Master of Laws

Apply advanced legal knowledge and specialist skills to practical solutions that address the world’s most complex legal problems.


From automation and artificial intelligence to cryptocurrency and climate change, it’s a bold new era for our courts and legislatures. Successfully tackling these challenges requires adaptive legal minds equipped with skills to drive change, lead innovation and shape reform.

Combining academic rigour with real-world learning, the Master of Laws (LLM) is designed to equip practising lawyers, aspiring policy professionals and recent graduates with specialist legal knowledge and skills. You will gain hands-on experience undertaking independent research, learning how to evaluate different legal and policy approaches and develop practical solutions to address complex legal challenges.

Through case-based teaching, you will explore the legal, social and policy implications of real-world issues including cyber warfare, climate change, corruption, artificial intelligence, human rights breaches and the #MeToo movement.


Quick facts

  • 1 year full time or part time equivalent
  • In-person and online course options
  • Study full or part time
  • February, July intakes
  • Prior learning recognised
  • Domestic applications open 1 September 2021


You can tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals by choosing from one of the following specialisations:

  • Human security law
  • International law
  • New technologies law
  • Private and commercial law
  • Public law

Alternatively, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals by selecting courses from a range of contemporary topics in law.

What you’ll learn

As a graduate of the Master of Laws, you will know how to:

  • identify and evaluate different legal and policy approaches to tackling some of the world's pressing problems;
  • undertake independent research and contribute to debate on legal, policy and theoretical issues within specified areas of law;
  • incorporate social, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into the legal analysis of complex problems;
  • critically analyse and interpret recent developments in case law, legislation, policy and research within specialist areas of law; and
  • structure, sustain and evaluate legal arguments in both general and specialist areas.

Having immersed yourself in recent developments in case law, legislation, policy and legal research, you will graduate with the advanced legal knowledge and critical thinking skills essential to meet the demands of a rapidly changing profession.


Open to both law and non-law graduates, this program is designed for those seeking to deepen their knowledge within a specialised area of law, those planning to enter a new area of practice or those for whom a knowledge of law would be beneficial in their career.

Graduates of this program make meaningful contributions in Australia and around the world working as:

  • Associates
  • Barristers
  • Solicitor in private practices
  • Government lawyers
  • In-house counsels
  • Public policy professionals
  • Management consultants
  • Judges

Why study Law at ANU?

Our proximity to Parliament, the High Court of Australia and other national institutions will provide you with a range of opportunities to experience law in action. Interactive, small group classes will enable you to connect and collaborate with internationally renowned legal scholars, industry experts, visiting judges and your peers.

  • Backed by reputation - ANU is ranked 17th in the world for the study of law (QS University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • Find your niche - Choose from one of five specialisations to pursue your passion and refine the skills you need to advance your career.
  • Study in a way that suits you – Courses are delivered in a range of modes including part-time, online, evening or intensive, allowing you to balance your studies with professional and personal commitments.
  • Learn from the best – Learn from leading scholars who provide national research leadership on the most important legal, regulatory and governance challenges facing our world
  • Be at the forefront – Study law at Australia’s only national law school and benefit from learning opportunities unique to studying law in the nation’s capital, where laws are debated and created.
  • Enhance your employability – Expand your professional networks and develop job-ready skills through a range of legal research projects, internships and mentoring opportunities.

Student testimonials

“I have always been interested in international affairs and international law was my favourite subject in my undergraduate degree. Studying at ANU gave me the opportunity to explore new areas of law including refugee law, the law of international organisations and the law of armed conflict.”

Sally O'Donnell
Master of Laws

“I was particularly drawn to the idea of having the flexibility to undertake my studies when and how I wanted to at ANU Law. I required this flexibility as I was working full-time and had other commitments. It also meant that when I was studying, I was able to focus and concentrate on one subject at a time, or in some cases two, enabling me to thoroughly learn and explore the subject.”

Ayeshi Wellalage
Master of Laws

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