Law for Humans: Developing Your Essay Writing Practice Workshops

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Crawford School of Public Policy

Lennox Crossing


Acton, ACT 0200


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Law for Humans: Developing Your Essay Writing Practice

As a law student, you spend a whole lot of time writing essays. But is this something that brings you joy?

If you are feeling a bit lost about the what and the why of writing essays in law school, or feel that your studies don’t engage with your values, then this workshop is for you!

In this two-part series of workshops, we aim to help you transform your experience of essay writing. In particular, we aim to help you get to the more joyous and meaningful aspects of learning law through the development of your own essay writing practice.

Developing an essay writing practice can be challenging. It requires you to bring a deliberateness to your work, both in terms of your mindset and your writing techniques. Over two evenings, we will help you make an wholistic shift in your approach to essay writing. We will do this by helping you to reframe your thinking around the purpose and benefits of essay writing, and by providing you with specific guidance on effective writing techniques.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • The Art of the Essay: What are essays for and what do we expect from them?

  • Critical analysis

  • Developing, articulating and supporting a thesis

  • Reflective learning

  • Obstacles to good essay writing

  • Finding your voice

These workshops have been supported by an ANU Fund grant and organised with the assistance of the ANUSA College of Law Representatives. The organisers are holding these workshops in their private capacity and the views and materials presented do not reflect the views of the ANU College of Law.

Important Information About Workshop Format, Venue and Attendance

We are currently offering these workshops to ANU College of Law LLB 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students and JD 1st years.

These workshops have two parts, which will take place one week apart on Thursday 22 March and Thursday 29 March.

There will be three groups on each day:

  • Group A: 9:30 - 11:30am

  • Group B: 2:00-4:00pm

  • Group C: 4:15-6:15pm

This means that if you register for Group A, you will be attending the 9.30-11.30am sessions on Thursday 22 March (Part 1) and Thursday 29 March (Part 2). If you register for Group B, you will attend the 2-4pm sessions on both weeks. If you register for Group C, you will attend the 4.15-6.15pm sessions on both weeks. You must be able to commit to attending both parts of the workshop.


Most of the workshops will take place in Seminar Room 1, Stanner Building of the Crawford School of Public Policy on Lennox Crossing, ANU.

Group A's (9:30-11:30am) session on Thursday 22 March will take place in the Miller Theatre, Old Canberra House building also at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Lennox Crossing. The Old Canberra House building is where the Ivy and Fox cafe is - follow the signs. Group A's Thursday 29 March session will take place in Seminar Room 1.

Attendance and Cancellations

There are limited spaces available in each Group. If you register and find out that you cannot attend, please cancel your ticket to free up the spot for another student. If you do not attend and did not cancel, your eligibility to attend future Law for Humans workshops will be impacted.

As a requirement for attending the workshops, we will ask you to fill out two short surveys before and after the workshops to gather feedback from you.

The organisers reserve the right to cancel tickets and redistribute them if attendees do not meet the requirements (e.g. are not a student at the ANU College of Law), for demographic reasons and for any other reason.

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