Graduate Certificate of Law


6 months full-time. Up to 3 years part-time.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor Degree with a minimum 4 out of 7 GPA.

Domestic applications

Visit the Domestic applications - ANU Postgraduate page to check the admission dates.

International applications

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

Program description

The Graduate Certificate of Law at ANU is the ideal postgraduate qualification if you are changing career direction or returning to employment and needing a competitive edge.

Developed for students without an undergraduate degree in law or legal studies, the six-month Graduate Certificate of Law introduces you to the fundamentals of Australian and international legal systems, providing insight to how law is created, interpreted and applied.

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

The program provides practical knowledge for a wide range of careers in public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and is especially valuable if you work in – or aspire to work in – a role that deals with law, regulation and policy.

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, the program allows you to select elective subjects from over 80 different courses, allowing you to tailor your program of study to reflect your career goals.

The Graduate Certificate of Law can be completed in six months (full-time), with part-time options available if you need to balance study with work, family or other commitments.

As with most ANU Law postgraduate programs, the ANU Graduate Certificate of Law takes advantage of ‘intensive’ teaching, which clusters lectures for each course over 3–5 days (with the remainder of course contact and support provided online), helping to significantly reduce the amount of time you need to spend on campus.

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

  • 6 units from completion of LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions
  • 18 units from completion of courses from the list of courses detailed on the program page in Programs and courses website.

To see the full range of courses available in 2019, go to the LLM/GCLAW Course Timetable.

Career outcomes

Once you’ve undertaken the Graduate Certificate of Law, you can apply for the ANU Master of Laws (LLM) – our globally recognised advanced law degree – and take your understanding of law to an even higher level by focusing on areas such as government, international, environmental and migration law.

In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 20,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

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

The Graduate Certificate of Law does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia, but will allow you to apply to the  ANU Master of Laws.

If you want to practise law in Australia you need to complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD), plus practical legal training (PLT).


The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current fees for the Graduate Certificate of Law at Programs and Courses.
For more information, visit MyUniversity and StudyAssist.
More information on ANU costs and fees, and scholarships and support is available on the central ANU website.


To apply for the Graduate Certificate of Law:

  • Domestic applicants apply via UAC
  • International applicants apply online - please go to the program page on Programs and Courses and then click the 'Apply' button in the top right corner.

* Applications for 2019 have closed.

More information

Browse our Brochures & information materials section for our program fact sheets.

Program and Courses

For information on admission requirements, fees, courses, electives, suggested study patterns and more – see the Program and Courses website »

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