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

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.

Can you see yourself jet-setting the globe with a career in trade, foreign affairs, journalism, international business or research? You have found the right degree.

ANU is a leader in the field of International Relations.

Our program will introduce you to International Relations, initially via the broad historical and intellectual framework which has framed the modern world of states since the 17th century. It will then concentrate on the 20th century, the age of World Wars and the Cold War, before addressing contemporary issues, the age of global political economy, global culture and communication, global environmental concerns and post-Cold war political conflict, including the 'War on Terror'.

With our flexible program you can extend your chosen language subject into a major, and have the opportunity to go on exchange or an international/national internship.

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 the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international relations, and the relationships between them;

  2. have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the global system;

  3. demonstrate an understanding of the principal actors in contemporary global politics and the challenges they face;

  4. understand the principal factors that determine the foreign policies of major powers and of Australia; and

  5. reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of International Relations.

Admission Requirements

ATAR:
97
International Baccalaureate:
39

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 Relations - Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$46,680.00

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

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

LAWS4290 High Court of Australia

LAWS4300 Supervised Research Paper

LAWS4302 International Law Clinic

LAWS4315 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

LAWS4700 Law Research Capstone Project


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 Relations 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 include:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts

POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis

A minimum of 6 units from the following theory courses:

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory

POLS2102 Political Belief and Deceit

POLS2119 Ideas in Politics

POLS3017 International Relations Theory

POLS3032 The Politics of Empire

A minimum of 6 units from the following methods courses:

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science

POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2137 Meaning in Politics: Interpretation, Method and Critique

POLS3045 Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science Research

SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

A minimum of 12 units from the following area studies courses:

ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics

ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia

EURO1004 Europe in the Modern Era

EURO2012 Uniting Europe: History, Politics, Theory

EURO3002 Comparative European Politics

INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East

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

MEAS2004 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East

MEAS3004 Iran in World Politics

POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East

POLS2055 Pacific Politics

POLS2095 Politics in Latin America

POLS3040 Conflict and Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

A minimum of 12 units from the following security courses:

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

POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies

POLS2136 Power and Influence in World Politics

POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict

POLS3036 International Terrorism

STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies

STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific

STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands

STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons

STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century

A minimum of 6 units from the following global politics courses:

DEMO2003 Migration in the Modern World

DIPL2000 Leadership and Diplomacy

INTR3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice

PHIL2113 Global Justice

POLS2011 Development and Change

POLS2100 Genocide in the Modern World

POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

POLS2113 Human Rights

POLS2133 International Organisations in World Politics

POLS2135 Race, Ethnicity and Representation

POLS3004 Emotions in International Politics

POLS3035 The Politics of International Law

SOCY2030 Social Inequalities and Development

A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from the following cognate list:

DEMO1001 Global Population Challenges 

DEMO2003 Migration in the Modern World

HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History

HIST1210 Environment and History from 1945

HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945

HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989*

HIST2240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945*

HIST2226 Nazi Germany*

HIST2228 The Enlightenment: Europe and the World 1660-1800

HIST2242 The Soviet Union: From the Russian Revolution to the Collapse of Communism*

HIST2238 Human Rights in History*

MEAS3007 Syria in the Levant: State, Society and the Current Turmoil

MEAS3008 Egypt: Social and Political Dynamics in a Changing Middle East

*Please note that courses with asterisks are usually offered every second year.

A maximum of 12 units from the following internships and Vice-Chancellor's courses:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A

ANIP3005 Australian National Internships Program B

VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity

A maximum of 24 units from courses in the following language minors:

Advanced Chinese Language 

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Japanese Language

Advanced Korean Language 

Advanced Spanish Studies

Arabic

Burmese Language

Chinese Language

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language

Mongolian Language

Russian

Persian

Spanish

Tetum Language

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

Minors

Bachelor of International Relations Minors

Specialisations

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law 6 units LAWS1203 Torts 6 units POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6 units 1000 level course from the Area Studies or Security Lists or Minor 6 units
LAWS1202 Lawyers Justice and Ethics 6 units LAWS1204 Contracts 6 units POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units 1000 level course from the Area Studies or Security Lists or Minor 6 units
Year 2 LAWS1205 Australian Public Law 6 units LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units
LAWS2250 International Law 6 units LAWS2249 Legal Theory 6 units POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units
Year 3 LAWS2201 Administrative Law 6 units LAWS2203 Corporations Law 6 units POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units
LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law 6 units LAWS2248 Legal Research and Writing 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units
Year 4 LAWS2204 Property 6 units Law Elective Course 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units
LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts 6 units Law Elective Course 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units 2000/3000 level course from the designated lists 6 units
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

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

CREDIT/STATUS for PRIOR STUDY

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
Email: enquiries.law@anu.edu.au

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 

There are a few items to note:

  • Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
  • A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage.

Single degree

Students starting in Semester 1 – single degree Bachelor of International Relations, example

Semester 1

POLS1006

STST1001

Elective

Elective

Semester 2

POLS1005

POLS1009

Elective

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.

Students starting in Semester 2– single degree Bachelor of International Relations, example

Semester 2

POLS1005

POLS1009

Elective

Elective

Semester 1

POLS1006

STST1001

Elective

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.


Double degree

Students starting in Semester 1 – double degree Bachelor of International Relations, example

Semester 1

POLS1006

STST1001

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

POLS1005

POLS1009

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

 Students starting in Semester 2– double degree Bachelor of International Relations, example

Semester 2

POLS1005

POLS1009

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 1

POLS1006

STST1001

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

 


Electives





Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units Elective Elective
POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units Elective Elective

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree
POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

 

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 

Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage

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