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  May 2016
  April 2016

Australian National University College of Law


Australian National University (ANU) is ranked number one in Australia, top in the southern hemisphere and 17th in the world by the London Times Higher Education Supplement (2009). The University is also ranked number one in the southern hemisphere by the Shanghai Jiaoong University Institute of Higher Education (2009).

The ANU College of Law is one of Australia's leading law schools. Established in 1960 as the Faculty of Law, the ANU College of Law is the 7th oldest of Australia's 29 law schools, and has produced graduates who are now leaders in their chosen fields all over the world. It is also home to some of Australia's best-known and most outstanding legal scholars and teachers, and to flagship publications such as the Federal Law Review and the Australian Year Book of International Law. The College also includes Legal Workshop, the National Institute of Social Sciences and Law, and a number of associated Centres and affiliated bodies.


Bachelor of Laws

Students enrolled in any of the law degrees may qualify to obtain the degree with honours. The requirements for the honours degree consists of Part A: obtaining a specified average mark in courses excluding the Honours Thesis counting for 70% and Part B: the Honours Thesis counting for 30% of the final honours examination requiring a research paper of 11,000 - 13,000 words.

Juris Doctor

The ANU Juris Doctor (JD) is a distinctive program for graduates of non-law disciplines (or non-Australian law graduates). It allows students' access to nominated postgraduate law courses, with a greater focus on research, while still equipping students with the academic qualifications for admission to practice.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. degree requires submission of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words which makes a substantial contribution to learning in the field of law. Each candidate has a supervisory panel of at least three academics.

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

This is a professional doctorate, which combines research with coursework. Approved applicants must complete four courses from the postgraduate range of subjects, except fundamental or Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) courses, followed by a thesis of 65,000 words.

Law Library

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. Examples of material in the electronic collection are Web of Knowledge, Science Direct, SciFinder Scholar, ProQuestCentral, Lexis, Westlaw, Literature Online, Chinese Academic Journals Online, the Oxford Dictionary Online and Factiva.

Law Centres

The Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL ) aims to meet the growing demand for environmental law expertise-in practice, in teaching, in research and in public policy development.

The Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA ) is a national facility for education and training, and research and policy development in intellectual property issues as they apply to agricultural biotechnology and the grains industry.

The Centre for Commercial Law 's (CCL ) functions include encouraging commercial law research and teaching in the Law Faculty, and conducting seminars and workshops for legal practitioners, government, and the business community on commercial law issues, particularly as they affect government commercial practice.

The Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) was established in 1990 and its primary focus is legal aspects of the international order and issues of public law, particularly the relationship between governments and individuals.

The Centre for Law and Economics has been established to become a Trans-Taxman centre of excellence in the application of economic analysis to law in Australia and New Zealand.

The Centre for Climate Law and Policy (CCLP) is part of the ANU College of Law. It was established with the objective of providing a focal point for law and policy research related to climate change. The CCLP also runs courses in climate law and provides consulting services.

The Australian Centre for Military Law and Justice has been created to complement the postgraduate teaching program for Defence lawyers. The Centre extends to all facets of law with a specific military law component.

The Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) is an initiative of the law faculties at the Australian National University (ANU), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Sydney (USyd). The core aim of ANJeL is to promote scholarly engagement with Japanese law, especially in Australia.

The Australian Labour Law Association's main objectives are to promote the study of labour law and social security both in Australia and internationally, and to provide a forum for discussion and debate for lawyers and others working in these fields.

The National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) promotes and initiates cross-disciplinary research and teaching in a wide range of areas of relevance to Indigenous Australians. Through this research NCIS aims to deepen Australia's understanding of Indigenous cultures and histories.


ANU College of Law
The Australian National University

Building 5, Fellows Road
Acton ACT 0200
Ph: +61 2 6125 3483
Fax: +61 2 6125 3971
Website: law.anu.edu.au

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