Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

ANU Bachelor of Laws (Honours)


Single degree: 4 years full-time, up to 10 years part-time

Flexible Double Degree: 5 years full-time, up to 11 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Entry is reserved for undergraduate applicants only. Graduate applicants are advised to apply for the Juris Doctor

Domestic applications

In response to COVID-19 study disruptions, we have changed our admissions process for Year 12 students who are applying directly to ANU for undergraduate study in 2021. Visit the Domestic applications - ANU Undergraduate page for more information.

International applications

Visit the  International applications - ANU Undergraduate page to check the admission dates.

Program description

The ANU Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is an acknowledged world-class undergraduate degree.

With Honours ‘built in’ from the start of the degree, the ANU LLBHons places an emphasis on developing versatile skills in independent research, analysis and critical thinking, providing you with a competitive edge on graduation, and a solid foundation for postgraduate study.

Through the degree, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about the role and function of law, and develop advanced understanding about how law influences and impacts almost every aspect of our world.

As an ANU LLBHons student, you’ll study a range of compulsory courses in foundational areas such as public law, criminal law, contracts, evidence and litigation, and have the opportunity to choose from a rich selection of electives across a wide variety of topics, such as international law, environmental law, and human rights.

Alongside the fundamental concepts of law and legal systems, the ANU LLBHons will encourage you to consider how the law does and doesn’t work, and what can be done to improve and enhance it.

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.

Flexible Double Degrees at ANU

You can undertake your ANU LLBHons as a single degree, or combine law with one of over 35 other disciplines as part of a Flexible Double Degree, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your specific interests, passions and career goals.

Studying a Flexible Double Degree doesn’t mean double the workload of a single degree. Instead, a double degree brings together courses from two degrees to create a single program of study, and only adds another year to the time you spend at university.

Student experience

As an ANU law student, you’ll benefit from a supportive and student-focused environment, and a teaching approach that allows you to see law in action.

Our location in Canberra puts you in close proximity to the Federal Parliament, the High Court of Australia and key government agencies such as the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Treasury.

In the later years of your degree, you’ll also have numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience by taking advantage of field trips, internships, and mooting competitions or by spending a semester overseas, studying in the USA, Europe or over 130 other locations.

Career outcomes

An ANU Law degree opens doors to career opportunities across Australia and around the world.

As a graduate, you’ll find the skills you gain through your degree – in research, analysis, argument, collaboration and communication – are in strong demand from employers, and are especially valuable for many different careers.

ANU LLBHons graduates work in law and legal practice roles – as lawyers and solicitors – in public and private sectors. While around half of ANU Law graduates choose to practise law, many others use their LLBHons degree as a foundation for careers in politics, journalism, public policy, global diplomacy, government, the arts, finance and business.

When you graduate with an ANU Law degree, you become part of join a prestigious and highly recognised global alumni network

Academic experts

With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security, 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 what might be done to improve it.

Many of our expert research staff are also award winning teachers who are are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies. We have created a supportive and nurturing environment in which you can thrive.

Admission to practice

Before you can practice law in Australia, you must complete practical legal training (PLT). PLT provides the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need as a legal professional, and allows you to be admitted as a lawyer.


View the current student contribution for the LLBHons at Programs and Courses.


Domestic applicants apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
International applicants apply online. Please choose the 'Apply' button on the LLBHons page on ANU Programs and Courses.

Cross-institutional study

If you are currently enrolled at another university and wish to complete an individual course at ANU to count towards your degree from that university, you can apply to study at ANU as a cross-institutional student.

Programs and Courses

For information on admission requirements, fees, courses, electives, suggested study patterns and more see Programs and Courses »

Updated:  24 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team