Juris Doctor

ANU Juris Doctor


3 years full-time. Up to 10 years part-time.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7 (any discipline). If you have undertaken more than one tertiary qualification the GPA will be determined by the highest GPA of all completed qualifications.

How to apply


Program description

The ANU Juris Doctor (JD) is an internationally recognised program designed for graduates of non-law disciplines, and provides the qualification required for admission as a lawyer in Australia and some other jurisdictions.

The ANU Juris Doctor combines core foundational legal studies with a distinctive capstone experience incorporating practical clinical studies, internships or a research project, where you get to experience the law in action.

During your degree, you will study a range of compulsory courses in foundational areas of law such as international law, administrative law, corporations law, criminal law, contracts, evidence and litigation.

You can also tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals by selecting electives from a range of contemporary topics in law, including environment and climate law, international trade law, financial markets and takeovers, information technology law, international security law and human rights law.

To see the full range of courses available, go to Programs & 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 location in Canberra puts you in close proximity to the Federal Parliament, the High Court of Australia and government agencies, offering students unparalleled access to legal practitioners, members of the judiciary and government policymakers, many of whom are ANU Law alumni.

In the later years of your degree, you’ll 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.

Mode of delivery

The ANU Juris Doctor offers you the flexibility to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments. Courses are taught in a range of delivery modes throughout the degree program, including on-campus, intensive, evening and online.

Some on-campus elective and compulsory courses are also taught in the non-semester teaching periods (summer and winter sessions) to allow you to tailor your program to reduce the time needed to complete it.

Please note that while some latter-year electives for ANU Juris Doctor students can be studied online (subject to availability), most compulsory courses in this program are delivered on campus. See here for more information.


The ANU Juris Doctor is an internationally recognised graduate law degree. This degree is ideal for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline, are seeking to change or advance their career, and are seeking to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia and some other jurisdictions.

Graduates from this degree enter traditional legal roles such as a solicitor or barrister, as well as roles in management, politics, international organisations, the public service, business, commerce and communications.

In addition, your ANU JD will see you join a prestigious 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.

Throughout your studies you will experience world-class teaching from academic experts who mentor and guide you successfully through the program. You will also get access to the frequent high profile visitors to the College, including judges, barristers and visiting legal scholars from around the world.

Admission to practice

Completing an ANU Bachelor of Laws (Hons) or Juris Doctor and the requisite practical legal training (PLT) qualifies you to practise law anywhere in Australia and in some other jurisdictions including New Zealand, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

PLT provides the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need as a legal professional, and allows you to be admitted as a lawyer.


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


There are a number of scholarships available to postgraduate law students to assist with the cost of your studies, including the:

Visit the ANU Scholarships page to search the full range of available scholarships. 


To apply for the ANU Juris Doctor:

Cross-institutional study

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.

Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to the JD at ANU, can request to receive course credit. Further information: Credit (Status) Policies and Procedures.

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