A Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) is the best way to start your postgraduate legal studies – whether you are a non-law graduate or a law graduate from an overseas university.
CLAW students can select courses from a range of contemporary topics in law, including information technology, aviation and space, environment and climate, cyber warfare, international security and human rights.
The program is designed to be a stand-alone qualification or provide an entry qualification for the Master of Laws
Managing your Program
Graduate Certificate of Law
The Graduate Certificate of Law program consists of 24 units in total or the equivalent of a half year of full-time study, distributed as follows:
- Completion of LAWS8586 Law and legal Institutions*
- 3 LAWS8000 level courses
*Students who have completed an Australian undergraduate law degree or Juris Doctor or equivalent are exempted from LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and are required to complete an additional 6 units from the course list.
As a postgraduate student of ANU you take responsibility for your own studies administratively and academically. This includes correctly enrolling in the courses, updating your personal details in the ANU system through ISIS, applying for program leave, withdrawing from a course without financial and/or academic penalty, verifying Census Date deadlines, applying for FEE-HELP (if you are eligible) and more.
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|LAWS8586 Law and legal Institutions*
All students will receive an invoice in ISIS. Your invoice will indicate the cost of your course tuition, and the due date for payment.
Eligible domestic students may apply for FEE-HELP through ISIS to defer their fees to the Australian Taxation Office. Ensure you apply for FEE-HELP before the course Census Date or you will need to pay your fees upfront.
Students must enrol themselves for each session by the appropriate deadline.
CLAW courses are mainly taught during sessions, with a couple on offer during semesters periods. Attendance is compulsory.
These sessions are as follows:
|Summer||Coursework takes place between January and towards the end of March|
|Autumn||coursework takes place between end of March and towards the end of June|
|Winter||coursework takes place between end June and around mid-September|
|Spring||coursework takes place between mid-September and the end of December.|
|Semester 1||Coursework takes place over 12 weeks in the first half of the year.|
|Semester 2||Coursework takes place over 12 weeks in the second half of the year.|
Current and continuing coursework students must enrol themselves for each session by the appropriate deadline.
The census date for a course is the last day to withdraw without academic or financial penalty. Census dates are different for each course held in a non-standard session. Please check census dates for courses under the individual course entry on the ANU Programs and Courses website.
A Class Summary is produced for each course. This document contains vital information including materials, texts, learning outcomes, and details on assessment and must be read by the student. It is available on ANU Programs and Courses and the Wattle course site at least two weeks prior to the course start date.
WATTLE Course Sites
WATTLE (Web Access To Teaching & Learning Environments) is an online learning environment used to facilitate learning, communication and collaboration, and is used to make lecture notes, readings and other learning resources available to students online.
Each course has its own Wattle site which you must access. You will have access to the sites of the courses you are enrolled in approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Course Study Guides, course materials, ebricks, resources, discussion forums, quizzes and online activities can all be accessed via each Wattle course site. Assessments will be submitted electronically on the course site. It is your responsibility to regularly check your University email account in order not to miss vital information. The University is not responsible if a student cannot access their ANU email or forwarded email at their place of work.
Mode of Delivery
Courses are delivered in a range of modes including full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, evening or intensive, offering the ability to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of a teaching approach that combines academic rigour with practical expertise.
Students will be notified by email as early as possible when a course has to be cancelled or changed. Every effort will be made by the ANU College of Law not to cancel courses unless absolutely necessary or due to circumstances beyond our control.
Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU, or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation. From recognition of academic achievements or athletic performance, to support for unique challenges and experiences, ANU has scholarships for you.