Credit (Status)

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 their prior learning. Further information including relevant definitions and links to policies and procedures is available on the general ANU page Get course credit or exemption.

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) 

No credit/status will be given for courses that have formed a part of a completed qualification, nor for courses completed more than 7 years prior to the making of the 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 an absolute one as it reflects the AQF-mandated degree requirements for a Level 8 program.

When making decisions in relation to credit/status, the Sub-Dean will only grant credit for courses that are assessed as comparable to this College’s own 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 (meaning that at least 50% of the final mark for the course must be apportioned to independent research tasks).

Juris Doctor (On-Campus)

No credit/status will be given for courses that have formed a part of a completed qualification, nor for courses completed more than 7 years prior to the making of the application.

Students who have completed a law degree in a civil law country may apply for the ANU JD but will not receive credit for studies previously undertaken. Students who have completed a law degree in a common law country will not be permitted to undertake the ANU JD. Students in this position are advised to have their degree assessed by the admitting authority in the jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission to practice (eg LPAB) so that appropriate bridging courses may be identified.

A student who enrols in the ANU JD (On-Campus) 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/status, the Sub-Dean will only grant credit for courses that are assessed as comparable to this College’s own 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 recently enrolled in a combined program with law, whether at ANU or at another institution, no credit/status will be given for law courses that were included in (or counted towards) the completion of the other award. A student may not repeat in the JD program a course the syllabus of 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 (ie the student will be required to undertake another course in lieu of the course for which exemption is granted).

Juris Doctor (Online)

Credit/status will not be granted for JD (Online) compulsory courses.  The structure of the JD (Online), especially the twinning of compulsory courses and spiralling of skills-related instruction, means that no credit can be awarded for those courses.  Credit may be given for elective law courses on the same basis as for the JD (On-Campus).

Master of Laws and Graduate Certificate of Law

Decisions in relation to status are made by the Director of the LLM Program (the Delegated Authority for these programs).  Where status is granted, the duration of the program may be adjusted accordingly.  The following paragraph sets out the limits within which status for credit may be granted in the Graduate Certificate of Law and LLM Programs. 

Status is only granted for graduate level courses deemed equivalent by the Delegated Authority and will only be granted for courses completed within 7 years of the date of admission to candidature.  Status will only be granted for courses in a cognate discipline and will not be granted for more than 12 units in total (two courses) from outside the ANU College of Law, including cross institutional study.

Further principles applying to the granting of status are that:  it will not be granted for a course undertaken as part of another award which the candidate has completed or intends to complete.  Nor will it be granted for internships.

In rare cases, status may be granted for informal learning in accordance with the ANU’s Policy: Credit paragraph 12(b) (under the heading Course Credit).

Master of Legal Practice

Credit will only be granted for courses completed within 7 years of the date of admission to the Master of Legal Practice.

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 12 units from completion of 8000-level MLP completion courses (Legal Practice LAWS courses).
    • 12 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 Legal Workshop may be eligible for credit of not more than 50% towards the MLP.

Applications and enquiries should be directed to the GDLP/MLP Sub Dean for approval.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team