Do you have an ambition to practise law, but don’t have a law degree?
The ANU Juris Doctor (JD) is a highly regarded legal qualification from one of the world’s top law schools. Completing a JD, and the requisite Practical Legal Training (PLT), qualifies you to practise law anywhere in Australia and in some other jurisdictions.
The ANU JD combines core foundational legal studies with a distinctive capstone experience incorporating practical clinical studies, internships or a research project, where you witness the law in action. The clinical study involves working with clients on real problems with real deadlines, giving graduates a competitive edge.
The ANU JD emphasises the issues of law reform and social justice in the program of study, where you discover legal theory, how the law is applied, and how it affects people’s lives.
Throughout your studies you will experience world-class teaching from academics who mentor and guide you successfully through the program. You will also get access to the frequent high profile visitors to ANU Law, including judges, barristers and visiting academics from around the world.
To see the scheduling of the compulsory and elective courses in your program, see our Law course finder page, and tick the relevant box(es).
Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to the JD at ANU, can request to receive course credit. Further information can be found on the Credit (Status) Policies and Procedures page.
**We also offer the opportunity to complete your JD at Oxford, while also graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from the University of Oxford. See our Oxford JD page for more information.**
Law in action
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.
ANU Law actively encourages you to experience the law in action through clinical courses, international exchanges, internships and volunteering, some of which can count towards your academic credit.
Admission to practice
Before you can practice law in Australia, you must complete practical legal training (PLT). Building on your JD, PLT provides the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need as a legal professional, and allows you to be admitted as a lawyer.
After I graduate
ANU has the highest level of graduate employability of any Australian university. The ANU JD has global recognition and graduates enter traditional legal roles such as a solicitor or barrister, as well as roles in management, politics, the public service, business, commerce and technology and communications.
In addition, your ANU JD will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 20,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.
Experts who will teach the program
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.
The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current fees for the Juris Doctor at Programs and Courses.
For more information, visit StudyAssist.
More information on ANU costs and fees, scholarships and support is available on the central ANU website.
Domestic students apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).
- Applications for the February intake open in September and close 11 December of the preceding year.
- Applications for the July intake open in April and close late May.
- UAC code: 830481
International students apply direct through ANU Apply Online.
- Applications for the February intake close on 15 December of the preceding year
- Applications for the July intake close on 31 May
- JD Program code: 7330
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.