Master of Laws [LLM] in Migration Law


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

Entry requirements

Either one of the following with a minimum GPA of 4/7: Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice, Juris Doctor or a Graduate Certificate of Law. Registered Migration Agents without a prior law degree or graduate certificate can apply for recognised prior learning in order to enter the Masters.


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Program description

Often framed by high emotion, politics and headlines, there are few areas of law – in Australia or abroad – that continue to create as much attention, change and complexity as migration.

Covering domestic and global contexts, the ANU Master of Laws in Migration Law provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the social, economic, environmental and cultural factors that drive migration law and policy.

Alongside considering the development, application and reform of migration law, the program explores how migration law affects and influences specific areas such as skilled and business migration, family migration and refugee law.

Taught by practising migration law specialists and migration agents, the program reflects the latest changes to migration legislation and policy, and provides practical insight from those working with it on a daily basis.

For existing migration agents, individual courses within the ANU Master of Laws in Migration Law can count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligations.

Delivered completely online, the ANU Master of Laws in Migration Law is particularly suited to those seeking to balance postgraduate study with employment, business or other commitments.

For an overview of this program see our PDF icon LLM in Migration Law program information sheet (118.4 KB).

To see the list of masters courses see our Law course finder page, and tick the boxes for the relevant program. or view the PDF icon 2017 Masters Course Timetable. (132.05 KB)

Mode of delivery

To help you balance study with employment and other personal commitments, the ANU Master of Laws in Migration Law 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 Legal Workshop 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

Through an innovative curriculum that emphasises the research, principles and methods used in professional practice, the ANU Master of Laws in Migration Law equips students with the advanced knowledge required for a broad range of career opportunities, including migration services, advocacy, policy, community services and education.

The ANU Master of Laws in Migration Law meets MARA’s requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  for registered migration agents in Australia.  Each course within the Master of Laws in Migration Law is worth five CPD points, and can be taken as part of the LLM or as single subjects through our Professional Development program. For more information on CPD requirements for registered migration agents, visit the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

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 the experts who teach the Master of Laws in Migration Law include:

Marianne Dickie - is a senior academic in the Migration Law Program, and is convenor of the LLM Migration stream.

Khanh Hoang - is an academic in the Migration Law Program and a former Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission.

Nick Tebbey  - is a well-known senior commercial lawyer and migration agent in the Canberra region. Nick was named ACT Young Lawyer of the Year in 2009 and brings to his teaching his expertise in all areas of migration law and practice.


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 in Migration Law at Programs and Courses.
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To apply for the Master of Laws [LLM] in Migration Law:

  • 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

The program, delivered through the ANU Legal Workshop and using the world’s leading online Learning Management System, includes the compulsory Practice Ready Program (PRP) required by the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) for all agents in their first year of practice.

The PRP course is LAWS8650 Applied Australian Migration Law and Practice which is a 12-week course offered online three times a year.

If you don’t wish to undertake a full Masters program you can complete this PRP course as a non-award student. Non-award students are not required to have met the course prerequisites.

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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