Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to their current academic program, can request to receive course credit or an exemption based on prior learning. Further information including relevant definitions and links to ANU policies and procedures is available on the credit page. University rules, policy and procedure relating to the granting credit is set out in the Coursework Awards Rule, Policy: Credit and Procedure: Credit.
The amount of credit for law courses completed at other institutions, whether in Australia or overseas, will be determined by the relevant Sub-Dean/Director on the basis of information provided by the applicant and any other relevant sources. The quantum of status awarded will depend upon a variety of factors, including the Australian Qualifications Framework (or AQF) level of the program of prior study.
The AQF is the Commonwealth’s regulatory regime for accrediting educational programs. In the context of ANU College of Law programs, the AQF Framework covers: AQF Level 7 programs (LLB degrees); AQF Level 8 programs (LLBHons degrees, Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas); and AQF Level 9 programs (JD and Masters degrees). Specific rules in relation to AQF Levels in the ANU context are set out in the University’s Policy on Academic Programs and Courses Accreditation.
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Decisions in relation to credit are made by the SubDean of the Law School. Credit will only be considered for courses completed within 7 years of the day the student first made the credit application. These limitations apply to both law and non-law courses.
To obtain an ANU LLBHons degree as a student transferring from another institution, at least 16 of the law courses required for the degree (or 96 units of law courses) must be completed at the ANU. Transferring students whose prior program of study was at AQF Level 8 (LLBHons level) may receive credit/status for up to 48 units of study (8 courses). Students transferring into the LLBHons program from an AQF Level 7 LLB (as opposed to an LLBHons) at another institution are subject to more specific requirements: credit can be given for up to eight compulsory law courses or for up to seven compulsory and one elective completed at AQF Level 7 (for a total, in either case, of 48 units of study). This limit is not negotiable as it reflects the AQF-mandated degree requirements for a Level 8 program.
When making decisions in relation to credit, the SubDean will only grant credit for courses that are assessed as comparable to ANU College of Law courses by reference to course content, mode of delivery, assessment rigour (including compatibility with the spiralled research skills taught and assessed in ANU compulsory law courses), contact hours and other relevant measures. A relevant measure in relation to law electives is the requirement that at least eight out of the nine law electives that a student completes as part of the ANU LLBHons must have sufficient emphasis on research to meet AQF Level 8 standards. This result is at least 50% of the final mark for the course being apportioned to independent research tasks.
Decisions in relation to credit are made by the SubDean of the Law School. Credit will only be considered for courses completed within 7 years of the day the student first made the credit application.
A student who enrols in the ANU JD degree after transferring from another institution may be eligible for credit/status for the law courses they have undertaken at the other institution. However, an ANU JD can only be awarded if at least 12 JD courses (or 72 units of study) are completed at the ANU.
When making decisions in relation to credit, the SubDean will only grant credit for courses that are assessed as comparable to the ANU College of Law course by reference to course content, mode of delivery, assessment rigour, contact hours and other relevant measures. A relevant measure in relation to the JD program is the requirement that no more than 25% of courses making up a Level 9 program can originate in Level 7 or Level 8 programs. Accordingly, no more than 6 courses taken at LLB or LLBHons level can be credited to a JD program.
Where a student was enrolled in a combined program of law and another discipline, whether at ANU or at another institution, no credit will be given for any law courses that were included in (or counted towards) the completion of the award of the other discipline. A student, however, may not repeat in the JD program a course which is substantially similar to that of a subject passed for the award of another degree or diploma. Where a course is a compulsory part of the ANU JD program, an exemption from that course will normally be granted and the student will be required to undertake another course in lieu of the course for which exemption is granted.
Master of Laws
Decisions in relation to credit are made by the SubDean of the Law School. Where credit is granted, the duration of the program may be adjusted accordingly. The following paragraph sets out the limits within which credit may be granted in the LLM Programs.
Credit is only granted for graduate level courses deemed equivalent by the SubDean and will only be granted for courses completed within 7 years of the day the student first made the credit application. Credit will only be considered for courses in a cognate discipline and will not be granted for more than half of the program’s required units (i.e. 24 units), including cross institutional study. Credit will not be granted for internships.
Credit may be granted for courses undertaken in Graduate Certificate of Laws at ANU if a student has previously completed a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Juris Doctor, or a Bachelor Degree in any cognate discipline.
For the purposes of admission, ‘cognate’ is to be defined as any of the following: 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.
Master of Legal Practice
Decisions in relation to credit are made by the Head of School (School of Legal Practice). Credit will only be considered for courses completed within 10 years of the day the student first made the credit application.
Credit for a completed ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) - conferred or not yet conferred
Students who have completed the GDLP at ANU are eligible for credit towards an MLP not exceeding the total units completed in the ANU GDLP degree:
- 36 units from the ANU GDLP Program Code 6312
- 48 units from the ANU GDLP Program Code 6303.
Students who are granted credit towards their MLP will need to complete the following units within their MLP program:
- Where 36 units of credit are granted students must complete a further 36 units consisting of:
- A minimum of 12 units from completion of 8000-level MLP completion courses (Legal Practice LAWS courses).
- A minimum of 18 units from completion of 8000-level courses in the subject area LAWS
- A maximum of 6 units of LEGW 3 unit elective courses which have not yet been completed as part of the original GDLP.
- Where 48 units of credit are granted students must complete:
- A minimum of 18 units from completion of 8000-level MLP completion courses (Legal Practice LAWS courses).
- A maximum of 6 units from completion of 8000-level courses in the subject area LAWS.
Students must refer to Programs and Courses and the MLP Program Requirements for a full list of allowable courses.
Credit for a conferred GDLP at another institution
Students who have completed a GDLP at another institution other than ANU School of Legal Practice may be eligible for credit of not more than 50% towards the MLP.
Applications and enquiries should be directed to the Head of School (School of Legal Practice) for approval.