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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

LAWS8016 Comparative Constitutional Law

LAWS8018 Comparative 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 Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8037 Sustainable Energy Law

LAWS8042 Special Topics in Law, Governance & Development 2

LAWS8061 Special Topics Environmental Law 1

LAWS8066 Intersection of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

LAWS8067 Courts, Justice & Development

LAWS8068 Australian Aviation Law

LAWS8069 Law and Society in South Asia

LAWS8076 Digital Media and Communication Law and Practice

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

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 - Family Law

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

LAWS8148 Special Topics in Law

LAWS8150 Principles of Evidence Under the Uniform Act

LAWS8154 Competition Law

LAWS8155 Human Rights Litigation

LAWS8156 Commonwealth Compensation 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

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

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

LAWS8314 Post Conflict Situations and International Law

LAWS8315 Maritime Security Law

LAWS8317 Technology Transfer and Commercialisation

LAWS8320 Critical Approaches to International Law

LAWS8323 Strategic Negotiation Skills

LAWS8328 Australian Legal Responses to National Security and Counter Terrorism

LAWS8330 International Labour Law

LAWS8331 Strata Law and Practice in the 21st Century City

LAWS8522 Public Sector Employment Law

LAWS8566 International Criminal Law

LAWS8567 International Dispute Resolution

LAWS8570 Law & Economics of Regulation

LAWS8578 Constitutionalism in the Global South

LAWS8579 Ethno-Political Conflicts and International Law

LAWS8582 Global Health Law

LAWS8583 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

LAWS8584 Insolvency Law

LAWS8585 International Aviation Law

LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation

LAWS8588 Privatisation and Regulation of Aviation

LAWS8589 Regulation of Religious Activities

LAWS8590 Special Topics in Government and Regulation

LAWS8592 Intellectual Property Law in Practice

LAWS8593 Procurement and Probity Law and Practice

LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law

LAWS8652 Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0

Or at least 10 years of work experience in an ANZSCO Skill Level 1 role

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.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

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

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

  1. undertake further Masters Level study

  2. enable study in specialist areas of law

  3. apply legal knowledge to complex legal problems

  4. structure and sustain legal argument in specialist areas of law

  5. conduct in-depth research in law

  6. incorporate social, policy, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis

  7. engage in original and critical reflection on a topic of law

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

  9. communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Further Information

First Semester 2019 commencement – Postgraduate International

Due to high demand for our programs, applications direct to ANU for commencement in First Semester 2019 (February intake) are now closed.

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

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor or equivalent are exempted from LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and are required to complete an additional 6 units from the course list.

For a list of courses on offer for 2019 please refer to the LLM course timetable.

For more information on the program please visit the ANU College of Law. 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 the ANU College of  Law 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 Graduate Coursework Timetable to see what courses are offered and when they are offered.
  3. Check that you meet the prerequisite(s) for the course.
  4. Enrol in the course on ISIS - for information on how to do this please go to

Commencement date

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

If you do not have an area of specilisation in mind, we highly recommend you choose your three remaining electives 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 or weekends. We assume you have taken into account all work, family, religious and other commitments when you enrol.

Online Courses

A few courses in the program are available online including some MLP completion courses. Please see the timetable.  Attendance is not required for online courses.

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 in the course,  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.


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