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Master of Legal Practice

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

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MLEGP
  • Post Nominal
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MLEGP
  • Post Nominal

Program Requirements

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

48 units must come from completion of courses from the subject area LEGW Legal Workshop, and

24 units from completion of 8000-level courses from the following subject areas:

  • LAWS Law
  • LEGM Legal Practice MLP

The 72 units 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 18 units from completion of 8000-level advanced legal practice courses in the subject area LEGM Legal Practice MLP


A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses in the subject area LAWS Law;

Admission Requirements

Australian Bachelor LLB, LLB (Hons) or Juris Doctor or International qualification assessed as equivalent by an Australian Legal Practitioner Admission Board. The Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program.

Students who have completed all compulsory courses and have a maximum of 12 units (2 courses) to complete in their LLB, LLB(Hons) or JD degree and who plan to apply for concurrent enrolment to complete their remaining electives at the same time as commencing the first courses of the MLP, must first obtain permission to do so from the legal practitioners admission board in the jurisdiction in which they will be seeking admission.

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

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


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

  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.

Inherent Requirements

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

Further Information

For further information on this program, please visit the MLP website.

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