Programme description

Advance your career with a Master of Laws (LLM) from one of the world’s leading law schools.

ANU is Australia's top-ranked university and ANU Law School is ranked 12th in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

The ANU LLM is an advanced postgraduate qualification that is designed to equip practising lawyers, aspiring professionals and recent graduates with specialist legal knowledge and skills.

Open to both law and non-law graduates, this postgraduate programme is ideal for those looking to deepen their knowledge in a specific area of law, those who are planning to enter a new area of practice or those for whom a knowledge of law would be beneficial in their career, including public policy professionals, regulators and managers.

Our teaching approach combines academic rigour with practical expertise, while small class sizes provide increased opportunities for postgraduate students to interact and engage with academic staff, visiting guest speakers and other students.

As a postgraduate 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.

Degree structure

The flexible curriculum of ANU Law School’s LLM allows you to tailor your studies to suit your personal interests and career aspirations. You can build your own programme by selecting from a range of contemporary topics in law, including international security, aviation and space, environment and climate, cyber warfare and human rights. Or you can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • International Law
  • Public Law
  • Private & Commercial Law


LLM students can build their own programme by selecting courses from a wide range of topics or choose from one of the following specialisations:

> International law

International law regulates the relations between States and other actors at the international level and can affect society in a variety of ways, both internationally and domestically. It helps us to explain and analyse interactions in the international community and their impact on national societies.

This specialisation will give you the practical skills and expertise you need to navigate the international legal system, as well as the flexibility to focus on areas of particular interest through a wide array of elective courses.

> Private and commercial law

Stand out from the crowd with a specialisation in Private and Commercial Law. Gain specialist legal knowledge of the increasingly complex global environment in which individuals and corporations operate. This specialisation allows you to focus your studies on specific areas of Private & Commercial Law ranging from intellectual property to corporate social responsibility.

> Public law

Deepen your knowledge of both the process and product of government regulation and the underlying legal structures upon which government is built, with a specialisation in Public Law.

This specialisation combines comparative and multi-disciplinary perspectives in examining the design, implementation and effectiveness of regulation in Australia. You will develop an expert understanding of the modern regulatory state and the laws that govern its operation so that you can inform better public policy and practice.


Selection is made on the basis of academic merit with scholarships offered to prospective ANU LLM international students with the highest GPAs.

Name of scholarship Amount (AUD) Eligibility

ANU College of Law International Excellence Scholarship

once-off payment

The award is available each semester to a prospective ANU student who:

  • is an international student;

  • is a citizen of one of the following countries: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam;

  • has made an application for admission to the Master of Laws (LLM) program at the ANU College of Law; and

  • has an excellent academic record as defined by a minimum GPA of 5.5 out of 7 or above.

ANU College of Law International Merit Scholarship

once-off payment

The award is available each semester to a prospective ANU student who:

  • is an international student;

  • has made an application for admission to the Master of Laws (LLM) program at the ANU College of Law; and

  • has an excellent academic record as defined by a minimum GPA of 5.0 out of 7 or above.

Career outcomes

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.

LLM graduates advance or choose careers in a diverse range of areas including legal practice or advice, finance, business politics, international business, journalism, public policy, government and diplomacy.

Expert teaching staff

With particular expertise in international, constitutional, public and private law, our academic staff are frequently called on by parliamentary committees, peak bodies, professional associations and the media for analysis, advice and guidance on the law and policy.

Many of our staff are award-winning teachers who are always accessible and work closely with students to support them through their studies.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 15, 2019
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1 - 5 years
43,680 AUD
Annual indicative fee for international students in 2019 ($AUD). Domestic tuition fees apply for Australian permanent residents, New Zealand citizens and dual citizenship holders of either Australia or New Zealand.
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