Master of Laws [LLM]

Netta Goussec


1 year full-time. Up to 5 years part-time.

Final closing date:

Domestic: 20 June 2016 for commencement in Winter 2016.
International: 31 May 2016 for commencement in Winter 2016.


Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree with a minimum average of at least 50 per cent; or completion of a non-law degree and the Graduate Certificate of Law with a minimum average of at least 50 per cent.

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Program description

Designed to expand knowledge and develop expertise across a range of key areas of law, the ANU Master of Laws (LLM) is a globally recognised advanced law degree.

Allowing you to build your own program of study by choosing from more than 80 different courses [PDF; 286k], the ANU Master of Laws is especially valuable whether you seek to gain an in-depth understanding of law across a broad range of areas or focus on a specific combination of legal areas and topics.

In addition, you can also undertake the ANU Master of Laws in one of six specialist streams, including environmental law; government and regulation; international law; international security law; governance and development, and migration law.  

Whichever option you choose, you’ll benefit from a unique teaching approach that brings together academic rigor, theoretical understanding and practical insight, and provides the knowledge and skills required for success in a diverse range of careers.

To help you balance study with full-time employment and other personal commitments, the ANU LLM places an emphasis on flexibility. This includes clustering lectures over ‘intensive’ periods of 3-5 days – reducing the need for you to travel to campus on multiple occasions – and making extensive use of online learning, enabling you to structure study when and where it suits you best.

Admission to practice

A Master of Laws does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia.

To practice law in Australia you need to complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD), plus practical legal training (PLT). ANU Legal Workshop offers the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) or the Master of Legal Practice (MLP) which fulfil the PLT requirements and builds on the skills you have gained by completing your LLB or JD. The GDLP program will commonly take six months to complete, and the MLP program will take six to twelve months to complete.

After I graduate

The ANU has the highest level of graduate employability of any Australian university. LLM graduates advance or choose careers in a diverse range of areas including legal practice or advice, politics, journalism, public policy, public service, global diplomacy, government, the arts, finance and business.

In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 17,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

Experts who will teach the program

With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security, our academic staff are frequently called on by parliamentary committees, peak bodies, professional associations and the media for analysis, advice and guidance on the law, and what might be done to improve it.

Many of our expert research staff are also award winning teachers who are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies. We have created a supportive and nurturing environment in which you can thrive.

Some of our experts who teach in the Masters program are:

Donald Rothwell - an active media commentator and his research focuses on Law of the Sea.

Tim Bonyhady - one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and cultural historians, and has been advisor to Commonwealth and State inquiries into environmental law.

Emeritus Professor Jim Davis - teaches postgraduate courses in contract, torts and conflict of laws. 

George Barker - researches law and economics, and the law and economics of regulation.

Leighton McDonald - research interests are administrative and constitutional law, and legal theory.

Suresh Nanwani - has lectured and published on international financial institutions, law and development reform and institutional governance and resposibility.

William H Boothby - has researched and published widely in the field of cyber warfare law.

Prue Bindon - a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons law firm and Associate Lecturer at ANU Law.

Andrew Harding - a leading scholar in fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law.


The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current fees for the Master of Laws at Programs and Courses.
For more information, visit MyUniversity and StudyAssist.
More information on ANU costs and fees, and scholarships and support is available on the central ANU website.


To apply for the Master of Laws [LLM]:

- Domestic applicants apply via UAC

Year Session commencement Closing date
2016 Winter, Spring & Semester 2. Applications open Sept 2015. Mid June 2016

- International applicants apply online.

Please go to the program page on Programs and Courses and then click the 'Apply' button in the top right corner.

Year Session commencement Closing date
2016 Winter session (from July) 31 May 2016


Programs and Courses

For information on admission requirements, fees, courses, electives, suggested study patterns and more – see the Programs and Courses website »

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