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If you're unable to commit to a full degree, our wide range of professional development courses can ensure your skills and knowledge remain relevant to your workplace.

Enabling you to study with one of the world’s leading law schools, ANU Law offers all our Masters courses as single subjects, delivered on-campus or online, so you can expand your legal knowledge and develop your professional skills.

Catering for busy professionals, the courses in our Masters' specialisations are offered over weekends, in intensive formats and online by some of the best legal experts in Australia.

All our Masters courses can be studied as a single subject – without having to enrol in a full program or degree. You can choose from a wide variety of courses in our Masters program. To see the full range of courses available in 2019, go to Programs & Courses.

You have the option of taking a course with assessment or without assessment and we can also prepare tailored courses for your workplace.

For registered migration agents, we offer the Practice Ready Program (PRP), course name Applied Australian Migration Law and Practice (LAWS8650) which the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) requires all RMAs to complete in your first year of practice. ANU School of Legal Practice enables you to meet the requirements of PRP through our 12-week online course and is designed to equip you with the technical and practical knowledge needed as a registered migration agent.

Without assessment

We provide Professional Development courses which enable you to take one of over 80 Masters program courses, without assessment, on a broad range of topics such as:

  • international trade law
  • national and international security law
  • legislative drafting
  • water resources and environmental law
  • climate change law
  • aviation law
  • law, governance and development

Courses are generally taught over 3-5 days (intensive), helping you balance study with employment or other personal commitments. Courses are offered across four sessions each year: 

  • Summer (January-March)
  • Autumn (April-June)
  • Winter (July-September)
  • Spring (October-December)

You would need to prepare for, attend and participate in intensive classes, however you do not complete any of the assessment items and will not receive a formal grade.

You will receive a certificate of attendance, and the benefit of expanding your knowledge on a specific legal topic.

You cannot use the attendance at the course towards a degree program at ANU or any other university. If you wish to gain status (credit) for the course, you must apply as a non-award student (see below) or apply for the full degree program.

How to apply

Once you have selected your course, complete and return the PDF icon Professional Development Registration Form (156 KB). Applications should be received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.


Professional Development fee for 2018 Masters Program courses is $2,856 incl GST per student, per course. This fee does not include any prescribed text books.

Full payment is required prior to the commencement of the course and fees are payable direct to the ANU College of Law by credit card, cheque, money order or invoice.

With assessment

You will be asked to fulfil all course requirements, including attendance and assessment, and will receive a formal grade at the end of the course. Taking a single subject with assessment is called 'non-award enrolment'.

Non-award enrolment

If you are unsure about whether to pursue a full degree program but have an interest in law, we encourage you to enrol in individual courses that form part of the Masters Program. This is called non-award enrolment. Non-award enrolment is study that does not lead to a degree.

If you would later like to enrol in a Master of Laws or Graduate Certificate of Law, you will be able to count your non-award courses as status towards that study (within seven years).

How to apply

  1. Download the ANU Non-Award Study Application form available from ANU non award study
  2. Submit the completed form to Admissions, along with any relevant certified documents and transcripts, and required documentation.


Non-award students pay the same fees as any other Masters student. Students taking single courses (non-award students) are not eligible for support from the Australian Government FEE-HELP program.

Fees for specific courses are available on the Programs and Courses website.

Domestic student fees are payable by Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens. International student fees are paid by students who are not Australian or New Zealand citizens, or do not have Australian permanent residency status.

For more information on the Australian education system please go to the government website StudyAssist.

More information on ANU costs and fees, and scholarships and support is available on the central ANU website.

Tailored training courses

ANU Law can offer tailored courses to meet the training and professional development requirements of your workplace. These courses are not offered through standard programs of study, and therefore offer students a professional development advantage.

Courses have been created and delivered for a number of Public Sector and Private Sector clients, including several national law firms and federal government departments. The ANU College of Law is currently on the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Leadership, Learning and Development Panel to provide training for the Australian Public Service.

If you would like to talk to us about tailoring a course for your workplace, contact the LLM Program coordinator, or +61 2 6125 3965.


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