Master of Laws (LLM)

LLM Master of Laws


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

Entry requirements

B Laws, B Laws (Honours), Juris Doctor, Graduate Certificate of Law or a Bachelor Degree in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.0;
B Laws, B Laws (Honours), Juris Doctor, Graduate Certificate of Law or Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0 plus 2 years relevant professional experience (resume template).

English language requirements may apply for International students, please refer to our English language requirements for admission policy for more information.

International postgraduate applicants - Semester 1, 2019 commencement 

Due to high demand for our programs, postgraduate international applications direct to ANU for commencement in First Semester 2019 (February intake) are now closed.

Domestic postgraduate applicants - Semester 1, 2019 commencement 

Domestic postgraduate applications for commencement in First Semester 2019 (Feburary intake) close 31 January 2019. 

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.

The flexible curriculum of ANU Law School’s LLM allows you to tailor your studies to suit your personal interests and career aspirations. You can build your own program by selecting from a range of contemporary topics in law, including international security, aviation and space, environment and climate, cyber warfare and human rights. Or you can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • International Law
  • Public Law
  • Private & Commercial 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.

To see the full range of courses available in 2019, go to Programs & Courses.

Career outcomes

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 20,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

Academic experts

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.

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 Merit Scholarship

ANU is proud to offer the ANU College of Law International Merit 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 $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 the highest GPAs.


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.

More information

Browse our Brochures & information materials section for our program fact sheets.

Program and Courses

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

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