The ANU College of Law is a vibrant enterprise that is nationally and internationally renowned for its ground-breaking scholarship, its innovation in legal education, and its strong commitment to community engagement.
The College places a high value on allowing individuals to reach their true potential in an environment of collegiality, egalitarianism, and respect for diversity. With more than 80 academic and 50 general staff, the special teaching and research strengths include International Law, Public Law, Environmental Law, Law & Development, Legal Practice and the Legal Profession, all undertaken with a strong ethos of law reform and social justice.
The ANU College of Law offers a range of stimulating and practical programs to aspiring students of law, including established practitioners wishing to further their careers.
In the single degree one will study a mixture of compulsory and elective courses. One can choose from a rich selection of electives in a broad range of areas, including International Law, Environmental Law, Law Reform and Human Rights Law. The degree also allows to study 8 non-law elective courses, in order to further enrich the study experience. The award of Honours in Law is based on two criteria:
• the completion, at the required standard, of an Honours Thesis (this counts for 30% of the final Honours mark), and
• the quality of results in other Law courses, excluding the Honours Thesis (this counts for 70% of the final Honours mark).
The Australian National University Juris Doctor (JD) is a distinctive Program for graduates of non-law disciplines (or non-Australian law graduates).
This Program will give academic qualifications for admission to practice in Australia. And also an ability to choose from a wide range of law electives, with opportunities to focus on research.
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
The GDLP is designed according to the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers.
Completion of the GDLP, together with the LL.B. or JD, allows for direct admission to practice in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, and reciprocal admission in South Australia.
Master of Laws
The Masters of Laws (LL.M.) program at the ANU College of Law is the longest standing of the graduate programs offered by the College. Consistent with the ongoing development of graduate law teaching over the decades, the LL.M. program offers students the opportunity to select from a wide range of law courses at introductory, advanced and specialist levels.
A particular feature of the LL.M., and all the specialised programs is the intensive delivery of the courses over a period of 3 or 4 days. Some courses in the program are also offered online.
The various other programmes in ANU College of Law are Migration Law Program, Military Law Program, Higher Degree Research.
The ANU is a research-intensive institution. It is one of only two Australian universities currently to have an Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) top ranking of 5 for law. As Australia’s national law school, the ANU College of Law has an outstanding reputation both at home and internationally. Its success reflects the high national and international standards that the College’s researchers aspire to and achieve. The College’s strong research culture finds expression not only in scholarly publications but also in teaching and in contributions to public debates and decision-making.
The ANU Library Law Precinct maintains collections and delivers services tailored to the needs of the relevant Schools, Colleges and Research Centres at the ANU. The University Library holds over 2.5 million items in its physical collection and provides online access to over 71,000 electronic journals and to over 150 databases. The physical collection includes books, journals, microforms, audio-visual material, music scores, rare books and ANU doctoral theses.
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