The ANU College of Law has reinforced its position as one of Australia’s leading law schools with the announcement of several new education programs for 2015.
Covering both undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts, the new programs include the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), the Graduate Certificate of Law, the Master of Laws in Migration Law and an enhanced Juris Doctor.
Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the new programs reflected revised requirements for Australian legal education and responded to the changing expectations of law students, and the organisations and environments in which they would ultimately work.
“As one of Australia’s top law schools, the ANU College of Law aims to ensure our programs remain at the forefront of legal education and continue to meet the needs of employers.
“Alongside complying with the updated requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework, our new and expanded programs place an emphasis on ensuring a qualification from the ANU College of Law continues to be considered one of the best in the world.
“This means making sure our curriculum not only covers the fundamental aspects of law, but recognises and remains relevant in a changing and increasingly global environment.”
LLB to include Honours
Professor Bottomley said the most significant development was the expansion of the College’s flagship Bachelor of Laws, which sees all students commencing in 2015 able to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – or LLBHons – degree.
“By challenging our students to complete Honours requirements from the start of their degree, the ANU Bachelor of Laws (Honours) remains comparable with the programs offered by some of the world’s highest ranked law schools.
“The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) puts a stronger focus on research – including the option for students to select their own topic and prepare a supervised research paper on it – equipping students with skills that are particularly valuable in many careers and vital for further study.”
Graduate Certificate offers pathway to ANU law
Developed for non-law graduates, the ANU Graduate Certificate of Law provides students with both a standalone university qualification and a foundation to continue in further graduate law programs, including the ANU Master of Laws.
The new program, which can be completed in six months of full-time study, provides students with an understanding of Australian law and legal institutions, and offers a diverse choice of elective subjects in areas such as media, migration, climate change, corporate governance and sustainability.
“The Graduate Certificate of Law is ideal for those seeking to strengthen their knowledge of law, whether as a means of enhancing their skill sets or to begin a broader career change,” said Professor Bottomley.
Migration Law now offered at Masters level
Building on the popularity of its Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice – the compulsory qualification for registered migration agents – the ANU College of Law will introduce the online Masters of Laws in Migration Law.
Professor Bottomley said the LLM in Migration Law responded to the demand for a higher level qualification among those wanting to further their understanding or specialise in migration law.
“In addition to being delivered online, the LLM in Migration Law addresses recent developments in domestic and international arenas, and provides one of the most up-to-date programs in the complex area of migration law.”
Juris Doctor extends choice, flexibility and support
The ANU College of Law has also made considerable enhancements to its Juris Doctor degree, including additional support, a wider array of elective subjects, a capstone experience, and greater flexibility for students.
“We understand that many of our Juris Doctor students are often returning to university, and need to balance study with full-time work, family and other commitments.
“In 2015, the Juris Doctor will provide an even greater level of educational support, and enable students to undertake a substantial research-based legal project or experience-based course,” said Professor Bottomley.