• Length 5 years full-time
  • Minimum 240 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan ALLB / BPPE
  • CRICOS code 079095B
  • UAC code 137010
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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.

Are you a leader? The Australian National University is a leader too, especially in the fields of philosophy, politics and economics. This progressive and well-regarded degree will arm you with the moral, economic and political perspectives you need to make a real impact.

You will develop exceptional problem solving skills and critical and conceptual thinking, all while gaining a passport to some of the world’s most promising careers.

 

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. major philosophical theories and approaches to the evaluation of social institutions;

  2. the methods of economics to the study of political institutions and processes;

  3. the methods of economics to questions within political philosophy;

  4. the assumptions, ‘tools’ and limitations of political economy; and

  5. the core arguments and principles of public choice and rational choice theory.

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 Politics, Philosophy and Economics - Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$45,720.00

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 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

LAWS4256 Law 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


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 Politics, Philosophy, and Economics flexible double degree component requires completion of 96 units, of which:

A maximum of 48 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 96 units must include:

48 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1

ECON2101 Microeconomics 2

ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in PPE

PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking

PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics

POLS1008 PPE Integration 1

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science


6 units from completion of the following courses:

PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction

PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics


Note: A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list, which must also be counted towards completion of any other requirements for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics ( these courses are included in the following lists. )

ECON2141 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A

ASIA2090 Study Tour: The Political Economy of Myanmar

EURO3002 Comparative European Politics

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia

POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions

POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2126 Democracy and Dictatorship

POLS2127 U.S. Politics

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics

POLS3022 Washington DC Internship

POLS3029 Sharing Power: Federalism in Comparative Perspective

POLS3031 Comparative Judicial Politics

POLS3039 Political Leadership and Executive Government


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

PHIL2016 Philosophy of Language

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice

PHIL2057 Philosophy of Science

PHIL2080 Logic

PHIL2082 Sex and Death: The Philosophy of Biology

PHIL2101 Democracy, Difference and Desire

PHIL2113 Global Justice

PHIL2121 Philosophical Logic

PHIL2122 Philosophy and Public Policy

PHIL2124 Philosophy of Cognitive Science

PHIL2125 Rationality and Social Cooperation

PHIL2126 Science in Society: Ethics, Public Policy and Scientific Practice

PHIL2290 Philosophy, AI and Society

PHIL3073 Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL3075 The Philosophy of Gender: Knowledge, Power, Bodies

PHIL3076 Philosophy of the Life Sciences


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy

ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present

ECHI3008 History of Economic Thought (P)

ECHI3009 World Economy Since 1800

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

ECON2013 Behavioral Economics

ECON2014 Managerial Economics

ECON2016 Economics II (H)

ECON2026 Money and Banking

ECON2091 The Economy, Politics and the State

ECON2102 Macroeconomics 2 (P)

ECON2120 Law and Economics (P)

ECON2125 Optimisation for Economics and Financial Economics

ECON2141 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory

ECON3100 Economics 3 (H)

ECON3101 Microeconomics 3

ECON3102 Macroeconomics 3

EMET1001 Foundations of Economic and Financial Models

INDG3003 The Indigenous Economy


6 units from the completion of 2000- and 3000-level courses from the following subject areas and courses:

ECON Economics

PHIL Philosophy

POLS Political Science

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A

Specialisations

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law 6 units LAWS1203 Torts 6 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units
LAWS1202 Lawyers Justice and Ethics 6 units LAWS1204 Contracts 6 units POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units
Year 2 LAWS1205 Australian Public Law 6 units LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Non-compulsory Politics list Course 6 units
LAWS2250 International Law 6 units LAWS2249 Legal Theory 6 units POLS1008 PPE Integration 1 6 units Non-compulsory Philosophy list Course 6 units
Year 3 LAWS2201 Administrative Law 6 units LAWS2203 Corporations Law 6 units ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 6 units Non-compulsory Economics list Course 6 units
LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law 6 units LAWS2248 Legal Research and Writing 6 units PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2 6 units Non-compulsory Politics list Course 6 units
Year 4 LAWS2204 Property 6 units Law Elective Course 6 units Non-compulsory Philosophy list Course 6 units ANIP/ECON/PHIL/POLS 2000/3000 Level Course 6 units
LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts 6 units Law Elective Course 6 units ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 units Non-compulsory Economics list Course 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.  

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.




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 Research Capstone, selected from the study tab.
  • 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.

  • 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 Research Capstone, selected from the study tab.

 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 require 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



Single degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

For the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics you will need to complete:

  • Eight compulsory courses (48 units)
  • One introductory Philosophy course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list, which may also be counted towards any other requirement (6 units)
  • Two Political Science courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Philosophy courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Economics courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • One 2000-level or 3000-level course from the designated list (6 units)
  • Eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

You will need to complete:

  • Eight compulsory courses (48 units)
  • One introductory Philosophy course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list, which may also be counted towards any other requirement (6 units)
  • Two Political Science courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Philosophy courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Economics courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • One 2000-level or 3000-level course from the designated list (6 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count eight 1000-level courses (48 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.

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 ARTS1234. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics half of the double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • Following compulsory courses:
    • ECON1101 - Microeconomics 1
    • PHIL1005 - Logic and Critical Thinking
    • POLS1002 - Introduction to Politics
    • POLS1008 - PPE Integrative Seminar Year 1: Puzzles in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
    • POLS1009 - Research and Writing in Political Science
  • Either PHIL1004 or PHIL1008
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You are not required to take a major or a minor in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree, however you can use your electives to make up a major or a minor.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1002 towards the compulsory courses list and the Political Science major.

Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College.  If you have an interest in another discipline such as management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in these areas. In particular look at the majors and minors in these areas.  These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.



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