Admission requirements for 2020 are currently under review, please note the admission requirements listed on this page relate to 2019 admissions.

2020 admission requirements will be published by 1 May 2019.

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Master of Laws

A single one year graduate degree 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.
  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Law not elsewhere classified

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

Upon successful completion, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to:

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.

Further Information

First Semester 2019 commencement – Postgraduate International
Due to high demand for our programs, applications direct to ANU for commencement in First Semester 2019 (February intake) are now closed.

For more information visit the ANU College of Law. To APPLY via UAC please go to LLM Masters Program
For a list of courses on offer for 2019 please refer to the LLM course timetable.

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.

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.

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.




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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.

About this degree

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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