The ANU JD is an internationally recognised legal qualification. Completing a JD, and the requisite practical legal training (PLT), qualifies you to practise law anywhere in Australia and in some other jurisdictions.
ANU is ranked in the top 20 in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019/20).
As an ANU law student, you will learn from world-class academics and guest lecturers with real-world professional experience. Small group teaching provides postgraduate law students with increased opportunities to interact and engage with academic experts, visiting guest speakers and other students.
During your ANU law degree, you will be presented with numerous opportunities to put your legal knowledge into action and gain practical experience through a range of internships, clinical placements, student competitions and exchanges in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.
As a graduate student at Australia’s national law school, you’ll benefit from opportunities that are unique to studying law in the nation’s capital, the city where federal laws and policies are made. Our proximity to the High Court of Australia, Commonwealth courts and federal agencies offers unparalleled access to legal practitioners, members of the judiciary and government policymakers, many of whom are ANU Law alumni.
The ANU JD combines core foundational legal studies with a distinctive capstone experience incorporating practical clinical studies, internships or a research project.
During your JD, you will study a range of compulsory courses in foundational areas of law such as international law, administrative law, corporations law, criminal law, contracts, evidence and litigation. You can also tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals by selecting electives from a range of contemporary topics in law, including environment and climate law, international trade law, financial markets and takeovers, information technology law, international security law and human rights law.
Admission to practice
Completing an ANU JD and the requisite practical legal training qualifies you to practise law anywhere in Australia and in some other jurisdictions, including New Zealand, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide. The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.
When you graduate you will become part of a highly connected network of over 20,000 global law alumni that includes current Justices of the High Court, QCs, SCs, Members of Parliament, diplomats, chief executives, scholars, authors and leaders of global firms.
The ANU JD has global recognition and graduates enter traditional legal roles such as a solicitor or barrister, as well as roles in management, politics, the public service, business, commerce and technology and communications.
Expert teaching staff
Possessing particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, governance and national security, our academic experts provide national research leadership on the most important legal, regulatory and governance challenges facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world.
Many of our staff are award-winning teachers who are always accessible and work closely with students to support them through their studies.