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Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Law

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses


The 192 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

LAWS2249 Legal Theory

LAWS2250 International Law


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

LAWS4010 Jessup Moot

LAWS4213 Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

LAWS4218 Feminist and Critical Legal Theory

LAWS4220 Human Rights Law in Australia

LAWS4230 Law Internship (Capstone)

LAWS4256 Law, Gender Identities and Sexualities

LAWS4258 International Organisations (Geneva)

LAWS4262 Advanced Administrative Law

LAWS4300 Supervised Research Paper

LAWS4302 International Law Clinic

LAWS4315 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

LAWS4700 Law Research Capstone Project

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. 

Capstone Courses

[LAWS4010, LAWS4213, LAWS4218, LAWS4220, LAWS4230, LAWS4256, LAWS4258, LAWS4262, LAWS4302, LAWS4300, LAWS4315, LAWS4700]


Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law 6 units LAWS1203 Torts 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units
LAWS1202 Lawyers Justice and Ethics 6 units LAWS1204 Contracts 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units LAWS1205 Australian Public Law 6 units LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure 6 units LAWS2203 Corporations Law 6 units Law elective or non-Law later year elective 6 units
LAWS2250 International Law 6 units LAWS2249 Legal Theory 6 units LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law 6 units LAWS2248 Legal Research and Writing 6 units
Year 3 48 units LAWS2201 Administrative Law 6 units LAWS2204 Property 6 units Law elective or non-Law later year elective 6 units Law elective or non-Law later year elective 6 units
LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts 6 units LAWS2207 Evidence 6 units Law elective or non-Law later year elective 6 units Law elective 6 units
Year 4 48 units LAWS2244 Litigation and Dispute Management 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units
Law Capstone 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency  
As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

International Baccalaureate:

Adjustment Factors

A maximum of 5 equity adjustments apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 97 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please 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.

A student admitted to a program for a coursework award must enrol in the courses, sequences of courses, or combinations of courses, that the University determines may be included in the program for the year in which the student is admitted to the program.

Please ensure that you follow the study requirements of the academic year you were admitted or, if accepted, will be admitted to the program.


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.

Additional Requirements

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor Degree or international equivalent are not eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours). These applicants should apply for the Juris Doctor - the ANU postgraduate degree that satisfies the academic component to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia. 

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. 

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.

Inherent Requirements

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

Other Requirements

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

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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.



Please refer to the New Students | ANU College of Law page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O ‘Week and induction session details. You will also find your recommended study plan.


Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to their current academic program can request to receive course credit based on their prior learning. University rules, policy and procedure relating to the granting credit is set out in the Coursework Awards RulePolicy: Credit and Procedure: Credit.

For more information and how to apply, please refer to the ANU College of Law Application for Credit/Status.

Academic Advice

If you require information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the College Student and Education Support team.
Ground floor, 5 Fellows Rd
Telephone: +61 2 6125 3483

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