Master of Laws [LLM]

Netta Goussec


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

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

As one of the world’s top law schools, the ANU College of Law offers you the opportunity to gain a postgraduate law degree recognised and respected in Australia and abroad.

Bringing together academic rigor, theoretical understanding and practical insight, an ANU postgraduate qualification provides the knowledge and skills required for success across a diverse range of careers.

Many ANU Law postgraduate programs are open to those without an undergraduate law degree. In order to assist students seeking to balance study with employment and other commitments, the majority of ANU law postgraduate courses are taught intensively over 3-5 days (including weekends) with an increasing number offered online.

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

Allowing students to build their own program of study by choosing from more than 80 different courses, the ANU Master of Laws is especially useful for anyone wanting to gain an in-depth understanding of law across a broad range of areas, or seeking to focus on a specific combination of legal areas and topics.

You can specialise in one of six disciplines: environmental law; government and regulation; international law; international security law; governance and development, and migration law, or complete your Masters program without specialisation.

The Master of Laws is available to students with a law degree, and to those without a law degree following the completion of the six-month Graduate Certificate of Law.

Located in Australia’s capital city, Canberra, the ANU College of Law places students in close proximity to the nation’s law-making and legislative bodies, including the Australian Parliament, the High Court and key government agencies such as the Attorney-General’s Department, Treasury, Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In many cases, our location means the College is included in the outreach and engagement schedules of international legal experts, practitioners and researchers visiting Canberra, offering students a unique perspective on the interpretation and application of law around the world.

To help students to 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 students to relocate to Canberra, or travel to the campus on multiple occasions – and making extensive use of online learning, enabling students to structure study when and where it suits them 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 18,000 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.
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Domestic applicants apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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.

Programs and Courses

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

Netta Goussac

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