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Master of Laws in Environmental Law

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Law

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified

Program Requirements

The Master of Laws in Environmental Law requires completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

A minimum of 30 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS8008 Climate Change and Displacement

LAWS8010 Environmental Protection and Human Rights

LAWS8012 Australian Disaster Law

LAWS8028 Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development

LAWS8037 Sustainable Energy Law

LAWS8061 Special Topics Environmental Law 1

LAWS8110 Corporate Environmental Responsibility

LAWS8111 Environmental Regulation

LAWS8117 Commonwealth Environmental Law

LAWS8123 Water Resources Law

LAWS8129 Marine and Coastal Law

LAWS8145 Environmental and Risk Assessment Law

LAWS8146 Environmental Landuse Planning Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8181 Australian Climate Law

LAWS8187 Environmental Litigation

LAWS8264 International Law of The Environment

LAWS8278 Environmental Dispute Management

LAWS8280 Biodiversity Law and Policy

LAWS8291 Special Topics in Environmental Law

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

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

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0

Or completion of a non-law degree, and the Graduate Certificate of Law with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0

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

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.

For more than twenty years, the ANU has been at the forefront of teaching environmental law at a postgraduate level, attracting students from around Australia and internationally.

A graduate degree in Environmental Law will provide you with a sophisticated understanding of the law, and allow you to explore its origins and implementation, strengths and weaknesses. The Masters covers key areas of environmental law, from climate law to marine and coastal law, to commonwealth environmental law and environmental regulation. The courses examine the interrelationships between environmental law and policy, politics, economics, science and history. You will have the opportunity to study with many of Australia’s finest environmental lawyers and profoundly enhance your knowledge and credentials.

An Environmental Law programs will suit you if you work in areas involving environmental management and environmental policy, within government or the private sector.

It will also suit you if you have studied science, engineering, architecture, town planning or economics (or any non-law degree) and are currently working in employment where environmental law and its interaction with environmental policy and management are important.

It you are seeking employment in an area or department where knowledge of environmental law in decision-making is important. And if you are a lawyer looking to specialise in environmental law.

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.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2018

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Research and write about the current state of environmental law
  2. Critically reflect on the role that environmental law and policy play in protecting the environment and the extent to which they act as a restraint on development;
  3. Understand historical changes and emerging trends in environmental law and policy;
  4. Understand the roles of the key local, national and international actors in environmental law and policy;
  5. Contribute to debates about how optimal environmental laws and policies should be designed;
  6. Evaluate, analyse and monitor the efficacy of environmental laws.

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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. For the LLM in Environmental Law you must ensure 36 of your 48 units are in Environmental Law courses.
  2. Look at the Masters program timetable to see when courses are offered and which specilisations they belong to. The Graduate Coursework Timetable for is now available on the ANU College of LawMasters Program site.
  3. Check that you meet the prerequisites for the course.
  4. Enrol in the course on ISIS - for information on how to do this please go to

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

If you do not hold a completed Law degree (LLB or JD) then LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law is a prerequisite to many of the environmental law courses and must be done first. You may have already completed this course within the Graduate Certificate of Law.

Commencement date

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


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

A Course Study Guide will be published for each course on the Wattle course site. This document contains information on the course including: course lecture outline; textbook requirements; reading requirements; assessment details; and policy information.

You can buy text books at the on-campus Coop Bookshop. Reading Guides or E-Bricks may also be made available on the Wattle course site. This varies from course to course.

You will be given access to the Wattle course site approximately 24-48 hours after you enrol provided the site is opened. Sites are generally opened four weeks prior to the commencement of the course intensive. Course Study Guides, course materials, ebricks, resources, discussion forums, quizzes and online activities can all be accessed via each Wattle course site. Assessments will be submitted electronically on the Wattle course 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 from the University will be sent to your University Webmail account. You can access this email account at and clicking on the Webmail icon. There is a facility to redirect your university email to a preferred account. Please go to:

Academic Advice

Please consult with your Stream Convenor for academic advice on courses or programs.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Professor Tim Bonyhady at

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