The ANU Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is an acknowledged world-class undergraduate degree.
With Honours ‘built in’ from the start of the degree, the ANU LLBHons places an emphasis on developing versatile skills in independent research, analysis and critical thinking, providing you with a competitive edge on graduation, and a solid foundation for postgraduate study.
Through the degree, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about the role and function of law, and develop advanced understanding about how law influences and impacts almost every aspect of our world.
As an ANU LLBHons student, you’ll study a range of compulsory courses in foundational areas such as public law, criminal law, contracts, evidence and litigation, and have the opportunity to choose from a rich selection of electives across a wide variety of topics, such as international law, environmental law, and human rights.
Alongside the fundamental concepts of law and legal systems, the ANU LLBHons will encourage you to consider how the law does and doesn’t work, and what can be done to improve and enhance it.
During your ANU law degree, you will be presented with numerous opportunities to put your legal knowledge into action and gain practical experience through a range of internships, clinical placements, student competitions and exchanges in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.
Our long-standing reputation as a leader in law reform and social justice means your degree provides you with the means to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in Australia and abroad.
Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to the LLBHons at ANU, can request to receive course credit. Further information can be found on the Credit (Status) Policies and Procedures page.
Flexible Double Degrees at ANU
You can undertake your ANU LLBHons as a single degree, or combine law with one of over 35 other disciplines as part of a Flexible Double Degree, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your specific interests, passions and career goals.
At ANU, around 90 per cent of students study law as part of a Flexible Double Degree, extending and deepening their knowledge in complementary areas – for example, law and international relations – or creating a unique combination to maximise the value and versatility of law.
Studying a Flexible Double Degree doesn’t mean double the workload of a single degree. Instead, a double degree brings together courses from two degrees to create a single program of study, and only adds another year to the time you spend at university.
You can explore the Flexible Double Degree combinations available by using our Compare and Create tool.
As an ANU law student, you’ll benefit from a supportive and student-focused environment, and a teaching approach that allows you to see law in action.
Our location in Canberra puts you in close proximity to the Federal Parliament, the High Court of Australia and key government agencies such as the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Treasury.
In the later years of your degree, you’ll also have numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience by taking advantage of field trips, internships, and mooting competitions or by spending a semester overseas, studying in the USA, Europe or over 130 other locations.
An ANU Law degree opens doors to career opportunities across Australia and around the world.
As a graduate, you’ll find the skills you gain through your degree – in research, analysis, argument, collaboration and communication – are in strong demand from employers, and are especially valuable for many different careers.
Typically, ANU LLBHons graduates work in law and legal practice roles – as lawyers and solicitors – in public and private sectors. Depending on interest and career objectives, graduates might choose to work in a large legal firm, specialising in a specific field such as environmental law or human rights, or work in a government agency on a wide range of different legal issues.
However, studying law doesn’t mean you’re limited to working as a lawyer. While around half of ANU Law graduates choose to practise law, many others use their LLBHons degree as a foundation for careers in politics, journalism, public policy, global diplomacy, government, the arts, finance and business.
Whichever path you take, you’ll benefit from a graduate employability rate which sees over 80 per cent of ANU graduates in full-time employment within four months of graduation.
If you’re seeking to further develop your understanding in law, or specialise in a specific area, your ANU LLBHons will effectively prepare you for postgraduate study, including the ANU Master of Laws (LLM).
In addition, your ANU LLBHons will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 20,000 professionals – many working as leaders in their respective fields – in Australia and around the globe.
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 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.
Admission to practice
Before you can practice law in Australia, you must complete practical legal training (PLT). Building on your LLBHons, PLT provides the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need as a legal professional, and allows you to be admitted as a lawyer.
The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current student contribution for the LLBHons at Programs and Courses.
For more information, visit StudyAssist.
More information on ANU costs and fees, and scholarships and support is available on the central ANU website.
If you are currently enrolled at another university and wish to complete an individual course at ANU to count towards your degree from that university, you can apply to study at ANU as a cross-institutional student.
Browse our Brochures & information materials section for our program fact sheets.