Graduate Certificate of Law


Program Description

Exploring both domestic and global contexts, the ANU Graduate Certificate of Law will equip you with an understanding of the role and function of law in a range of topical areas such as technology, human security and the environment.

This programme 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.

The Graduate Certificate of Law also provides a pathway to the Master of Laws (LLM) for graduates from non-cognate disciplines.

The Graduate of Certificate of Law offers you the flexibility to study courses from a range of contemporary topics in law, including information technology, aviation and space, environment and climate, cyber warfare, international security and human rights.

Student experience

Ranked in the top 25 Student Cities four years in a row, Canberra offers a different academic and cultural experience to universities located in other Australian capitals.

As an ANU Law student, you'll learn from leading academics, world-renowned guest lecturers and industry experts from Australia and around the world. You'll also benefit from a range of real-world learning 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 students unparalleled access to legal practitioners, members of the judiciary and government policymakers, many of whom are ANU Law alumni.

Mode of delivery

Courses are delivered in a range of modes including full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, evening or intensive, offering the ability to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of a teaching approach that combines academic rigour with practical expertise.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Undertake further Masters Level study.
  2. Enable study in specialist areas of law.
  3. Apply legal knowledge to complex legal problems.
  4. Structure and sustain legal argument in specialist areas of law.
  5. Conduct in-depth research in law.
  6. Incorporate social, policy, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis.
  7. Engage in original and critical reflection on a topic of law.
  8. Synthesise legal materials into a concise and cohesive argument that addresses a research question.
  9. Communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing.

Programme Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Law requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

  • 6 units from completion of the compulsory course:
    • LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions*
  • 18 units from completion of 8000-level courses in the subject area LAWS Law

*Students who have completed an Australian undergraduate law degree or Juris Doctor or equivalent are exempted from LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and are required to complete an additional 6 units from the course list.

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Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0
  • Or at least 10 years of work experience in an ANZSCO Skill Level 1 role

English language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programmes, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the programme. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Career outcomes

Through the Graduate Certificate of Law, you’ll acquire the skills required for success in an increasingly competitive workplace, including the ability to analyse complex problems, conduct high-level research and develop considered legal arguments.

In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 21,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

Academic experts

ANU is ranked in the top 20 in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019/20).

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.

Small group teaching provides postgraduate law students with increased opportunities to interact and engage with academic experts, visiting guest speakers and other students.

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

ANU is Australia’s national university with a global reputation in international, constitutional, public and private law. ANU is ranked 12th in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Sub ... Read More

ANU is Australia’s national university with a global reputation in international, constitutional, public and private law. ANU is ranked 12th in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject, 2018). Read less