single degree

Master of Laws

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MLLM
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 006504E
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MLLM
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 006504E
  • UAC code
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Laws requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:



6 units from completion of compulsory course:

LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions*


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

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

LAWS8026 - International Security Law Research Project

LAWS8028 - Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development

LAWS8032 - International Financial Institutions and Development

LAWS8033 - Prisons, Prisoners and the Law

LAWS8034 - Law and Regulation

LAWS8035 - Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8037 - Sustainable Energy Law

LAWS8066 - Intersection of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

LAWS8067 - Courts, Justice & Development

LAWS8068 - Australian Aviation Law

LAWS8069 - Law and Society in South Asia

LAWS8070 - Sports Law

LAWS8071 - Law and Governance in sub-Saharan Africa

LAWS8072 - Statutory Interpretation

LAWS8073 - Trade Remedies Law: WTO Law & Domestic Implementation

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

LAWS8136 - International Intellectual Property Law

LAWS8140 - Commercial Law

LAWS8141 - Judicial Review of Government Action

LAWS8142 - Tort Liability and Public Authorities

LAWS8144 - Conflict of Laws

LAWS8145 - Environmental and Risk Assessment Law

LAWS8146 - Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment

LAWS8148 - Special Topics in Law

LAWS8154 - Competition Law

LAWS8171 - Kyoto Seminar: Japanese Law in the Global Era

LAWS8175 - Citizenship Law in Context

LAWS8177 - International Internship

LAWS8178 - International Law and Use of Force

LAWS8179 - International Security Law

LAWS8180 - International Climate Law

LAWS8181 - Climate and Sustainable Energy

LAWS8182 - Principles of International Law

LAWS8183 - Advanced Principles of International Law

LAWS8184 - The Law of International Institutions

LAWS8189 - Fundamentals of Environmental and Sustainability Law

LAWS8218 - Advanced Contracts

LAWS8220 - Government Contracts

LAWS8228 - Law and Economics

LAWS8229 - International Law of World Trade

LAWS8234 - International and Comparative Human Rights Law

LAWS8236 - Tribunals and Government

LAWS8237 - Health Law and Bioethics

LAWS8239 - The European Union

LAWS8240 - Australian Human Rights and Discrimination

LAWS8241 - Executive Power

LAWS8243 - Freedom of Information and Privacy

LAWS8246 - The High Court of Australia

LAWS8247 - Comparative Civil and Political Rights

LAWS8248 - Advanced Principles of Competition Law

LAWS8252 - International Refugee Law

LAWS8253 - Law of The Sea

LAWS8254 - Business, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility

LAWS8264 - International Law of The Environment

LAWS8268 - International Humanitarian Law

LAWS8271 - Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law

LAWS8277 - International Business Transactions

LAWS8278 - Environmental Dispute Resolution

LAWS8280 - Land, Water and Biodiversity

LAWS8291 - Special Topics in Environmental Law

LAWS8297 - International Law and Australian Government

LAWS8298 - Commercial Equity

LAWS8301 - Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8310 - Federal Criminal Law

LAWS8311 - Occupational Health and Safety Law

LAWS8312 - Land, Law and Development in Asia

LAWS8313 - Federal Criminal Procedure and Evidence

LAWS8315 - Maritime Security Law

LAWS8316 - Nuclear Security Law

LAWS8320 - Critical Approaches to International Law

LAWS8328 - Australian Legal Responses to National Security and Counter Terrorism

LAWS8329 - Gender, Law and Development

LAWS8330 - International Labour Law

LAWS8332 - International Investment Treaties: Law, Arbitration and Policy

LAWS8333 - International Law Internship

LAWS8335 - Modern Equity: Concepts and Principles

LAWS8411 - Advanced Criminal Law: Crime, Law and Social Justice

LAWS8415 - Environmental Law

LAWS8417 - Family Law

LAWS8418 - International Commercial Arbitration

LAWS8420 - Human Rights Law in Australia

LAWS8421 - Income Tax

LAWS8422 - Intellectual Property

LAWS8428 - Labour Law

LAWS8436 - Succession

LAWS8437 - Financial Markets and Takeovers

LAWS8438 - Indigenous Peoples and the Law

LAWS8445 - Information Technology Law

LAWS8451 - Legislative Drafting and Technology

LAWS8454 - Restitution

LAWS8457 - Selected Topics in Australian-United States Comparative Law (ANU)

LAWS8459 - Consumer Protection and Product Liability Law

LAWS8460 - Law and Psychology

LAWS8462 - Advanced Administrative Law

LAWS8464 - Advanced International Law

LAWS8471 - Refugee Law

LAWS8474 - Climate Law

LAWS8480 - Law and the Humanities

LAWS8485 - Australian National Security Law

LAWS8488 - Critical Legal Theory

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

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

LAWS8594 - Law and Society in South East Asia

LAWS8820 - Exchange Program for Graduate Law Students


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

LAWS8074 - Personal Injuries Compensation

LAWS8076 - Digital Media and Communication Law and Practice

LAWS8131 - Commercial Drafting

LAWS8132 - Advocacy - Family Law

LAWS8143 - Federal Litigation

LAWS8150 - Principles of Evidence Under the Uniform Act

LAWS8155 - Human Rights Litigation

LAWS8156 - Commonwealth Compensation Law

LAWS8157 - Special Topics in Legal Practice

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

LAWS8324 - Law and Organising for Reform, Justice and Inclusion

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

LAWS8574 - Personal & Company Insolvency Law and Practice

LAWS8580 - Family Law (Property)

LAWS8581 - Foundations of Family Law and Practice

LAWS8584 - Select Issues in Bankruptcy and Insolvency

LAWS8591 - Family Law (Children)

LAWS8592 - Intellectual Property Law in Practice

LAWS8593 - Procurement and Probity Law and Practice

LAWS8653 - Contemporary Issues in Migration Law

LAWS8657 - Research Skills (Migration)

LAWS8651 - Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law

LAWS8652 - Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law

LAWS8658 - Skilled and Business Migration

LAWS8659 - The Family in Australian Migration Law


A maximum of 12 units from completion of any 8000-level postgraduate course on offer at the ANU.


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 LLM list.


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Juris Doctor, Graduate Certificate of Law or Bachelor Degree in any cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.0


Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Juris Doctor, Graduate Certificate of Law or Bachelor Degree in any cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0 plus 2 years of relevant professional experience.

Cognate disciplines

For the purposes of admission ‘cognate’ is to be defined as any of the following:
i.    Accounting, Business And Management, Sales And Marketing, Tourism, Office Studies, Banking, Finance And Related Fields, Management And Commerce, Political Science And Policy Studies, Studies In Human Society, Human Welfare Studies And Services, Behavioural Science, Law, Justice And Law Enforcement, Librarianship, Information Management And Curatorial Studies, Language And Literature, Philosophy And Religious Studies, Economics And Econometrics, Sport And Recreation, Society And Culture.
ii.    For more information please refer to the Management and Commerce or Society and Culture Fields of Education or contact the ANU College of Law.

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.

Study a Master of Laws at Australia’s national law school at Australia’s top-ranked University. This highly valuable qualification deepens your understanding of the way law operates in, and interacts with, the modern world and equips you with skills and knowledge for the 21st century job market.

Pursue a general LLM for a broad perspective of law’s role in domestic and international societies.  Or focus your studies on one of three specialisations – Public Law, International Law or Private & Commercial Law.

Open to law and non-law graduates, the LLM offers you the flexibility to complete your studies in a way that suits you. Courses are delivered in a variety of modes – semester length, online or in a shorter ‘intensive’ format.

Upon completion, you will join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 19,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

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. develop and apply specialist knowledge within the areas of law studied.
  2. evaluate case law, legislation and scholarly writings on the specialist areas of law studied.
  3. synthesise legal materials into a concise and cohesive argument that addresses a legal question.
  4. incorporate social, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis.
  5. undertake legal research and present findings using a variety of materials and sources.
  6. engage in original and critical reflection on the law.
  7. contribute to debates on theoretical, policy and practical issues in the areas of law studied.

Inherent Requirements

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

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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.

How to choose courses and enrol

  1. Consult the program requirements on the Programs and Courses page to see which courses you can choose.
  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.

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How to choose courses and enrol

  1. Consult the program requirements on the Programs and Courses page to see which courses you can choose.
  2. Look at the Masters program timetable to see what courses are offered. The Graduate Coursework Timetable is available here.
  3. Choose a course(s). You can enrol in your whole year's worth of courses or one course at a time. Domestic students have 5 years to complete the program. A full time study load is 18-24 units per half year period.
  4. Check that you meet the prerequisite(s) for the course.
  5. Enrol in the course on ISIS - for information on how to do this please go to
Commencement date

Each student will commence the program on a different date depending on which courses are chosen.


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

Some courses are available wholly or partly online. Please see the timetable.  Attendance is not required at all for wholly 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 are 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 contact your stream convenor for academic advice on course selection or program information.

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