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.
Once you’ve completed the Graduate Certificate of Law, you can apply to the ANU Master of Laws (LLM) – our globally recognised advanced law degree – and take your understanding of law to an even higher level. Please note that courses undertaken within the Graduate Certificate of Law cannot be credited towards an ANU Master of Laws (LLM).
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 scheduling of the compulsory and core elective courses in your program, see our Law course finder page, and tick the relevant box(es).
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.
After I graduate
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.
Experts who will teach the program
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.
Some of the experts who teach the Graduate Certificate of Law are:
Tim Bonyhady - one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and cultural historians, and has been advisor to Commonwealth and State inquiries into environmental law.
Prue Bindon - a Barrister Reader at Blackburn Chambers and Associate Lecturer at ANU Law.
Daniel Stewart - a consultant to Sparke Helmore Lawyers, and his research interests focus on privacy and access to information.
Christopher Ward - a recognised expert in international law, as an advocate in cases which involve the domestic and international law interface.
Moeen Cheema - teaches in the undergraduate and masters programs at ANU Law, with particular interest in law and society in South Asia, Islamic law, and legal theory.
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.
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