22 June 2018

Canberrans turn to law “short courses” to win at work

| Rachel Ziv
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ANU legal short courses

Studying law is an attractive idea to many. It’s often portrayed by Hollywood screen actors dominating the court room with their brilliant legal arguments.

If you work in Canberra you are probably dealt a good dose of legal jargon and complicated legal concepts on a daily basis – particularly if you’re in an APS job related to regulation, policy or procurement.

In an effort to understand the jargon, and add an impressive notch on their CV, a growing number of Canberrans are turning to legal short courses to gain an edge in their careers and better understand their roles.

Organisations also see the benefits, using law qualifications to advance workforce skills in complex analysis, high-level research, problem solving, and developing considered legal arguments.

Contrary to popular belief, not all short law courses require previous legal qualifications. For example, the Australian National University (ANU) offers a Graduate Certificate of Law that accepts enrolment from anyone with a Bachelors Degree.

The program provides an overview on legal frameworks within a broad range of disciplines, including insight into how law is created, interpreted and applied. Students can also choose elective subjects from over 80 different courses, to ensure relevance to their work.

The ANU made headlines recently for its ranking as the number one university in Australia (placing it among the top 0.1 percent of 26,000 universities in the world). But it also holds an impressive ranking of 16th in the world for Law, alongside the likes of Harvard, Cambridge and Yale.

The Graduate Certificate of Law is taught by a number of award-winning teachers with expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security. Among them are Prue Bindon, president of the Women Lawyers Association ACT, and Professor Tim Bonyhady, one of Australia’s foremost environmental lawyers.

The program runs for six months, with short bursts of intensive lectures followed by remote study, rather than ongoing evening sessions to make it flexible and achievable for students. Once complete, it also offers a pathway to the ANU Master of Laws (LLM), which is a globally recognised advanced law degree.

And while you may never plead case in front of a jury or shout “I object!” across a crowded courtroom, your confidence in dealing with legal concepts and compliance issues at work is guaranteed to improve. You may even win more arguments at home.

For more information about the Graduate Certificate of Law, or to enquire about enrolment, visit ANU Graduate Certificate of Law.

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