The ANU Master of Laws (LLM) is an advanced postgraduate qualification open to both law and non-law graduates who are seeking to advance their career, specialise in an area or explore new areas of law.
Ranked 15th in the world for the study of law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019) and with the highest level of graduate employability of any Australian university (2017 The Global Employability Ranking), ANU Law offers its students the opportunity to advance and focus their learning through a versatile, detailed and well-rounded experience.
With flexible learning options available, our LLM allows students to tailor studies to suit their personal interests and career aspirations.
Subjects and disciplines
ANU LLM students can build their own program by selecting from a range of contemporary topics in law, including aviation and space, environment and climate, cyber warfare, international security and human rights. Alternatively, they can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:
- Public Law
- International Law
- Private & Commercial Law
To see the full range of courses available in 2019, please visit Programs & Courses.
Ranked in the top 25 Student Cities four years in a row and listed by Lonely Planet in 2018 as the third best city in the world to visit, Canberra, the home of ANU, offers a different academic and cultural experience to universities located in other Australian capitals.
Studying at ANU opens doors to opportunities in government (internships, observation days and future career prospects) and access to resources unavailable anywhere else.
With the latest updates relating to policy change and law-making taught and applied in class, there is also extra credibility within state and federal government when applying for roles after graduation.
In addition, ANU values the importance of a positive cultural experience. As a student, you’ll be warmly welcomed into an inclusive and collaborative environment that creates a sense of togetherness and community spirit; ANU boasts almost 150 clubs that offer unique educational, sporting, cultural and social opportunities to members.
Mode of delivery
Study how and when it suits you
Courses are delivered in a range of modes including full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, evening or intensive, offering the ability to fit studies around professional and personal needs and commitments.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of the University’s teaching approach, which combines academic rigour with practical expertise. Small class sizes provide increased opportunities for postgraduate students to interact with academic staff and visiting guest speakers.
ANU has the highest level of graduate employability of any Australian university. Our LLM alumni have achieved excellence not just in the area of law but in international business, diplomacy, politics, public policy, humanitarian aid, banking and finance.
Graduates have included John Reid PSM (First Assistant Secretary, Office of International Law Attorney-General’s Department), Simonetta Astolfi (Partner in Charge (Canberra), Maddocks Lawyers) and Alan Wu (Member of the Board, Oxfam Australia).
As a graduate yourself, you will join an alumni network of more than 20,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.
Possessing particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental 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.
By choosing to study in the nation’s capital, where law and policy is made, LLM students have unparalleled access to guest lecturers (such as retired High Court Chief Justice, Honorary Professor Robert French) and expert research staff (who are also award-winning teachers).
Our educators are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies.
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.
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.
ANU College of Law International Excellence Scholarship
ANU is proud to offer the ANU College of Law International Excellence Scholarship. The objective of the award is to attract and support top quality international postgraduate students to the ANU College of Law.
The scholarship provides recipients with a $20,000(AUD) once-off payment to support them in undertaking the ANU LLM. Up to five scholarships are available for 2019. Students who meet the eligibility criteria are automatically considered. Selection is made on the basis of academic merit with scholarships offered to prospective ANU LLM international students with an excellent academic record as defined by a minimum GPA of 5.5 out of 7 or above.
ANU College of Law International Merit Scholarship
ANU is proud to offer the ANU College of Law International Merit Scholarship.
The scholarship provides recipients with a $10,000(AUD) once-off payment to support them in undertaking the ANU LLM. Up to five scholarships are available for 2019. Students who meet the eligibility criteria are automatically considered. Selection is made on the basis of academic merit with scholarships offered to prospective ANU LLM international students with an excellent academic record as defined by a minimum GPA of 5.0 out of 7 or above.
Browse our Brochures & information materials section for our program fact sheets.