Program Management - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

A Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons)) degree provides students with a law degree that opens doors to a diverse range of professional careers in Australia and around the world.

In addition to equipping you with an understanding of law and the contexts in which it operates, the LLB(Hons) places a significant emphasis on building your high-level research skills through opportunities to conduct independent legal research.

Through the LLB(Hons), you will graduate with an honours-degree, giving you additional advantages in establishing your career or providing a strong foundation for postgraduate study. The program satisfies the academic component to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia.

Managing your program

Flexible Double Degree - Law (FDD - Law)

The Law component of a Flexible Double Degree (FDD) program consists of 144 units in total or the
equivalent of five years full-time study, distributed as follows:

Program commencing before 2021

  • 15 compulsory courses (90 units)
  • 9 Law elective courses (54 units)

Program commencing on or after 2021

  • 16 compulsory courses (96 units)
  • 8 Law elective courses (48 units)
    • Including a Capstone Course (6 units minimum)

The FDD program with Law is intended to be completed in five years full-time or up to a maximum of eleven years part-time including periods of leave or suspension. The structure for the Law component is the same for each FDD program. Students should consult the College responsible for the other part of the program in order to ensure that they meet the requirements for that part of the program.

As an undergraduate 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 HECS-HELP (if you are eligible) and more.

Study Plans

Pre 2021 Commencement 2021 Onward Commencement

Program Fees

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 HECS-HELP through ISIS to defer their fees to the Australian Taxation Office. Ensure you apply for HECS-HELP before the course Census Date or you will need to pay your fees upfront.

Course Information

Students must enrol themselves for each session by the appropriate deadline.


LLB(Hons) courses are mainly taught during semester with electives sometimes being offered intensively during non-standard sessions. Attendance is compulsory. These sessions are as follows:


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.
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.

Current and continuing coursework students must enrol themselves for each session by the appropriate deadline.

Census Dates

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.

Class Summaries

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.

Capstone Requirements

Students commencing the LLB(Hons) degree in or after 2021, are required to complete a research capstone by writing a substantial research essay (or equivalent) as part of their degree. This requirement may be satisfied by completing LAWS4300 Supervised Research Paper or LAWS4700 Law Capstone Project or a research essay (or equivalent) of at least 4000 words in one of the approved research capstone courses.

A Supervised Research Paper may be taken as part of the Bachelor of Laws(Hons) program. This 12 unit course requires the completion of a 11000 - 16000 word research paper.

The research capstone requirement allows students to refine their legal research and writing skills, both of which are fundamentally important for any law graduate.

Course Cancellation

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.

Practical Legal Training for ANU Students

Admission to Practice

You can find the steps on how to get admission to practice here. 

Disestablished program Resources

LLB/JD Handbook 2014

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