Complete your JD at Oxford

Oxford University

As an ANU Juris Doctor (JD) student, you have the opportunity to complete your ANU JD with status from University of Oxford, while also graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from the University of Oxford.

Many legal practitioners and academics regard the BCL as the best masters-level qualification in the common law world. It is a coursework masters designed for high-achieving students, taught by outstanding scholars through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

The structure of the program allows you to complete the equivalent of 2.5 years of study at ANU and to then undertake one year of study at Oxford, graduating after 3.5 years with both the ANU JD and the BCL from Oxford.

How to apply

Applications are submitted directly to Oxford during the second semester of your second year of your ANU JD, with applications usually closing in January for a September commencement at Oxford. Applications will be assessed based on 96 units of study. You will then complete a further semester of study at ANU, ensuring that all compulsory courses are completed prior to departure.

Upon completion of the BCL (one year of study from September to July), you must provide ANU with an official transcript from Oxford at which time credit for the remaining 24 units of the JD will be applied. It is at this point that you will graduate with the ANU JD.

Applicants should be aware that you will be responsible for all travel, tuition, college fees and living expenses associated with studying and living in Oxford.

Your application must:

  • meet the Oxford admission guidelines
  • demonstrate that you will only have 24 units (4 elective courses) remaining by the time you begin your studies in Oxford

Funding and scholarships

A number of scholarships are available through the University of Oxford. Further information regarding the eligibility requirements and application process may be found on their website.

Recommended study plan

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1 LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law LAWS6103 Torts
LAWS6104 Contracts
LAWS6102 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics
LAWS6105 Australian Public Law
LAWS6250 International Law
LAWS6249 Legal Theory
Year 2 LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS6201 Administrative Law
LAWS6203 Corporations Law
1 Law elective
LAWS6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law
LAWS6205 Equity and Trusts
LAWS6207 Evidence
1 Law electives
* 1 Law elective to be taken in a non-standard session in year 2
Oxford Assessment Based on Above Study (96 Units)
Year 3 LAWS6204 Property
LAWS6244 Litigation and Dispute Management
2 Law electives
@ Oxford equivalent of 24 ANU units


Students intending to apply for the Oxford BCL program should consult the ANU College of Law Student Administration T +61 2 6125 3483 or

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