Professional development courses

Professional development businessman

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in 2020 to Online.


4 days to 7 weeks

How to apply

Select your preferred professional development course from the Course Calendar below, then complete the online application form. Applications must be received at least 15 working days prior to the course start date.

We offer a range of short-term professional development courses to allow you to study a single subject without having to apply for a full postgraduate degree.

Short-term professional development courses can enable you to update or refresh your knowledge, expand your skillset, focus on a specialised area of law relating to your current role or gain new knowledge and skills to prepare you for a new role.

Courses are taught by world-class academics and guest lecturers with real-world professional experience and delivered in an intensive format of between 4 days to 7 weeks to suit working professionals.

Tailored professional development courses can be developed and delivered in-house at your workplace upon request.


Course calendar 2020

Course title Code Delivery Course dates  
Artificial Intelligence, Law & Society LAWS8405 Online 25-27 Aug, 1-3 Sep, 8-10 Sep Apply
Gender, Law & Development LAWS8329 Online 31 Aug - 18 Sep Apply
Sustainable Energy Law LAWS8037 Online 31 Aug - 18 Sep Apply
Contemporary Issues in Administrative Law LAWS8271 Online 3-4, 10-11 Sept & 15-16, 22-23 Oct Apply
Media Law LAWS8402 Online 9 Sep to Fri 25 Sep Apply
Tort Liability and Public Authorities LAWS8142 Online 14,18,21,28,30 Sep, 2 Oct Apply
Executive Power LAWS8241 Online 18-20 Sep, 25-27 Sep, 2-4 Oct Apply
International Refugee Law LAWS8252 Online 28 Sep - 16 Oct Apply
International Law and Australian Government LAWS8297 Online 5 Oct - 6 Nov Apply
Freedom of Information and Privacy LAWS8243 Online 6 Oct - Thu 22 Oct Apply
Legislation and Legislative Drafting LAWS8104 Online 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 Oct & 31 Oct - 1 Nov Apply
Land, Water and Biodiversity Law LAWS8280 Online 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 29 Oct Apply
Cyber Warfare Law LAWS8035 Online 26 Oct - 7 Nov Apply
Legal App Development LAWS8408 Online 3, 10, 17 Nov & 8 Dec Apply
Commercial Law LAWS8140 Online 16 - 19 Nov Apply
Special Topics in Law, Governance and Development LAWS8028 Online 16-18, 23-25 Nov Apply
Post-conflict situations and International law LAWS8314 Online 23 - 26 Nov Apply
Int Law of the Environment LAWS8264 Online 23, 25, 27, 30 Nov & 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 Dec Apply


As a professional development course participant, you will be expected to prepare for, attend and participate in classes however you will not be required to complete any assessment items and you will not receive a formal grade for the course. 


Certification and credit

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance from ANU for your participation in the course, but it is not possible to use the attendance as credit 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 or apply for a full degree program.


How to apply

To apply, select your preferred professional development course from the Course Calendar above, then complete the online application form.

Applications must be received at least 15 working days prior to the course start date.



$2,999 (including GST) per student, per course. This fee does not include any prescribed text books (if required).

Payment can be made online or by invoice. Refer to the online application form for further details. 

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.

Discounted rates for ANU alumni

ANU alumni receive a 10% discount on professional development short courses ($2,699 (including GST) per student, per course). 

You’ll find instructions on redeeming this discount in the online application form.


In-house professional development courses

ANU Law can deliver tailored in-house short courses to meet the learning and development requirements of your team or workplace.

We have developed and delivered a range of professional development courses for both public and private sector clients, including several national law firms and federal government departments.

ANU 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 developing a tailored learning solution for your team or workplace, please email Marketing and Communications, ANU College of Law or call +61 2 6125 0900.


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