• Length 5 years full-time
  • Minimum 240 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan ALLB / BINSS
  • CRICOS code 079095B
  • UAC code 137010

A Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree provides candidates with a law degree that opens doors to a diverse range of professional careers in Australia and around the world.

In addition to equipping you with an understanding of law and the contexts in which it operates, the LLB (Hons) places a significant emphasis on building your high-level research skills through opportunities to conduct independent legal research.

Through the LLB (Hons), you will graduate with an honours-degree, giving you additional advantages in establishing your career or providing a strong foundation for postgraduate study. The program satisfies the academic component to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia.

Do you see yourself shaping Australia's foreign policy decisions? Or working with elite international organisations like the United Nations or our top spy agencies? The Bachelor of International Security Studies can help you make your dream career a reality.

When you study the Bachelor of International Security Studies you will delve deeply into the contemporary security threats facing nations, international organisations and businesses around the world – including the threat of military power, civil war, terrorism, cybercrime, environmental degradation and food security to name just a few. Read more about this degree on our website.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

Law graduates may find work either in areas where a law degree is a professional requirement or more general fields in which law is especially useful.


A Bachelor of Laws would normally be a requirement for the following occupations: a Barrister or Solicitor in professional practice; a Legal Officer in government departments or private enterprise; a Corporate Legal Officer in private industry, commerce and finance; community legal work; law teaching and academic research; a Judge's Associate, and legal journalism.


To practice as a Barrister or Solicitor graduates must also complete Practical Legal Training at an accredited institution.


More general fields of employment include: the Australian Foreign Service; industrial relations; social welfare; government administration; business management; lobbying; media; public relations; law librarianship; court reporting; environmental agencies; technology and communications; and Federal and State police forces. 

Law graduates may find work either in areas where a law degree is a professional requirement or more general fields in which law is especially useful.


A Bachelor of Laws would normally be a requirement for the following occupations: a Barrister or Solicitor in professional practice; a Legal Officer in government departments or private enterprise; a Corporate Legal Officer in private industry, commerce and finance; community legal work; law teaching and academic research; a Judge's Associate, and legal journalism.


To practice as a Barrister or Solicitor graduates must also complete Practical Legal Training at an accredited institution.


More general fields of employment include: the Australian Foreign Service; industrial relations; social welfare; government administration; business management; lobbying; media; public relations; law librarianship; court reporting; environmental agencies; technology and communications; and Federal and State police forces. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Review, analyse, and synthesise knowledge from primary and secondary legal sources to identify and provide solutions to complex legal and justice problems.

  2. Interpret and critically evaluate the nature of law and its social and ethical impact on society, at a local, national, and international level.

  3. Undertake technical legal research to access a range of legal materials, literature databases, and other online sources, and apply legal or interdisciplinary research methodologies to evaluate and synthesise findings.

  4. Communicate to a variety of legal and non-legal audiences in a range of oral and written formats.

  5. Develop insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ diverse perspectives on laws and society and evaluate their relationship and importance to contemporary Australian law and society.

  6. Work both independently and collaboratively as required, and evaluate and reflect on feedback to develop personal, professional and ethical capability across a range of legal disciplines.

  1. Identify and explain the key concepts, ideas and principal actors in international security.

  2. Evaluate the major theoretical frameworks for understanding the complexities of contemporary international security challenges.

  3. • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the historical and contemporary dimensions of international, internal and transnational security, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

  4. Analyse the key challenges facing Australian security and defence policy in the ‘Asian Century’.

  5. Reflect critically on the principal factors that determine the security policies of Australia and the major Asia-Pacific powers

  6. Employ communication and presentation skills (oral, written and electronic)

  7. Demonstrate teamwork and interpersonal skills

  8. Exhibit the ability to write for both academic and professional audience

Admission Requirements

ATAR:
96
International Baccalaureate:
38

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Bachelor of International Security Studies - Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$44,470.00

Scholarships

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.

Program Requirements

This double degree requires the completion of 240 units.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) flexible double degree component requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

 

The 144 units must include:

96 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law

LAWS1202 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics

LAWS1203 Torts

LAWS1204 Contracts

LAWS1205 Australian Public Law

LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS2201 Administrative Law

LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law

LAWS2203 Corporations Law

LAWS2204 Property

LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts

LAWS2207 Evidence

LAWS2244 Litigation and Dispute Management

LAWS2248 Legal Research and Writing (available 2022)

LAWS2249 Legal Theory

LAWS2250 International Law

 

48 units from completion of 4000-level LAWS-coded courses including at least 6 units from completion of courses on the following list:

LAWS4010 Jessup Moot

LAWS4213 Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

LAWS4220 Human Rights Law in Australia

LAWS4230 Law Internship

LAWS4231 Law and Art: Representation and Critique (if the optional 4000 word research essay is completed)

LAWS4254 Restitution (if the optional 4000 word research essay is completed)

LAWS4256 Law and Sexualities

LAWS4258 International Organisations (Geneva)

LAWS4262 Advanced Administrative Law

LAWS4286 Literature, Law and Human Rights (if the optional 4000 word research essay is completed)

LAWS4218 Feminist and Critical Legal Theory

LAWS4290 High Court of Australia

LAWS4300 Supervised Research Paper

LAWS4315 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific


48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

HONS4300 Final Honours Grade will be used to record the class of honours. The final honour mark will be calculated using the formula S (mark x units) / S units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero. All LAWS-coded courses will be included in the calculation. 

The Bachelor of International Security Studies flexible double degree component requires completion of 96 units, of which:

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

The 144 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory course list:

STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies

STST1003 Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security

STST2001 Concepts of Security in the Asia-Pacific

STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century


Minimum of 6 units from completion of a course from the following concepts and methods course list:

HIST2110 Approaches to History

POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis

WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective

POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis

POLS3017 International Relations Theory


Minimum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list of Security Studies courses:

Asia-Pacific Security

ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security

ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia

INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula

INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

STST2020 Study tour: Southeast Asia's Security Choices


Global Security

MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security

HIST2240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945

POLS2132 Current Issues in International Security

STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons


Australian Security

STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands

STST3003 Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World


Non-traditional Security

ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific

DIPL2000 Leadership and Diplomacy

INTR2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building

POLS3004 Emotions in International Politics

POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict

POLS3036 International Terrorism


History and Security after 1945

HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989

STST2004 Special Topic in International Security

STST3003 Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World

WARS2002 Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989

WARS2003 The Korean War


A maximum of 30 units from the completion of courses within the following Language, Security and Area Studies minors:

Language

Advanced Arabic

Advanced Chinese Language

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Japanese Language

Advanced Korean Language

Advanced Sanskrit Language

Advanced Spanish Studies

Arabic Language

Burmese Language

Chinese Language

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Mongolian Language

Persian

Russian

Spanish

Tetum Language

Thai Language

Tok Pisin Language

Vietnamese Language


Area Studies and Methods

Asian Studies

Asia-Pacific International Relations

Contemporary Europe

Gender and Sexuality

International Communication

International Relations

Latin American Studies

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Northeast Asian Studies

Pacific Studies

Philosophy

Social Research Methods

Southeast Asian Studies

Sustainable Development


Security

Criminology

Historical International Security

Peace and Conflict Studies

Technology, Networks and Society

War Studies


A maximum of 6 units from the completion of courses from VCUG Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Courses or the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A

ASIA2110 International Affairs Internship

ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship

ASIA3023 Asia Pacific Week Internship

ASIA3024 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging and digital disruption

ESEN1101 Essential University English

LING2107 Advanced Academic English

HIST1250 Big History

Specialisations

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law 6 units LAWS1203 Torts 6 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units Course toward completion of minor from list B
LAWS1202 Lawyers Justice and Ethics 6 units LAWS1204 Contracts 6 units STST1003 Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security 6 units Elective
Year 2 LAWS1205 Australian Public Law 6 units LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure 6 units STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific 6 units Course toward completion of minor from list B
LAWS2250 International Law 6 units LAWS2249 Legal Theory 6 units POLS2132 Current Issues in International Security 6 units Course toward completion of minor from list B
Year 3 LAWS2201 Administrative Law 6 units LAWS2203 Corporations Law 6 units STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century 6 units Course toward completion of minor from list B
LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law 6 units LAWS2248 Elective Elective
Year 4 LAWS2204 Property 6 units Law Elective Course 6 units Course toward completion of 18 unit requirement of list A Course toward completion of 18 unit requirement of list A
LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts 6 units Law Elective Course 6 units Course toward completion of 18 unit requirement of list A Elective
Year 5 LAWS2244 Litigation and Dispute Management 6 units Law Elective Courses 18 units
LAWS2207 Evidence 6 units Law Elective Courses Law Capstone Courses 6 units 12 units

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The curriculum of the ANU law degree consists of compulsory and elective courses.

The compulsory courses are designed to ensure that every student gains a sufficient grounding in the fundamental branches of the law, as well as satisfying applicable requirements for admission to practice.

The elective courses provide an opportunity to develop particular interests, deepen understanding and engage students in research opportunities.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It is important that you attend the Law Information Session that will be held during O'Week. You will receive an introduction to the program, the timetable, tutorial information and be introduced to relevant college staff and advisers.

 

PRIOR STUDY

If you wish to apply for credit or exemptions for courses completed prior to your new ANU program, you will need to seek approval prior to your enrolment.

An information session for commencing Law students will be held in O'Week.


Single degree

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) consists of 192 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

  • 96 units (16 courses) are compulsory
  • 42 units (7 courses) are elective and must be LAWS courses
  • 6 units (1 course) must be used as the Reasearch Capstone, selected from the following list https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/LLBHons_CapstoneCourses
  • 48 units (8 courses) of electives chosen from any other ANU College or from LAWS courses.

You must enrol in the following courses in first year in this order:

Commencing Semester 1:

Semester 1

  • LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law
  • LAWS1203 Torts
  • 2 non-Law first year electives

Semester 2

  • LAWS1202 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics
  • LAWS1204 Contracts
  • 2 non-Law first year electives

Commencing Semester 2:

Semester 2

  • LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law,
  • LAWS1204 Contracts
  • 2 non-Law first year electives

For your non-Law electives, you may wish to seek advice from the relevant college that offers the course or from a Law adviser. 

Courses coded in the 1000 range are first year courses and most first year courses do not have any prerequisites – details of any prerequisites will be listed in the relevant course entry.

Double degree

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in a flexible double degree consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

 Non-Law electives are usually taken by your other degree

 You must enrol in the following courses in first year in this order:

Commencing Semester 1:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Commencing Semester 2:

Semester 2

Academic Advice

If you need any further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the ANU College of Law

College Student Administration Services Office | Ground Floor, 5 Fellows Rd

Telephone: (02) 6125 3483 or

Email: enquiries.law@anu.edu.au



Back to the Bachelor of International Security Studies page

When you study the Bachelor of International Security Studies  you will delve deeply into the contemporary security threats facing nations, international organisations and businesses around the world - including the threat of military power, civil war, terrorism, cybercrime, environmental degradation and food security to name just a few. Read more about this degree on our website.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.


Remember you will need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until the end of week 2 of each semester without penalty.  Other things to be aware of:

  • A course can only be counted towards one major or minor.

  • You can’t study more than 4 courses (24 units) per semester.

  • You may need to enrol in courses for your major and/or your minor, particularly if you are completing a double degree.

  • If you are intending to enrol in language courses and have previous experience with the language you wish to study, you need to sit a placement test to ensure you are enrolled at the most appropriate level of language study.  Further information is available here

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ASIA1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

Electives

You can use your electives to enrol in any courses that you like, provided you meet prerequisite requirements.

To find 1000-level courses, search Programs and Courses.

Remember, though, that if you are a single-degree student you cannot count more than 60 units of 1000-level courses towards the completion of your degree.  If you are a double-degree student, you cannot count more than 36 units of 1000-level courses towards the completion of the 96 units allocated to the BINSS half of your degree.


Study Options

Single Degree example

This is an example only - you need to plan your degree carefully to ensure that you are on track to fulfil the requirements of the BINSS program orders. You may, for example, wish to leave a substantial number (24) of elective units free so that you can study overseas for a semester.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units 1000-level course from the Language, Security and Area Studies minor list 1000-level elective course 1000-level elective course
STST1003 Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security 6 units 1000-level course from the Language, Security and Area Studies minor list 1000-level elective course 1000-level elective course

Double Degree example

This is an example only - you need to plan your degree carefully to ensure that you are on track to fulfil the requirements of both degrees.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units 1000-level course from the Language, Security and Area Studies minor list Course from second degree Course from second degree
STST1003 Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security 6 units 1000-level course from the Language, Security and Area Studies minor list Course from second degree Course from second degree
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