Master of Laws [LLM]

LLM Master of Laws


1 year full-time. Up to 5 years part-time.

Final closing date


02 January 2018 to commence in Summer 2018

06 June 2018 to commence in Winter 2018


15 December 2017 to commence in Summer 2018

31 May 2018 to commence in Winter 2018

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree with a minimum GPA of 4/7; or completion of a non-law degree and the Graduate Certificate of Law with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

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Program description

Designed to expand knowledge and develop expertise across a range of key areas of law, the ANU Master of Laws (LLM) is a globally recognised advanced law degree.

Allowing you to build your own program of study by choosing from more than 80 different Masters courses, the ANU Master of Laws is especially valuable whether you seek to gain an in-depth understanding of law across a broad range of areas or focus on a specific combination of legal areas and topics.

In addition, you can also undertake the ANU Master of Laws in one of six specialist streams, including environmental lawgovernment and regulationinternational lawinternational security lawgovernance and development, and migration law.  

Whichever option you choose, you’ll benefit from a unique teaching approach that brings together academic rigor, theoretical understanding and practical insight, and provides the knowledge and skills required for success in a diverse range of careers.

To help you balance study with full-time employment and other personal commitments, the ANU LLM places an emphasis on flexibility. This includes clustering lectures over ‘intensive’ periods of 3-5 days – reducing the need for you to travel to campus on multiple occasions – and making extensive use of online learning, enabling you to structure study when and where it suits you best.

For an overview of this program see our PDF icon Master of Laws program information sheet (130.41 KB).

To see the list of masters courses see our Law course finder page and tick the boxes for the relevant program. 

Admission to practice

A Master of Laws does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia.

To practice law in Australia you need to complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD), plus practical legal training (PLT). ANU School of Legal Practice offers the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) or the Master of Legal Practice (MLP) which fulfil current PLT requirements in Australia.

After I graduate

The ANU has the highest level of graduate employability of any Australian university. LLM graduates advance or choose careers in a diverse range of areas including legal practice or advice, politics, journalism, public policy, public service, global diplomacy, government, the arts, finance and business.

In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 18,300 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

Experts who will teach the program

With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative lawinternational lawenvironmental lawmigration law, governance and national securityour 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.

Some of our experts who teach in the Masters program are:

Donald Rothwell - an active media commentator and his research focuses on Law of the Sea

Tim Bonyhady - one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and cultural historians, and has been advisor to Commonwealth and State inquiries into environmental law

Leighton McDonald - research interests are administrative and constitutional law, and legal theory

Kim Rubenstein - a globally recognised expert on citizenship law, with many years of experience in teaching and mentoring junior scholars and students

Ryan Goss - an emerging scholar with expertise in human rights law and highly acclaimed teaching methods

Rebecca Monson - an expert in law and development in South Pacific, with extensive experience in fieldwork-based, interdisciplinary research

William H Boothby - has researched and published widely in the field of cyber warfare law

Prue Bindon - a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons law firm and Associate Lecturer at ANU Law

Andrew Harding - a leading scholar in fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law


The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current fees for the Master of Laws at Programs and Courses.
For more information, visit MyUniversity and StudyAssist.
More information on ANU costs and fees, and scholarships and support is available on the central ANU website.


To apply for the Master of Laws [LLM]:

  • Domestic applicants apply via UAC
  • International applicants apply online - please go to the program page on Programs and Courses and then click the 'Apply' button in the top right corner.

Program and Courses

For information on admission requirements, fees, courses, electives, suggested study patterns and more – see the Program and Courses website »

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