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Graduate Certificate of Law

A single graduate award offered by the ANU College of Law

  • Minimum 24 Units
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  • Minimum 24 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Law requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS8001 Introduction to Law, Governance and Development

LAWS8003 Transnational Business and Human Rights

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

LAWS8008 Climate Change and Displacement

LAWS8009 Transnational Anti-Corruption Laws

LAWS8010 Environmental Protection and Human Rights

LAWS8012 Australian Disaster Law

LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law

LAWS8016 Comparative Constitutional Law

LAWS8018 National Security Law

LAWS8019 Special Topics in International Security Law

LAWS8023 International Law and United Nations Peace Operations

LAWS8028 Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development

LAWS8030 Advanced Succession Practice

LAWS8032 International Financial Institutions and Development

LAWS8033 Prisons, Prisoners and the Law

LAWS8034 Law and Regulation

LAWS8035 Special Topics in Intern Security Law 2 - Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8037 Sustainable Energy Law

LAWS8042 Special Topics in Law, Governance & Development 2: Operationalising Treaties

LAWS8061 Special Topics Environmental Law 1

LAWS8066 Special Topics in International Security Law 3: Intersection of Humanitarian Law & Human Rights Law

LAWS8067 Special Topics in Laws, Governance & Development 3: Courts, Justice & Development

LAWS8068 Australian Aviation Law

LAWS8069 Law and Society in South Asia

LAWS8104 Legislation and Legislative Drafting

LAWS8107 International Air and Space Law

LAWS8110 Corporate Environmental Responsibility

LAWS8111 Environmental Regulation

LAWS8116 Dispute Management

LAWS8117 Commonwealth Environmental Law

LAWS8122 Special Topics in International Law: Ethno-Political Conflicts and International Law

LAWS8123 Water Resources Law

LAWS8125 The Law of Corporate Governance

LAWS8128 Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

LAWS8129 Marine and Coastal Law

LAWS8131 Commercial Drafting

LAWS8132 Advocacy

LAWS8136 International Intellectual Property Law

LAWS8140 Commercial Law

LAWS8141 Judicial Review of Government Action

LAWS8142 Tort Liability and Public Authorities

LAWS8143 Federal Litigation

LAWS8144 Conflict of Laws

LAWS8145 Environmental and Risk Assessment Law

LAWS8146 Environmental Landuse Planning Law

LAWS8147 Special Topics in Government and Commercial Law:

LAWS8148 Special Topics in Law

LAWS8149 Themes in Administrative Law

LAWS8150 Principles of Evidence Under the Uniform Act

LAWS8154 Competition Law

LAWS8155 Human Rights Litigation

LAWS8156 Commonwealth Compensation Law

LAWS8172 Media and Communications Law

LAWS8173 Pollution Law

LAWS8175 Citizenship Law in Context

LAWS8176 Migration Law

LAWS8178 International Law and Use of Force

LAWS8179 International Security Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8181 Australian Climate Law

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law

LAWS8184 The Law of International Institutions

LAWS8187 Environmental Litigation

LAWS8188 Environmental Markets

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

LAWS8218 Advanced Contracts

LAWS8220 Government Contracts

LAWS8228 Law and Economics

LAWS8229 International Law of World Trade

LAWS8234 International Human Rights Law

LAWS8237 Health Law and Bioethics in Global Context

LAWS8239 The European Union

LAWS8240 Australian Human Rights and Discrimination

LAWS8241 Executive Power

LAWS8243 Freedom of Information and Privacy

LAWS8247 Civil and Political Rights

LAWS8248 Advanced Principles of Competition Law

LAWS8252 International Refugee Law

LAWS8253 Law of The Sea

LAWS8260 Fundamentals of Business Law

LAWS8264 International Law of The Environment

LAWS8268 International Humanitarian Law

LAWS8271 Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law

LAWS8277 International Business Transactions

LAWS8278 Environmental Dispute Management

LAWS8280 Biodiversity Law and Policy

LAWS8290 Special Topics in International Law 2

LAWS8291 Special Topics in Environmental Law

LAWS8296 Special Topics in International Law 3

LAWS8297 International Law and Australian Government

LAWS8298 Commercial Equity

LAWS8310 Federal Criminal Law

LAWS8311 Occupational Health and Safety Law

LAWS8312 Land, Law and Development in Asia

LAWS8313 Federal Criminal Procedure and Evidence

LAWS8522 Public Sector Employment Law

LAWS8566 International Criminal Law

LAWS8567 International Dispute Resolution

LAWS8568 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law

LAWS8570 Law & Economics of Regulation

LAWS8578 Constitutionalism in the Global South

LAWS8582 Global Health Law

LAWS8583 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

LAWS8585 International Aviation Law

LAWS8588 Privatisation and Regulation of Aviation

LAWS8589 Regulation of Religious Activities

LAWS8590 Special Topics in Government and Regulation

LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law

LAWS8652 Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor Degree with a minimum average mark of 50 percent.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Graduate Certificate of Law offered by the ANU College of Law is the best way to start your postgraduate legal studies – whether you are a non-law graduate or a law graduate from an overseas university. The program is designed to be a stand-alone qualification or provide an entry qualification for the Master of Laws. Completion of the program is compulsory for all non-law graduates seeking to progress to a Master of Laws at the ANU College of Law. The program is optional for all law graduates from overseas universities who might like to increase their understanding of Australian Law or Law and Legal Institutions. The program provides a flexible structure and includes a wide range of elective courses. All courses are taught by staff with international research reputations and draw upon ANU’s strategic location in the national capital. The Graduate Certificate also includes a compulsory 6 unit course on Law and Legal Institutions which provides an important foundation for students’ legal studies.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Law will have the knowledge and skills to:

• undertake further Masters Level study

• enable study in specialist areas of law

• apply legal knowledge to complex legal problems

• structure and sustain legal argument in specialist areas of law

• conduct in-depth research in law

• incorporate social, policy, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis

• engage in original and critical reflection on a topic of law

• synthesise legal materials into a concise and cohesive argument that addresses a research question

• communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing

Further Information

Courses in this program are mainly offered on campus in Canberra with some elective courses being offered online.

For more information and to APPLY via UAC please go to LLM Masters Program website

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After you have accepted your offer you will be emailed your password and uni ID.  You must then follow the instructions provided here and enrol online through ISIS.

International students should discuss their enrolment with us when they arrive in Canberra. Please Contact us to arrange an appointment.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the program requirements are met and that all compulsory and required courses are completed so that the program can be awarded.

About this degree

How to choose courses and enrol

  1. Consult the program requirements on the Programs and Courses page to see which courses you can choose. In the Graduate Certificate of Law, LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions is compulsory and then you can choose any three other masters program courses.
  2. Look at the Masters program timetable to see when courses are offered and which stream they are relevant for.
  3. Check that you meet the prerequisites for the course.
  4. Enrol in the course on ISIS.

Commencement date

Each student will commence their program on a different date depending on what courses they have chosen. Please see the timetable.

Law and Legal Institutions

LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions is a compulsory course for this program and should be completed first. 

If you are unsure what area of law you may wish to specialise in (or if you do not wish to specialise) we suggest you choose your three electives courses from the fundamentals suite of courses listed below. This will give you a fantastic overview of all areas of law and open up your options if you decide to progress to an LLM.

  • LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law
  • LAWS8182 Principles of International Law
  • LAWS8001 Introduction to Law, Governance & Development
  • LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation


The ANU College of Law has a strict attendance policy for face-to-face intensive classes. You must attend 100% of scheduled classes, whether they are held on weekdays, weekends or during the evening. We assume you have taken into account all work, family, religious and other commitments when you enrol.

Course Materials

Course outlines on your Wattle sites will describe the text books and reading materials you will need to access.  You can buy text books at the on-campus Coop Bookshop. Reading guides are now often distributed as e-bricks via the Wattle course site.


The Masters Program timetable for 2015 is now available on the ANU College of LawMasters Program site.


If you wish to apply for status (credit/advanced standing) for courses you have studied at another university, you must complete an Application for Status form and submit it to the LLM Program Administrator, along with an official transcript of your previous studies and relevant course descriptions and outlines. You will not be granted status for courses that have already counted towards a completed degree or award.


All email correspondence will be conducted with your University Webmail account. You can access this email account at and clicking on the Webmail icon. There exists the facility to redirect your university email to a preferred account. You can do this at:

WATTLE (online learning environment)

Convenor correspondence and course materials will be provided through the individual course page on WATTLE. Access to WATTLE will open approximately 6 weeks before the course starts. If you are enrolled in the course you should receive an email to confirm when the site is live.

Course Study Guide

A course study guide will be produced for each course and posted to Wattle about 4-6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. This document contains information on the course including: course lecture outline; textbook requirements; reading requirements; assessment details; and policy information.

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