Australian National University - ANU College of Law

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Study law where the law is made.“

ANU is ranked in the top 20 in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021). Balancing global outlook with local focus, we have a long-standing reputation for excellence in legal education, research and community outreach, and remain focused on our objectives to:

  • shape and influence public policy, placing an emphasis on the values of law reform and social justice;
  • use our position to help understand and address the major legal, social and political challenges of the 21st century; and
  • remain a leader in legal education and research, with the outstanding calibre of our graduates as a key measure of success.

Across undergraduatepostgraduate and research degrees, the ANU College of Law provides a unique understanding of current law and policy, with our alumni working not only as lawyers, but as agents for social change, improving public policy and enhancing global diplomacy.

With many academic staff recognised as leaders in their fields, ANU College of Law has an enviable research profile, holding particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law and environmental law. We have a continued commitment to increasing the representation of women and Indigenous Australians in law and legal practice.

Our capital city location links us with the nation’s key law-making and legislative bodies. We work with government departments, research agencies, NFPs/NGOs, other universities and the wider legal community to support and enhance legal education, research and policy in Australia and around the world.


  • Allgemeines Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Arbeitsrecht
  • Bank- und Finanzrecht
  • Beihilfenrecht
  • Compliance
  • Datenschutzrecht
  • Energierecht
  • Erb- und Familienrecht
  • Europarecht
  • Gesellschaftsrecht/Corporate und M&A
  • Gesundheitsrecht
  • Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Geistiges Eigentum (IP)
  • Handelsrecht
  • Internationales Recht
  • Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Kartellrecht und Außenhandel
  • Legal Tech
  • Litigation und Arbitration
  • Luftrecht
  • Marken- und Wettbewerbsrecht
  • Nachfolge / Vermögen / Stiftungen
  • Öffentliches Recht
  • Politik
  • Privatisierungsrecht
  • Rechtsvergleichung
  • Regulierungsrecht
  • Steuerrecht
  • Tierschutzrecht
  • Umweltrecht
  • Urheber- und Medienrecht
  • Verfassungsrecht
  • Vertragsrecht
  • Verwaltungsrecht
  • Wirtschaft & Business


  • Teilzeit
  • Vollzeit


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Administrative staff

Number of professors

Full time


Staff-student ratio


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Notable alumni

With over 23,000 ANU Law graduates across Australia and around the world, our alumni can be found working not only as lawyers, but agents for social change, public policy and global diplomacy. Studying law at ANU admits you to this respected alumni network, extending your global connections and improving your career trajectory.

Some of our esteemed alumni include:

Trailblazers in their fields

You'll be amazed at the doors a law degree from ANU can open. 


One of the world’s best law schools

ANU Law continues to perform strongly in global university rankings. In 2021, ANU College of Law is ranked 17th in the world and 4th in Australia for law by the QS World University Rankings.

Guided by our strong and long-established research culture, we make a significant contribution to the University’s top rating of 5 in Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) in the Law and Legal Studies category, placing us among a select group of Australian universities to achieve this.

One of the world’s best universities

In addition to ongoing success in discipline-specific rankings, the ANU is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, including leading institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and the Ivy League universities in the United States.

While the methodology varies across respective publishers, rankings are generally based on a combination of factors such as academic reputation, graduate outcomes, employer reputation, student-to-staff ratio, research output and internationalisation.

Currently, the ANU is ranked:

Our history

The ANU College of Law is Australia’s national law school. Since 1960, tens of thousands of students, alumni, staff and academics have experienced the passion and dedication to legal studies that makes ANU Law one of the top law schools in the world. In 2020, we celebrated their contribution as part of our 60th anniversary.

Take a journey through time and discover our proud reputation as Australia's national law school here.


Program types

Full time

Part time

Distance Learning

Postgraduate and Higher Degree Study programs

Master degrees

Designed to expand knowledge and develop expertise across a range of key areas of law, the Master of Laws offers a globally recognised advanced law degree.

The Master of Financial Management and Law is a two-year interdisciplinary postgraduate degree highly suited to those working or seeking to work in financial and advisory firms, policy and regulatory bodies, and the legal profession.

The Master of International Law and Diplomacy is a two-year interdisciplinary postgraduate degree highly suited to those working or seeking to work in the fields of law, humanitarian aid, economic development, human rights advocacy and diplomacy.


Graduate certificates

The Graduate Certificate of Law is ideal for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline and wish to develop their knowledge of Australian and international legal systems and how laws are created, interpreted and applied. 

From automation and artificial intelligence to cryptocurrency and climate change, the courses covered in this graduate certificate will prepare you to tackle emerging challenges and drive innovation in the constantly evolving world of law and technology. 



The ANU Juris Doctor (JD) is an internationally recognised program designed for graduates of non-law disciplines, and provides the qualification required for admission as a lawyer in Australia and some other jurisdictions.


Higher Degree Research

Allowing you to gain a research degree in 12 to 24 months, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) requires the completion of a thesis that makes an original and important contribution to human knowledge, research and development.

Offered to students seeking an opportunity to engage in high quality, independent research, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires submission of a thesis that makes a substantial contribution to learning in the field of law.

Kosten und Finanzierung

Postgraduate tuition fees

Annual indicative fee in AUD for international students. 

Juris Doctor

Master of International Law and Diplomacy

Master of Laws

Master of Financial Management and Law

Graduate Certificate of Law

Grants and Scholarships

The University offers a variety of scholarships to support law students at different stages throughout their academic career.


International student scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to ANU students to help with the cost of your studies. Donors and benefactors, external organisations and the Australian Government fund many of the scholarships we offer.


How to apply

  • Submit your application through our online application portal.
  • You can only apply for a single program, so check our programs and courses catalogue to choose the best degree for you.
  • To be considered you for an offer, you must meet the prerequisite and cognate requirements for your preferred program, as well as the English language requirements.
  • Your application will be ranked against other candidates applying for the same program. Learn more about the ANU assessment process.

Application deadlines

  • You can apply at any time throughout the year.
  • Most applications submitted before the 15th day of each month will be considered for an offer on the 1st day of the following month.
  • You can change your degree preference between the 9th and 15th day of each month with the exception of December, when you will need to change it between the 15th and 22nd day.
  • You will have two months to accept your offer from ANU.

Admission Requirement

LLB or equivalent first basic law degree

English language requirements

All applicants, whether domestic or international, must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission.

The University policy English language requirements for admission outlines approved methods for meeting the English requirements.


Student profiles

Read first-hand accounts from current undergraduate and postgraduate students to find out more about studying law at ANU.