report, and how to quote and paraphrase correctly. • Workshops: Run during O-Week or as part of a course, these sessions cover a wide range of topics. Recordings and resources from the O-Week workshops are available through the Orientation wattle site. • Self-help resources: we have a large number of useful resources and handouts on referencing and academic integrity, writing and assessment, and adjusting to university.

For more information, including appointments can be found at https://academicskills. ASLC can also be contacted on 6125 2972 or at au.

How can I find out more about PAL? As a first-year law student, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the Law PAL Wattle page, ‘Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) ANU CoL’. We’ll post session times, topics, and other information there. You can also like us on Facebook by searching “ANU Law Peer-Assisted Learning’, or email us at Sessions are free and there’s no need to sign up – just pick one of our session times and turn up!


CHAT Drop-In-Sessions

Come and Have a Talk (CHAT) Navigating your way through the first semester of law school can be both exciting and daunting! Want an additional forum to connect with your fellow students? Want some advice from students who have done it before? Then Come and Have a Talk! The ANU College of Law has created CHAT (Come and Have a Talk), a mentoring scheme which gives first year law students an opportunity to meet other students and faculty members and to ask questions about life at law school.

Pizza Lunch

CHAT will run a ‘drop-in’ session in weeks 3 to 12 of Semester 1. These drop-in sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm (the venue will be posted on the CHAT Wattle page). A faculty member and several later year law student mentors will be present at each session. These sessions will give you an opportunity to chat to the mentors about life at law school. There is no need to enrol in a drop-in session: simply turn up and be ready to chat! If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Student Wellbeing, Pauline Bomball (

On THURSDAY, 1 MARCH 2018 FROM 1:00-2:00PM CHAT will hold a FREE PIZZA LUNCH on the law school lawns. In addition to a free lunch, you’ll get the chance to meet other first year law students, later year law student mentors and faculty members. You will be broken up into groups for the lunch. There will be 25-30 first year law students, two later year law student mentors and one faculty member in each group. When you arrive on the day, collect your pizza and then head over to your group (which will be clearly marked with a large sign).


Online Connections Law Students @ ANU - Facebook

ANU Career Hub - Website

Where do I begin? We will tell you to like a lot of pages through this guide but this is definitely a highly recommended page to follow. This is an important Facebook page that every law student should be aware of. It is an open and safe space to ask questions about courses, degree structure, sell/buy textbooks, look for jobs, make spicy law memes to make exam periods a little better and so much more. It is also the page that law societies use to ensure you get the updates on the all the amazing events that our law societies work very hard to bring to you!

ANU CareerHub is your central online career development and employability tool. Not only does it host our online jobs noticeboard but is your alternate access point for careers resources, services, and appointment booking.

We are very lucky that we have an online forum for law students to be constantly kept in the loop of things and to essentially help each other out. So knock your socks out and check it out!

Additionally, ANU CareerHub is home to the details of, and booking procedures for, workshops, information sessions, careers fairs, and employer visits.

Jobs & Internships @ ANU Facebook Moved to Canberra and don’t have a job? Want an extra avenue to look for jobs and internships other than going onto Seek? Well Jobs and Internships @ ANU is the social media page for you to hit that “like” button! This is the perfect place for you to maybe find yourself a casual job that you can do on the side with uni or even better yet, find a full time job. With the wide connections our students have with the Canberra community, you will see some diverse and worthy job listings that may just as well catch your fancy. Give it a go!

On the jobs noticeboard you’ll find positions advertised from casual jobs perfect for a work-study balance, to internships for later year students, through to graduate programs. All listed with the details necessary to understand and apply for each position.

Want to have a careers consultation or looking for a specific resource? You can book yourself into upcoming appointments, and access our handout resources plus many more resources and links that we constantly add to. ANU CareerHub is the sole location for many of our resources including, but not limited to instructional videos and weblinks. Visit the ANU Careers Hub at: https:// To get into contact with ANU Careers, please call 6125 3593 or email careers@


Wattle - Website

ISIS - Website

Wattle is the online platform that students use to access lecture notes, readings, digital lecture recordings, information about assessments, Turnitin, online quizzes and other learning resources available to your students online.

ISIS stands for Interactive Student Information System and like wattle is a very important online platform that you need to be familiar with as this portal gives you control of your degree.

You can access Wattle through this website: If you ever need help with your Wattle our support teams will be able to assist you. Students can obtain Wattle support in these ways: • Login to Wattle using your university ID and password and seek assistance in one of the following ways:

You can manage your enrolments, check your grades, access your academic transcript, maintain your personal information and make SA or HEC payments on ISIS. All students are encouraged to monitor their ISIS and ANU email accounts regularly. These are the primary ways the University will contact you. For further assistance with navigating ISIS, read the ISIS Help webpage, or explore the Quick Links in the right-hand toolbar when you have logged into ISIS.

• Visit the AskANU desk in the Chifley library for in person assistance or ring the IT Service Desk at 6125 4321 • Contact the ANU Wattle Support team via IT Service Desk, staffed Monday to Friday (9am-5pm)


Frequently asked questions What courses should I be taking for Help! I don’t know how to find my first semester? cases online or reference them! You should be taking FAL and Torts. How do I do this? Don’t worry! You’ll be taught everything Where can I find out more you need to know during FAL. information about my course? You can start by checking out the How do I know if I have an “exam” course page on wattle, programs and or a “take-home exam”? courses (on the ANU website) and You should be able to find this out your course guide! by looking through the assessment section of your course guide or Where can I find out what textbooks alternatively by contacting your lecturer/convenor. I need for my course? You’ll be able to find out what textbooks you need for your course on the Co-Op website, or by finding the relevant section in your course guide. Who can help me out if I have a disability and need special exam requirements? Feel free to contact Access and Inclusion, and they’ll be able to help you out! Why isn’t my course showing up on the Wattle page? Please contact the IT Service Desk and/or your lecturer with any of your Wattle concerns and they should be able to clear it up!


First Year Survival Story by Vanessa Chen

The very title of this piece as a ‘survival story’ already gives the unfortunate impression that first year is scarier and more daunting than it really is. If ‘survival’ means having an odd mixture of overwhelming emotions as you say goodbye to you parents or meeting a million different people over the first couple of days, then I can guarantee you I definitely survived it. Over the O-Week period, you’ll find that as you are roped into attending a dizzyingly number of First Year events, you will meet a unique bunch of people from all kinds of places. It’s important that you make the effort to remember the names of everyone you come across even if it does slip from your mind when you’re trying to remember what they study and where they’re from. I think that while it’s easy and comforting to latch onto a group of people, I learnt from experience that it’s better and healthier to always branch out. So, make the effort to meet as many people as you can; remember their names; and don’t’ be intimidated if you feel a bit out of your comfort zone or overwhelmed. In terms of law, honestly for me, choosing law was a last-minute decision with the only idea of what law could be like were from watching many seasons of How To Get Away With Murder. For me, I did find law to be slightly overwhelming at first and a bit difficult to get into the swing of things. Finding tutorial rooms, familiarising yourself with legal terms (or jargon), and being randomly targeted by the tutor to answer questions can definitely be unnerving. All of these things are okay to be feeling but don’t be afraid to look ‘dumb’ in the class by asking for some clarification on something. Make the effort to know some of the people in your tutorials as well because chances are you’ll bump into each other in other tutorials and it’s nice to see a familiar face. Lastly, one of the best decisions I made was choosing to get involved in ANU and college community life. I have met some really amazing people who have not only become some of my good friends but have inspired me as well to pursue some of my ambitions more seriously. Of course, if you choose to participate in community life the question of balancing your workload and having fun is something that you can only manage well with experience and time. Really, in my opinion, first year is about exploring all these things and making sure you enjoy yourself most of the way. It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about due dates and homework but sometimes it’s better to stop and smell the roses.


Your LSS EXECUTIVE President: Suchara Fernando As the latest in a long line of LSS Presidents dating back to 1963, Suchara is the public face of the LSS. The President oversees and coordinates the work of all of the portfolios, and is in charge of all of the fiddly bits of directing an incorporated association. The President also coordinates corporate sponsorship and is the liaises with our valued sponsors. The President directly oversees not only the Executive, but also the informal ‘President’s Portfolio’, which includes the Wellbeing Director, International Students Director and the four First Year Officers. Suchara is a sixth year Asian Studies/Law student with a minor in Hindi. With a keen interest in South Asia, politics, gender issues and race politics. She also enjoys copious amounts of coffee and is highly passionate about Beyoncé. Vice-President (Administration): Julia Faragher The Admin portfolio is responsible for making sure that a beast with such diverse functions and people as the LSS runs as a well-oiled machine. The portfolio’s work includes organising meetings, IT, publications, publicity, elections and much more. They are also responsible for the distribution of our fortnightly e-newsletter, letting you know about everything that is coming up in the LSS calendar, as well as opportunities both locally and interstate. There’s also our much anticipated quarterly magazine, Peppercorn, which we strongly you encourage you to contribute to! Julia is a fourth year Arts/Law student originally from Melbourne. She loves creative writing, photography and getting lost in art galleries. In her spare time, she works as a freelance artist. Vice-President (Finance): Nic Ryan With a large annual turnover across a diverse range of portfolios, the LSS relies heavily on its Master of Coin (aka VPF) to ensure that we adhere to a strategically-allocated budget and comply with our financial and reporting obligations as an incorporated association. Our Finance portfolio is also responsible for ensuring the retention and promotion of our various sponsors, passing on benefits and discounts at various businesses to our members, organising and selling merchandise, and much more. Nic is a fourth year Actuarial Studies/Law student who loves rugby union and NFL.


Vice-President (Careers): Rocky Lagudi The Careers team coordinates an impressive range of events, opportunities and resources to give you a running start to your future in the legal profession. Whether it’s skilling you up in our tailored career skills workshops, giving you the low-down on clerkships and grad jobs in our two flagship publications, or connecting you with the most successful firms at the Careers Fair, the Clerkship Information Evening and the firm visits, Rocky and the team have got you covered. Rocky is a third year Commerce/Law student who lives at Fenner Hall. He plays football and DJs every now and then.

Vice-President (Education): Lauren Skinner The LSS Education portfolio supports the actual ‘education’ part of your law school experience. In short, the team has three main functions: education services, policy & advocacy, and connecting the ANU LSS with the Australian Law Students’ Association. Highlights of the Education calendar include the legendary Pre-Exam Tutorials, Laws1001, and the Education Speaker Series. The Education portfolio is also responsible for liaising with the ANU College of Law and advocating for students, ensuring that all academic policies and procedures— current or proposed—address the needs, opinions and interests of students. Lauren is a third year Arts/Law student majoring in International Relations. She hails from the incredible town of Adelaide and her favourite things include sports, travelling and Thursday nights at Moose. Vice-President (Events): Lucy Price Let’s face it: law school just wouldn’t be law school without the parties. The ANU LSS Events Portfolio is renowned for its absolutely smashing social calendar, including the annual O-Week party, first year bash, post-exam drinks, JD cocktail evening, and of course, the famous annual Law Ball. But it doesn’t stop there! The LSS is committed to helping you stay healthy, balanced, and as stress-free as possible during your law degree, with a fantastic range of lunchtime sports, charity runs, BBQs, morning yoga and more. Lucy is a third year PPE/Law student who is committed and dedicated to bringing fireworks to Law Ball..... (metaphorically).


Vice-President (Competitions): Victoria Hoon The ANU LSS prides itself on an ever-growing competitions culture. The internal competitions—Mooting, Negotiation, Client Interview and Witness Examination—are designed to challenge you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real world situations. Winners of each competition have the opportunity to represent ANU at the Australian Law Students’ Association conference each July. As well as the internals and national championships, the LSS also offers the opportunity to participate in a whole bunch of prestigious external competitions, where you can compete against people from all around Australia in diverse areas of law. Victoria is a fourth year Law student who loves travelling, learning languages and eating pizza. When she’s not drowning in her readings and assignments, Victoria will be exploring Canberra for good places to walk or eat. Vice-President (Social Justice): Sarah Svehla The LSS has a strong tradition of involvement in a range of community and public interest law initiatives. Introduced in 2007, the Social Justice portfolio endeavours to keep all law students engaged with issues of equality, opportunity and justice all year round. Through our new Social Justice Speaker Series, our annual ‘Law In Action’ trip to Cambodia, fundraising and outreach opportunities, and three formal galas exploring a range important issues, the portfolio provides students with a forum to discuss the ways in which legal education, the legal profession and the law itself deal with minorities, diversity and structural disadvantage. Sarah is a third year Law/Science student majoring in Psychology. She is originally from Sydney and her favourite subject so far has been Criminal Law.


Your ANUSA CoL Reps Campbell Clapp My name is Campbell Clapp, and I am one of your College of Law Representatives on ANUSA for 2018! I’m originally from Melbourne, and moved to Burgmann College at the start of 2016 to study Arts/Law at ANU – well originally PPE/Law, but realised I don’t actually like Politics. I have been a part of the Law Students’ Society this year as one of the Careers’ Directors and went on First Year Law Camp as a mentor this year. Working on the LSS was great but I’m really excited to see a different side of student representation through ANUSA next year. Angela Chen Hi everyone! I’m Angela and I’m a third year Arts/Law student, originally from Sydney. I have tried and tested all the law societies and I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed being greatly involved in law school over the past three years. If you ever want to know more about it or get involved, just flick me a message and I’ll be ready to tell you all about it! I also have a passion for policy making and student advocacy, so if there is at any point of your time at law school where you were unsure of something or felt concerned about your degree, please let me or Campbell know so we can do something about it! I hope me and my awesome sidekick Campbell, will bring you an improved and more enjoyable law school experience in 2018! What do CoL Reps do on ANUSA? CoL Reps act on behalf of the undergraduate law student body and sit on the College Representative Council, where we discuss changes to the academic side of university and how they impact students. We are also an act as an advocate to the administration and are the main organisers for first year law camp. As CoL Reps, we also sit on the College Education Committee alongside the President and Vice-President (Education) of the Law Student Society (LSS) and the PARSA representatives and represent students’ opinion on any changes to curriculum or policy that the college is hoping to institute. If you have any problems with your degree or the College of Law in general or have questions about law school, please come to us! We are also a source of information and the bridge between law school and students so no question is too little or too big for us!


LSS Community Sponsors Business

The Athlete’s Foot



The Athlete’s Foot is a global retailer for trendy athletic footwear and apparel. Their produts range from the latest and highest rated shoes for casual, off-track and track running, as well as specialised socks and accessories. Featured brands include Nike, Adidas, Asics, Brookes and more.

LSS Discount 1. Buy 2 get 1 free on all Lightfeet Evolution Socks

Level 1, Canberra Centre

2. 100 additional points when you sign up to ClubFit to win a $30 dollar voucher with every $300 spent 3. Invitations to exclusive sales nights

Academy is one of the premier night clubs in Canberra, featuring a rotating roster of DJ’s as well as special guest DJ’s from within Canberra itself. With free entry on Thursdays, as well as discounted entry on Saturday nights and cheap drinks for LSS members, Acads is a great place to de-stress by bellowing the lyrics to your favourite songs.

50 Bunda St, Canberra City


From the burst of colours that greet you, to its welcoming glow of decorative lights; Shorty’s is a relaxing and fun venue that keeps its customers coming back. With great food, the best burgers, exciting cocktails and its famous maltshakes, Shorty’s has that feel you’re looking for.

29 Garema Place, Canberra City

1. 10% off everything on Sundays and Mondays

Fitness First

Fitness First is a local gym located in the heart of the city. Fully staffed with personal trainers who offer advice and coaching, as well as daily classes and nutrition guidance, Fitenss First is the perfect way to get into a fit and active lifestyle.

Ground Floor, Canberra Centre

1. 10% off ongoing memberships

Academy Club


1. Free entry on Saturday nights before 12am

2. $5 entry on Saturday nights after 12am




Tapas, burgers and cocktails served in a stylish, wood-lined space with low lighting and banquettes during the day or the early hours of the night; music, bright lights and cheap drinks in the early morning.

ANU Pharmacy


The ANU Pharmacy is the ideal pharmacy for ANU students, with quick and easy access to all students, the pharmacy now offers students discounts on all over the counter medications and healthcare items.

1. $5 drinks 2. Free entry 32 Northborne Ave 3. Free room hire 4. $35 food platter

ANU pop-up village

Molo Bar

ANU pop-up village

Fitness First

Fitness First is a local gym located in the heart of the city. Fully staffed with personal trainers who offer advice and coaching, as well as daily classes and nutrition guidance, Fitenss First is the perfect way to get into a fit and active lifestyle.

Ground Floor, Canberra Centre

Coffee Grounds

The ANU's most popular cafes, The Coffee Grounds and the Coffee Lab have consistently provided affordable, fantastic coffee, desserts and savoury foods for years.


1. 15% discount on all over the counter (to the discretion of pharmacist) 1. Various drinks packages (pending further discussion)

A bar located in the heart of the ANU pop-up village, Molo serves rustic food and drinks on tap to help ease the burdens of student life.

Coffee Lab

LSS Discount

2. Cheaper jugs after 9:00pm during first 2 weeks of university (confirm)

1. 10% off ongoing memberships

ANU pop-up village 50c off all coffees/hot chocolates/ chai lattes ANU Sports Centre




LSS Discount

Ascend fitness

Ascend strength and fitness is a Canberra gym whose priority is to provide an environment and culture where members can create the best version of themselves. Ascend features state of the art strength and carido equipment, functional trainig zones, olympic lifting platforms, certified personal trainings, supplements and nutrition programs.

81 Gozzard St, Gunghalin

1. $15 memberships on 12 months contract. 2. half price joining fee of $25 (instead of $50). 3. free ascend gym towel and shakes. 4. 2 weeks free of beginning of membership

Atticus Coffee

Atticus coffee is a locally owned cafĂŠ located in the ANU College of Commerce, Business and Economics bulidng. They are known for not only their rich and affordable coffee, but also their wide range of panini, gelato and cheescakes.

ANU CBE building foyer

1. Small coffee for $2.50

Katie Stones Training + Nutrition

Katie Stones is a REPS qualified personal trainer and nutrition advisor specialsing in body recomposition and sustainable nutrition plans. KS training programs say goodbye to limitations by focusing onhighly customised intensity workouts and highly regulated recovery and nutrition specialised to meet you individual needs to help your body push past its limits.

Online bookings at

1. 3 personal training sessions for the price of 2


The Games Capital

1. Various rotating discounts and promotions

Yd. is a leading retailer for all on-trend menswear needs. Men's fashion apparel range includes shirts, suits, pants, shorts, tees and more. With over 100 stores in Australia and New Zealand, Yd specialises in clothing ideal for student life, with a rotating roster of discounts on a monthly basis.

Level 1, Canberra Centre

The Games Capital are Australia's board game specialists. They sell a wide selection of board games, party games, word games, card games, trivia and more.

38 Garema Pl, Canberra City


2. Suits for $150 in the 2 weeks leading up to Law Ball 2018 3. Free tie with the purchase of a suit and shirt in the 2 weeks leading up to Law Ball 2018

1. $30 Games Capital gift voucher with the purchase of 2 items


Pancake parlour

Our Drycleaners & Key King



The Pancake Parlour has been the premier gourmet pancake restaurant in Canberra since 1965. With summer and winter menus, breakfast lunch and 122 Alinga St, Candinner pancakes, as well as an berra City array of vegan and gluten free options, the Pancake Parlour caters to everyones needs while maintaining delicious flavours in all thier meals.

A local business that provides reliable and affordable dry-cleaning, shoe repairs and key cutting using lasor edge technology.


1/88 Bunda St, Canberra City

LSS Discount 1. 10% off any purchase

2. 15% off any purchase when in a group of 10 people or more

5% off shoe repairs and dry-cleaning



The ANU International Law Society is dedicated to law students interested in studying or pursuing a career in international law, whether they have just started their journey in law school or have several international law electives under their belt. The ILS runs a range of events including academic panels with renowned speakers discussing issues and developments in international law. We also hold careers and networking events where students can both learn about working in this field and have the opportunity to meet practitioners. Additionally, the ILS runs international law competitions such as the International Humanitarian Law moot, and advocates on behalf of students studying courses in international law. We also look out for opportunities across Australia and overseas to advertise to ANU students, and have membership to various overseas international law institutions. If you’re someone who sees law as a pathway to explore and practice beyond Australia’s shores, or wants to get involved in an exciting student society, the ANU ILS is for you! To get involved in our events, competitions or opportunities, look for the ANU International Law Society Facebook page ANUILS/ or send us an email at


Getting involved in Law Reform and Social Justice activities throughout your law degree is a great way to bring your values together with your studies. LRSJ activities consist of student-run projects, thought-provoking events on pressing social justice issues, and the general ethos of the ANU College of Law as expressed through the curriculum and in academic research. Our established projects include community legal education initiatives providing legal information to high schools, prisons, and community legal centres; research projects on corporate responsibility and Constitutional issues; and projects that emerge as a response to law reform inquiries. LRSJ runs workshops on skills such as submission writing, FOI requests, and community legal education. We hold film screenings and careers panels on social justice jobs. Whether you want to join a project, start your own project, or just come along to events to hear about interesting issues, there will be something for you. “Like” us on Facebook (and select “see first” on the timeline) to hear about upcoming events: https://www.

We’ll be holding a meet and greet session with student project leaders in Week 2 so keep an eye out for that event. Contact us at at anytime if you want to have a chat about anything law reform and social justice related. We’re super friendly and love to hear your ideas. The current Director of LRSJ is Associate Professor Matthew Zagor and the Manager is PhD Candidate Justine Poon.


The Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) is a national not-for-profit association comprising all Law Student Societies and Law Student Associations, representing approximately 40,000 law students. As an Australian law student, ALSA represents your interests. From publications to scholarships, ALSA is your national representative body for your law school experience. The core functions of ALSA are: • To advocate the interests and concerns of Australian law students; • To gather and disseminate information of interest and concern to Australian law students; • To facilitate communication and the exchange of information between law student societies, within Australia and abroad; and • To initiate activities of a social, intellectual, and competitive nature among law students at a national level.

ALSA Council

The ALSA Council is a body comprising of the ALSA Executive, the ALSA Committee and two representatives (usually the president and a vice president) from each of the 37 law student societies in Australia. The Council meets three times a year. As ALSA’s managing body, the Council so discusses any current issues in ALSA administration. The Council also discusses national issues in legal education to inform the stance that the ALSA Executive & Committee takes on these issues. The Council’s most important function is as a knowledge sharing forum for law student societies. Each meeting includes a number of workshops, seminars and break-out groups on topics nominated by councillors based on issues facing their law society.



The ANU Students’ Association or ‘ANUSA’ is the peak representative body for all undergraduate students at ANU. If you’re an undergraduate student then you’re automatically a member of ANUSA. They are best known for organising O-Week, the biggest social event on the ANU calendar but ANUSA does so much more than this. ANUSA is made up of nearly forty elected student representatives and a team of professional staff members. This includes 2 Lawyers and 2 Student Assistance Officers who are here to provide free and confidential services to you! The three major aims are: • Promote the welfare and further the interest of our members, in particular to work for quality and equity in higher education • Afford a recognised means of representation for our members both within and outside the university • Promote the social life of our members There are also the ANUSA Departments, which are autonomous collectives that support and advocate for minority groups and interests. There are 7 in total - Women’s, Queer, Ethnocultural, International, Indigenous, Disabilities, and Environment. If you identify as a member of one of these autonomous groups, come along to the first department meetings (usually in Week 1) and learn about how you can get involved in 2018! The departments are working on some incredibly worthwhile causes - improving institutional responses to sexual assault, lobbying for more gender neutral bathrooms, and much much more.

If you ever have any questions related to your time at the ANU, you can always contact or phone 6125 2444 or visit their office located in Melville Hall or informally known as the BKSS (Brian Kenyan Student Space). They are open from 9-5pm Monday to Friday, so stop by and say hi.


PARSA is a democratically elected student representative body for postgraduates at the ANU. PARSA provides a range of services aimed at providing support for the specific needs of postgraduate students in relation to both their studies and daily life. The primary focus of PARSA is the interests, welfare and community of all research and coursework postgraduate students at ANU. PARSA has a big itinerary of free and open O-Week events for postgraduates! For more information, please like the PARSA FB page to be kept up to date on all the fun activities they have planned for students. NEED HELP? Need student assistance? PARSA Student Assistance is your first point of call for any non-college issues. Our professionally trained staff can assist you with any personal and academic matters. Free trustworthy service. Confidentiality guaranteed. Need legal help? PARSA provides free legal advice for postgraduate students on anything from employment to housing, criminal matters and more. Your College of Law representative is Bede Thompson and Aley Marguerite, who can be contacted at for any law, ANU or Canberra-related questions!


Law Revue / WILO Law Revue

Law Revue is ANU’s longest running annual sketch comedy show. This laugh out loud production skewers everything from contemporary politics to abstract legal theory, student life to pop music, Brian Schmidt to Bananas in Pyjamas. If you’ve got a funny bone in your body, or just a taste for atrocious legal puns, this is the show for you! Any ANU student has the opportunity be a part of making the show happen. Law Revue gives you the chance to become part of a tight knit creative ensemble of students of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Each year a cast is selected at auditions, held in the early weeks of term one. The cast works as a team to development an entirely original script, and later in the year we build a band and backstage crew who make it all come together. This structure draws on the long tradition of university revues worldwide, in which many of the great comedians greats cut their teeth - Fry and Laurie, Mitchell and Webb, Sean Micallef, Celia Pacquola, Rowan Atkinson, and countless others all found their start in a university revue. Hitting the stage in week four of semester two, the show is a must see for any law student! A highlight of the LSS calendar, law revue is a unique celebration of all things law, life, and love. Come for the ridiculous costumes, stay for the comic catharsis. Tickets will be available online and from a stall in union court from early semester two. Auditions are open to students from any background and with any level of experience. Being a part of Law Revue means having a crack at everything including writing, acting, dancing, and singing. Skills or experience in any of these can be useful but will be beaten out by the right attitude every time. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further details.

Women In Law Organisation

The Women in Law Organisation (‘WILO’) is a mentoring program aimed at women studying in the Australian National University’s College of Law. This program will pair female law students with professional woman in the legal sector, as a means to empower and develop women studying law. Aim of the program Our aims: • • •

To increase positive relationships with female law students and the professional law community; Build networks through increasing interactions between female law students; and Provide female students with positive role models.

Are you interested in becoming a mentee? Applicants must be prepared to enter into a respectful and reciprocal relationship with a mentor. Applicants must commit to meeting with their mentor at least twice over the semester and to attend a final celebratory event. Students should read the manual below before commencing the program. Are you interested in becoming a mentor with WILO? We are always keen to hear from prospective mentors. To become a mentor you will be a lawyer working in in the corporate, public or non-for-profit sector. You will be able to meet with the student on at least two occasions during the Semester (March - June 2018). The Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to hear from professionals about the challenges, opportunities and lessons they have learnt. We will also host a celebratory event to provide the opportunity for female legal professionals to network with other mentors. Applications for Semester 1 2018 are opening soon, and information about this will be posted on the WILO website. If you have any queries about the program, please contact the administrators on


International Students International Students Director

The International Students Director (ISD) represents the particular wants and needs of international students studying law at ANU, ranging from academic assistance, to mental health and wellbeing, and to organising events. The ISD sits under the President’s portfolio so they can be accessible to all the existing portfolio, especially the Education, Careers, and Wellbeing portfolio. We are always working toward engaging more international students at the ANU College of Law. Last year, we have successfully launched three brand new initiatives/events including the bLAWg, the International Student Mentoring Program (ISMP) and the Career Pathways Information Session. In 2018, we are excited to continue with the bLAWg and the ISMP but also to branch out our careers based activities into multiple workshops and a panel discussion. This year we are also looking to expand our focus toward the theme of “Cultural Diversity” and the impact of diversity in the legal profession. You will get to learn about the experiences from professionals who advocate for a culturally diverse workplace within firms and organisations. We always welcome ideas or feedback on how we can better serve the interests of international students here at the ANU. Get in touch with Tiffany P. Monorom at lssinternational@ if you have any questions or concerns.

International Student Mentoring Program

The International Student Mentoring Program is a program designed to assist international students for better transition into law school and for mentors to develop valuable leadership skills and to enhance personal growth through mentoring. We understand that not all international students have access to or are aware of the resources available at the ANU and the ANU College of Law. The LSS seeks to fill this gap by offering support within a personal capacity. Mentors are students who have successfully adjusted to law school and can give mentees advice on studying law at the ANU. We understand that moving to a new country is a challenging experience for most international students and it may take them some time to adjust to Australia’s cultural, social and academic differences. This is why mentors are mentees will be matched on a one-on-one basis and we advise that both participants commit to the same mentor or mentee for the entire semester. This encourages them to develop a mentoring relationship on a personal level and establishes a foundation where assistance is available when needed. The LSS recruits mentors and mentees at the beginning of semester 1 and semester 2. You may choose to be involved in the program again in semester 2 with the same mentor/mentee from semester 1 if you notify the program coordinator prior to the semester 2 recruitment date. You may also choose to terminate your involvement with the program at the end of each semester. The application form will be posted on the LSS’s Facebook Page and website.

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Competitions Internal Competitions Mooting Mooting is a simulated court proceeding that tests law students’ knowledge and application of the law to a set of agreed facts. Teams must research the area of law the applies to the given fact scenario and then make submissions before a court on what the law is and how it applies to their particular circumstances. Competitors are judged on the structure and clarity of their submissions, knowledge of the law, ability to answer questions on their feet, quality of their oral advocacy and the calibre of their written submissions. Prep Time: At least 6 hours per week Number of People per team: 2-3

Negotiations A fact scenario, containing both general and confidential facts, is sent to competitors roughly two days before each round. Both teams receive identical sets of general facts, which sets out some of the grounds for the dispute. Teams are also given confidential facts. Competitors must use these facts to develop a strategy and try to achieve an outcome which reflects their client’s best interest. Competitors are judged on their problem-solving skills and the ability to persuasively and respectfully negotiate with the opposing team. Prep Time: About 2 hours per week Number of People per team: 2

Client Interview Client interview involves competitors acting as solicitors. Competitors will receive a brief summary of the facts, but this will not encompass all of their client’s fact scenario. The aim is to extract as much information as possible from the client by asking relevant and precise questions. Competitors will be judged on your ability to gather facts and assist the client in making an informed decision. Time Commitment: 1 hour Number of People per team: 2 (and a witness)

Witness Examination Competitors compete against each other in a trial court situation, as defence and prosecution. A fact scenario is released one hour before each round. In this time, competitors must consider the questions that may be raised by the opposition and brief their witnesses. Ethical considerations and rules of evidence must be kept in mind when speaking to a witness; witnesses must not lie or show obvious signs of collusion. Competitors are required to extract oral evidence from their witness, as well as their opponent’s witness. Competitors will be judged on their communication and legal skills, namely their ability to object when their opposition makes a mistake. Time Commitment: 1.5 hours Number of People per team: 1 (and a witness)


External Competitions

Clayton Utz Intervarsity Negotiation Competition External Competitions allow students The Clayton Utz Intervarsity Negotiato travel, socialise, and compete with tion Competition is hosted by UTS and like-minded peers from other universities whilst being judged by the high-pro- the NSW Young Lawyers SCLSS. It is a premier negotiation competition that file industry experts. enables students to develop their negoIn Semester one, students will have the tiation and team work skills. Problems include a range of different scenarios. opportunity to participate in the following competitions. More competitions are offered in ACT Department of Prosecutions Semester Two so stay posted! Plate Mock Trial Competition As part of National Law Week every year, the DPP Plate is moot competition between law students from the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. Students will either take the role of Prosecution or Defence and will have the opportunity to conduct an opening and closing for their case or carry out an examination-in-chief and cross-examination of a witness. Allen & Overy Private Law Moot The Allen & Overy Private Law Moot is an intervarsity mooting competition hosted by UNSW Law that specifically focuses on private law and commercial law topics. The competition is aimed at students with a deep interest in private law and previous problem questions have covered equity and trusts, corporations law and contracts.


Services Law Library

The Law Library is a fantastic resource for research, as well as somewhere to study on campus. The Law Library is found in the South Wing of the ANU Law School, and is entered through the main reception foyer. There are always a few helpful librarians at the desk to help you check out books, aid with printing needs, or give advice on how to use the ANU Law Library online services. There will be short tours on offer during O-week if you want to get familiar with the Law Library and what it offers. Tutorial and Study Rooms There are a number of study rooms on the ground and first floors of the Law Library and there is a tutorial room on the first floor. All of your FAL tutorials will be held in the tutorial room. You are also able to book (for free) a study room for group meetings or group study. This is done online through the ANU library website.

Services at the Library

Library Facilities The Law Library is an incredibly valuable resource. There are thousands of books in hardcopy that you can read there, or take home to study, and all of these can be searched on the online catalogue. On the ground floor, near the information desk, there is a collection of 2 hour loans. These are high demand textbooks for the courses currently being run.

Borrowing Books As an ANU student you are eligible to borrow books from the library using your Student ID card. Just take the book(s) you want to take home to the self-check machine near the front door, or to the front desk and the librarians will help you out! As an undergraduate student, you are eligible to borrow up to 15 books in total from any ANU libraries for 4 weeks. Remember to return your books on time as you will be fined for late returns! Online Library ANU has a huge amount of material online that you are able to access as a student. This includes books, journal articles, newspapers, and other academic legal material. As a part of your FAL subject the librarians will walk you through how best to use these resources - make sure you pay attention in this session! If you’re still unsure, make sure to ask the librarians when you need help. You can access all the online resources from off-campus with your Uni ID and password. Printing and Scanning At ANU you automatically receive a print quota each semester that you can recharge. This is linked to your Student ID card. Your print quota is $44, which is the equivalent of 400 A4 single-sided, black and white pages. This is allocated in January and July each year, but there is no carry over of your quota between semesters. For assistance with printing, scanning, or recharging this quota, the library staff are always happy to help.



Services Office

The ANU CoL Services Office is something you will have to become familiar with! This is the place where you may need to submit hard copy versions of your assessment, and is where you will then collect them when ready. When submitting a hard copy assessment, make sure you do not finish this last minute. The Services Office closes at 5pm –there are two essay box slots near their counter for assessment submission. If you need to submit after hours (the building locks down at 6.30pm), there is an after-hours assessment box located near the entrance to the counter (Entrance 11). You must also include a completed ANU CoL cover sheet for all assessments, these can be found at the office itself, or printed and filled out before submission. This can be found simply by googling ANU CoL assessment cover sheet. Please ensure you have put you student number and course code on the cover sheet. You MUST have your student card with you to collect anything from the Services Office – no card and the Services Office staff can’t help you.


Your Health And Wellbeing There are many avenues of support here at the ANU. Listed below are just a few of the services that can offer you academic, mental and physical support. As first year students, we encourage you to utilise these services to enhance your experience at university.

LSS Wellbeing

The ANU LSS is firmly committed to prioritising the wellbeing of all law students at the ANU. The toll that legal education and practice can take on the mental health of individuals is well-documented. With this in mind, the Wellbeing Director—working directly with the President and often in conjunction with the other portfolios— strives to actively promote the mental and physical health of law students via a range of events, initiatives and resources. The work of the Wellbeing Director is most notable in the organisation of the LSS Mental Health Week, which includes various workshops, guest talks, yoga and meditation sessions, and much more. However, they are keenly involved in promoting student wellbeing throughout the entire year, ensuring that students feel supported, well-informed and connected to a broad network of supports. If you ever have any questions, concerns or simply want to talk to someone who can provide some advice and point you in the right direction, we highly encourage you to contact the LSS Wellbeing Director at Don’t forget to like the Facebook page - LSS Wellbeing to stay up to date with the portfolio’s activities!

ANU Health

ANU Health is the medical facility for all your walk-in bulk-billed medical needs. You can also make appointments, but they are very hard to come by so make sure you book in advance! New patients must first complete a new patient registration (can be done online then printed off to bring), or be provided and filled in prior to appointment. Students should bring their Medicare Card, and Student ID, or an international health insurance card if relevant. Location: on campus, next to the gym Open Hours: 9am - 4pm Mon-Thurs, 9am 5pm Friday (Closed 12:30pm - 1:25pm and public holidays) Phone: 6125 3598 Email: Website:

Should you need medical advice out of hours, ring the HealthDirect After Hours GP Helpline number at 1800 022 222.

ANU Counselling

The ANU offers a free and confidential counselling service to all current ANU students and staff. Counselling services to students are provided by Counsellors in the Counselling Centre, while services to staff are provided by the Adviser to Staff or by external advisers. The Centre also provides group programs for common issues, public seminars, and a paired walking program called “Get Up and Go”. Location: immediately above the ANU Health on North Road (near Coffee Grounds) Open Hours: 9am - 4:45pm weekdays (Closed from 1pm - 2pm for lunch) Phone: 6125 2442 (ext 52442) Email: Website:


Access and Inclusion

Access and Inclusion is an educative hub on practices inclusive of disability within the ANU community. They aims to raise awareness and understanding of disability issues with students and staff, and enable students with disability to participate fully in university life. Access and Inclusion also aim to be at the forefront of disability services provision in higher education by using evidence-based practice that leverages ANU’s strength as one of Australia’s leading universities. Students are required to register with Access and Inclusion before services can be provided. This process requires verification of the disability or medical condition through the provision of appropriate documentation and discussion of student’s needs. The office will then assess the nature and extent of the disability or medical condition and facilitate the provision of support. This may include the use of equipment, note taking support, resource access, and reviews of exam and assessment.

ANU Sport

The objectives of the ANU Sport are to promote and provide a diverse and exciting range of professionally- provided, affordable sporting and physical recreation participation opportunities for all of our members. To enhance your university experience by offering health, fitness and leisure activities to make your time at the ANU a whole lot more energetic, invigorating and enjoyable. For general enquiries, visit reception at the ANU Sport Centre. Location: Building 19 (David Cocking Sport & Recreation Centre), on North Road Opening Hours: • ANU Sport Fitness Centre: 6am 10pm Mon-Fri, 8am - 7pm Sat-Sun, 9am - 7pm Public Holidays • Admin: 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri

Location: Ground Floor, Copland Building (Building 24) Open Hours: 9am - 5pm Weekdays (Closed public holidays) Phone: 6125 5036 Email: Website:


Important contacts Who?

Your ANUSA CoL Reps: Campbell Clapp & Angela Chen

ANU College of Law Reception

LSS Vice-President (Education): Lauren Skinner

ANU College of Law Sub-Dean (LLB and JD Program): Dr Anne Macduff



Campbell and Angela can be your first port of call with inquiries about Law School. If you have concerns about your law school experience, want to see changes made, or are unsure who to ask about something, shoot us an email.

If you have any general queries about the law school, from cross-institutional study questions, to the best person to talk to about a particular question, pop into the Law School Reception, just off to the side of the Law School Foyer.

The VP (Education) can be contacted with general academic enquiries, and any issues relating to your courses. The VP (Education) also sits on the ANU CoL Education Committee, the LLB (Honours) Committee, and the JD Committee, so has capacity to assist with more policy-based concerns coming from the student level. Feel free to contact Eden if you think the LSS can provide further resources to assist with your studies!

If you have already spoken with your lecturer/tutor/course convenor about your concerns, or you have problems with lecturers/tutors, marking, deferred exams, and/or academic appeals.


Course Specific Queries

Course Study Guide This is your go-to for all course questions. Nearly all your course information, including assessment due dates, class locations, and various academic policies can be found on this guide on Wattle! Always check this before you email the Course Convenor.

Academic Appeals

We recommend that you should read the ANU Policy and Procedure on Student Assessment (Coursework), as well as the Assessment Rule as these inform you of your rights as a student.

If you are concerned about how a course is being conducted or about your grades on any assessment or your final grade, they should get in contact Course Convenor Your Course Convenor will change for each with the Course Convenor. However if course, you can find out who the Convenor this does not provide the outcome for each course is on that course’s Wattle you seek, the next step is to get in page. touch with either the ANUSA Vice President at, the If you have any questions about the course student assistance officers at sa.assisassessment or content, or about seeking, or the dean of stuspecial consideration or an an extension dents at for an assessment, send your Course ConIn academic appeal cases, it is always venor an email. better to address issues earlier rather than later. If something comes up during semester, you should contact Exchange the above support services then, as it Who: Associate Professor Jo Ford will provide you with more options Contact: before grades are released! If you are thinking about doing an exchange, check out the ANU College of Law Exchange page

Links to the policies are here: F2016L01973

( If you have questions not answered online, or are thinking about doing an exchange and need personal advice or approval, please contact Professor Ford. When you apply for an exchange, you will need to make (in advance) a meeting with Professor Ford to talk over the process and get the ANU College of Law’s approval.


ANU LSS x ANUSA First Year Guide 2018  

A guide to help students navigate their first year of law school at ANU.

ANU LSS x ANUSA First Year Guide 2018  

A guide to help students navigate their first year of law school at ANU.