Graduate Certificate of Law

Grad Cert of Law


6 months full-time. Up to 3 years part-time.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor Degree with a minimum 4 out of 7 GPA.

Applicants who have completed an Australian undergraduate law degree or Juris Doctor in common law countries/regions listed below are exempted from Law and Legal Institutions (LAWS8586) and are required to complete an additional 6 units from the course list:

  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom (Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Ireland
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Canada

How to apply

Domestic postgraduate applications

International postgraduate applications


Program description

Exploring both domestic and global contexts, the ANU Graduate Certificate of Law will equip you with an understanding of the role and function of law in a range of topical areas such as technology, human security and the environment.

This program is ideal for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline and wish to develop their knowledge of Australian and international legal systems and how laws are created, interpreted and applied.

The Graduate Certificate of Law also provides a pathway to the Master of Laws (LLM) for graduates from non-cognate disciplines.

The Graduate of Certificate of Law offers you the flexibility to study courses from a range of contemporary topics in law including information technology, aviation and space, environment and climate, cyber warfare, international security and human rights.

To see the full range of courses available, please visit Programs and Courses


Degree specialisations are available in the following areas of law:

Please note this will be available from Semester 1 2022. To see the full range of courses available, please visit Programs and Courses.

Student experience

Ranked in the top 25 Student Cities four years in a row, Canberra offers a different academic and cultural experience to universities located in other Australian capitals.

As an ANU Law student, you'll learn from leading academics, world-renowned guest lecturers and industry experts from Australia and around the world. You'll also benefit from a range of real-world learning opportunities that are unique to studying law in the nation’s capital, the city where federal laws and policies are made. 

Our proximity to the High Court of Australia, Commonwealth courts and federal agencies offers students unparalleled access to legal practitioners, members of the judiciary and government policymakers, many of whom are ANU Law alumni.

Mode of delivery

Courses are delivered in a range of modes including full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, evening or intensive, offering the ability to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of a teaching approach that combines academic rigour with practical expertise.


Through the Graduate Certificate of Law, you’ll acquire the skills required for success in an increasingly competitive workplace, including the ability to analyse complex problems, conduct high-level research and develop considered legal arguments.

In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 21,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

Academic experts

ANU is ranked in the top 20 in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019/20).

Possessing particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, governance and national security, our academic experts provide national research leadership on the most important legal, regulatory and governance challenges facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

Small group teaching provides postgraduate law students with increased opportunities to interact and engage with academic experts, visiting guest speakers and other students.


Tuition fees are calculated based on residency and the program of study. Check the Graduate Certificate of Law Programs and Courses page to find out more about fees for this degree. 


To apply for the ANU Graduate Certificate of Law:

Program and Courses

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

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