Master of Laws [LLM] in Government and Regulation


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

Study government and regulation and gain knowledge and insights into the legal framework underlying government. The ANU College of Law's Master of Laws in Government and Regulation enables you to explore both the process and product of government regulation and the underlying legal structures upon which it is built.

Combine comparative and multi-disciplinary perspectives to examine the design, implementation and effectiveness of regulation in Australia and equip yourself with a strong understanding of the modern regulatory state, and the role of key areas of commercial and public law.

Taking advantage of the ANU College of Law’s proximity to the Australian Parliament, the High Court and key government agencies, the ANU Master of Laws in Government and Regulation is taught by a specialist team of experts, including senior executive staff from the Australian Public Service, government lawyers, parliamentary drafters and other practitioners who bring invaluable first-hand experience and expertise.

Offering a high degree of flexibility, the program allows you to choose from a large number of elective courses – including administrative and constitutional law, competition law, corporate governance, labour law as well as commercial law orientated courses – to suit your specific interests or career requirements.

Note: For students wishing to expand their knowledge but not wanting to commit to a full LLM, many of our courses can be  taken as single, non-assessable courses for professional development.

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

Mode of delivery

To help you balance study with employment and other personal commitments, the ANU Master of Laws in Government and Regulation places an emphasis on flexibility and accessibility. This includes 'intensive' teaching, which clusters lectures over 3-5 days - reducing the need for you to travel to the campus on multiple occasions - and making extensive use of online learning, enabling you to structure study where and when it suits you best.      

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 the current requirements for PLT.

After I graduate

The ANU Master of Laws in Government and Regulation is ideal for lawyers and non-lawyers – in public, private, NGO and NFP sectors – who need to acquire familiarity with legal issues underlying government regulation.

Graduates of the program can be found working in the senior ranks of government devising or implementing public policy; advising government and non-government organisations (such as special interest groups and lobbyists, environmental and social justice groups)  to help them understand, promote or advocate for effective regulatory frameworks.

In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 19,000 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 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.

Our Government and Regulation experts include :

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

Pauline Ridge - has researched and published widely in the areas of equity, restitution and contract law, and law and religion. 

Cameron Roles - has a strong background in workplace and employment law.

Kim Rubenstein - her public law work spans constitutional, administrative and citizenship law.

James Stellios - researches and publishes in the areas of constitutional law and conflicts of laws, and is a practising barrister who appears in constitutional litigation.


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.
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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] in Government and Regulation:

  • 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 »

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