single degree

Master of Legal Practice

A single 1.5 year graduate award offered by the ANU School of Legal Practice

  • Length Minimum 1 year
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MLEGP
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Legal Practice
  • Length Minimum 1 year
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MLEGP
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Legal Practice

Program Requirements

The Master of Legal Practice requires the completion of 72 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LEGW8141 Becoming a Practitioner

LEGW8142 Professional Practice Core

LEGW8143 Legal Practice Experience

LEGW8152 Ready For Practice


A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses in the following list:

LEGW8010 Banking & Finance Law

LEGW8106 Criminal Practice

LEGW8107 Family Law Practice

LEGW8114 Wills and Estates Practice

LEGW8118 Administrative Law Practice

LEGW8135 Consumer Law Practice

LEGW8136 Employment and Industrial Practice

LEGW8137 Planning and Environmental Practice


A maximum of 3 units from completion of LEGW8124 Government Law Practice


A minimum of 12 units from completion of advanced legal practice courses from the following list:

LAWS8030 Advanced Succession Practice

LAWS8072 Statutory Interpretation

LAWS8074 Personal Injuries Compensation

LAWS8076 Digital Media and Communication Law and Practice

LAWS8104 Legislation and Legislative Drafting

LAWS8116 Dispute Management

LAWS8131 Commercial Drafting

LAWS8132 Advocacy - Family Law

LAWS8143 Federal Litigation

LAWS8144 Conflict of Laws

LAWS8150 Principles of Evidence Under the Uniform Act

LAWS8155 Human Rights Litigation

LAWS8156 Commonwealth Compensation Law

LAWS8157 Special Topics in Legal Practice

LAWS8218 Advanced Contracts

LAWS8220 Government Contracts

LAWS8278 Environmental Dispute Management

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8317 Technology Transfer and Commercialisation

LAWS8318 The Future of Legal Practice

LAWS8319 Legal Entrepreneur

LAWS8321 Advanced Will Drafting

LAWS8322 Estate Planning: Issues and Strategies

LAWS8323 Strategic Negotiation Skills

LAWS8325 In-House Corporate and Government Legal Practice

LAWS8326 Law, Lawyers, Justice - Regional, Rural, Remote

LAWS8327 Advocacy

LAWS8331 Strata Law and Practice in the 21st Century City

LAWS8580 Family Law (Property)

LAWS8581 Foundations of Family Law

LAWS8584 Insolvency Law

LAWS8591 Family Law (Children)

LAWS8592 Intellectual Property Law in Practice

LAWS8593 Procurement and Probity Law and Practice

LAWS8324 Law and Organising for Reform, Justice and Inclusion


A maximum of 12 units from completion of further 8000-level courses in the subject area LAWS Law


Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) or Juris Doctor, or equivalent. The Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program.

English Language Requirements

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

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.



Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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 Master of Legal Practice is designed for LLB, LLB(Hons) and JD graduates who wish to be admitted to legal practice and to undertake further graduate study in law and/or to advance their career in professional practice.

Students have the option of exiting with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice after the initial 48 units, or continuing study to complete the Masters. Once students have completed the initial 48 units of LEGW coded courses, they will be able to apply for direct admission as a legal practitioner in most Australian jurisdictions, or reciprocal admission in the others.

The program offers a variety of courses focussing on developing depth and sophistication in areas of legal practice and/or other sub-disciplines. The program brings together academics and experienced practitioners to offer students a synthesis of the academic and the practical towards an aim of practice informed by evidence and theory.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge of law and legal practice, applicable research principles and methods in a range of contexts to generate complex ideas and reflect critically on the theory and practice of law.
  2. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of recent developments in legal practice.
  3. Apply professional knowledge, skills and ethical responsibilities to review, analyse and synthesise knowledge and information to advise and represent clients and other stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrate specialised technical skills to generate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level and apply critical thinking, creativity and initiative to justify conclusions and solutions.
  5. Investigate, critically reflect on and communicate information to inform diverse audiences of complex theoretical and practical ideas, concepts, strategies, courses of action and solutions in legal practice contexts.
  6. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy and accountability in legal practice through professional and ethical behaviour.
  7. Evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments in legal practice, or apply established theories in different fields, to contribute to scholarship and professional legal practice.
  8. Design, theorise, plan, execute and evaluate a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship relating to legal practice.

Further Information

If you are currently in receipt of CentreLink benefit payments, or looking at recieving CentreLink benefit payments, please contact the ANU School of Legal Practice on 02 6125 4463 or to discuss your study options.
For further information on this program, please visit the MLP website.
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