The Master of Legal Practice is designed for LLB, LLB(Hons) and JD graduates who wish to be admitted to legal practice and to undertake further graduate study in law and/or to advance their career in professional practice.

    Students have the option of exiting with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice after the initial 48 units, or continuing study to complete the Masters. Once students have completed the initial 48 units of LEGW coded courses, they will be able to apply for direct admission as a legal practitioner in most Australian jurisdictions, or reciprocal admission in the others.

    The program offers a variety of courses focussing on developing depth and sophistication in areas of legal practice and/or other sub-disciplines. The program brings together academics and experienced practitioners to offer students a synthesis of the academic and the practical towards an aim of practice informed by evidence and theory.


    Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

    The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge of law and legal practice, applicable research principles and methods in a range of contexts to generate complex ideas and reflect critically on the theory and practice of law.
    2. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of recent developments in legal practice.
    3. Apply professional knowledge, skills and ethical responsibilities to review, analyse and synthesise knowledge and information to advise and represent clients and other stakeholders.
    4. Demonstrate specialised technical skills to generate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level and apply critical thinking, creativity and initiative to justify conclusions and solutions.
    5. Investigate, critically reflect on and communicate information to inform diverse audiences of complex theoretical and practical ideas, concepts, strategies, courses of action and solutions in legal practice contexts.
    6. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy and accountability in legal practice through professional and ethical behaviour.
    7. Evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments in legal practice, or apply established theories in different fields, to contribute to scholarship and professional legal practice.
    8. Design, theorise, plan, execute and evaluate a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship relating to legal practice.



    Australian Bachelor LLB, LLB (Hons) or Juris Doctor or International qualification assessed as equivalent by an Australian Legal Practitioner Admission Board. The Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program.

    Students who have completed all compulsory courses and have a maximum of 12 units (2 courses) to complete in their LLB, LLB(Hons) or JD degree and who plan to apply for concurrent enrolment to complete their remaining electives at the same time as commencing the first courses of the MLP, must first obtain permission to do so from the legal practitioners admission board in the jurisdiction in which they will be seeking admission.

    • TOEFL: Paper-based score: 570 (min. 4.5 in TWE). Internet-based score: 80 (min. 20 reading and writing, 18 in speaking and listening
    • IELTS Academic:  6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
    • PTE Academic: 64 overall (min. 55 in each of the communicative skills)
    • Cambridge CAE: 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest)



    The Australian National University

    Acton Campus,


    Australian Capital Territory,

    2601, CANBERRA, Australia

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