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Master of Laws

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM069

CRICOS 051753C

In today's society, the law reaches into almost every aspect of our lives. Thus, the study of law today is more challenging and intellectually adventurous than it has ever been. Roles for law graduates are expanding significantly and rapidly.

To legal professionals, this program will provide a competitive, high quality and flexible coursework Masters for their extended development. In addition, the program will appeal to those wishing to further develop their scholarly skills in legal research and writing.

The Master of Laws provides access to a range of areas to suit both domestic and international students proceeding directly from undergraduate study, as well as experienced legal practitioners wishing to specialise. This program includes a range of elective courses suited to those with a particular interest in international and comparative commercial law.

Seminar-style teaching is employed, courses are normally taught intensively over one or two weeks with approximately 24 hours of classes. Some courses are taught during the evening or on weekends, while other courses may be taught intensively over two or more weeks.
This program is offered in intensive mode, with the following intakes per year commencing in late February and late July.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM069
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    Applicants must: a) have a completed Honours degree of Bachelor of Laws (or equivalent); OR b) have a completed Bachelor of Laws (or equivalent) plus a completed Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; OR c) have a completed Bachelor of Laws (or equivalent), plus substantial professional experience within the profession; OR d) have a completed Bachelor of Laws (or equivalent), plus substantial research experience* within the profession. Substantial professional experience is considered to be at least two years of practice as either a barrister or a solicitor. *Relevant research experience is the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the underlying principles in law at an advanced level and would include the demonstration of cognitive technical and communication skills and method associated with the discipline.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM069

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 051753C
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Applicants must:
    1. have a completed Honours degree of Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with a credit average; OR 2. have a completed Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with a credit average, plus a completed Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; OR 3. have a completed Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with a credit average, plus substantial professional experience within the profession;OR 4. have a completed Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with a credit average, plus relevant research experience * within the profession.

    Substantial professional experience is considered to be at least two years of practice as either a barrister or solicitor. * Relevant research experience is the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the underlying principles in law at an advanced level and would include the demonstration of cognitive technical and communication skills and method associated with the discipline.

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $26,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Provides advanced career options in business, management and other professional fields. 

    Note this degree does not provide admission to practice. For admission to practice please see Bachelor of Laws in related programs above.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    The program is designed to offer flexibility to suit particular interests. It consists of 24 units chosen from the list of law courses. It is also possible to include courses from other disciplines within the University, subject to approval by the Program Coordinator. Seminar-style teaching is employed, with one course usually involving 24 hours of classes. Some courses are taught during the evening or on weekends, while other courses may be taught intensively over two or more weeks.

    A candidate shall satisfactorily complete a substantial research piece of scholarship. To satisfy this requirement, candidates must complete one of two options.

    1. A candidate must satisfactorily complete two, 7,000-8,000 word research essays, chosen from any Adelaide Law Masters 3 unit courses - please note undertaking this option does not increase the unit value of the postgraduate course from 3 units. These research essays are in addition to any other course assessment requirements. Where a research essay is part of the course assessment, the word limit can be extended to 7,000-8,000 words to satisfy this requirement.
         2.         A candidate must satisfactorily complete the 6 unit Dissertation course
                     (12,000-15,000 words).

    Either of these two options can be undertaken once a minimum of 12 units towards the program has been successfully completed by the candidate.



    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    While the LLM has no official specialisations, students can choose to focus in a number of different study areas, such as the following:

    Commercial Law
    Comparative Law (International)
    Competition Law
    Criminal Law
    Human Rights Law
    Intellectual Property Law
    Industry Specific
    International Law
    Migration Law
    Military Law
    Property Law
    Technology / Internet Law
    Workplace and Regulation Law

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Course - 24 units chosen from the following 3 units courses
    • LAW 7007: Comparative Constitutional Law (PG)
    • LAW 7009: Mining and Energy Law (PG)
    • LAW 7034: Anti-Discrimination Law  (PG)
    • LAW 7038: Law of Debtor and Creditor (PG)
    • LAW 7040: International Environmental Law (PG)
    • LAW 7042: Technology, Law and Society (PG)
    • LAW 7043: Corporate Governance & Security Reg: Int & Com Persp (PG)
    • LAW 7055: Comparative Corporate Rescue Law (PG)
    • LAW 7056: Competition Law: Comparative Perspectives (PG)
    • LAW 7057: Corporate Governance (PG)
    • LAW 7059: European Union Law (PG)
    • LAW 7061: Globalisation and the Legal Regulation of Work (PG)
    • LAW 7062: Selected Issues in Intellectual Property Law (PG)
    • LAW 7063: Government Business and Regulation (PG)
    • LAW 7064: Intellectual Property Law (PG)
    • LAW 7065: International Commercial Arbitration (PG)
    • LAW 7066: Private International Law (PG)
    • LAW 7067: International Criminal Law (PG)
    • LAW 7068: International Energy Law (PG)
    • LAW 7070: International Trade Law (PG)
    • LAW 7072: Work Relationships and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7073: Transnational Organised Crime (PG)
    • LAW 7074: Transitional Justice (PG)
    • LAW 7076: International Economic Law (PG)
    • LAW 7096: Sport Law (PG) 
    • LAW 7098: Insurance Law (PG)
    • LAW 7099: International Trade Transactions and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7115: Insolvency Law (PG)
    • LAW 7120: Human Rights (PG)
    • LAW 7122: Transnational Business and Human Rights (PG)
    • LAW 7123: Perspectives on Property and Society (PG)
    • LAW 7124: Workplace Bargaining (PG)
    • LAW 7125: International Financial Regulation (PG)
    • LAW 7128: Advanced Contract Law (PG)
    • LAW 7129: International Humanitarian Law (PG)
    • LAW 7150: European Business Law (PG)
    • LAW 7151: Health, Medical and Biotechnology Law (PG)
    • LAW 7152: International Franchising and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7153: Personal Property Security Law (PG)
    • LAW 7154: Migration Law (PG)
    • LAW 7158: Corporate Law: Selected Issues (PG)
    • LAW 7159: Comparative Migration Law (PG)
    • LAW 7160: Water Resources Law (PG)
    • LAW 7161: Bioethics and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7162: Internet Law (PG)
    • LAW 7163: Competition and Consumer Law (PG)
    • LAW 7164: Criminal Law: Selected Issues (PG)
    • LAW 7165: International Security Law (PG)
    • LAW 7166: Company Merger and Acquisitions Law (PG)
    • LAW 7174: Advanced Comparative Law
    • LAW 7167: Legal Ethics
    • LAW 7168: Military Operations Law
    • LAW 7170: Public International Law
    • LAW 7171: Law of Weaponry
    • LAW 7172: Strategic Space Law
    • LAW 7173: Maritime Law and Geopolitics
    • LAW 7175: Comparative Law: Selected Issues
    • LAW 7176: International Insolvency Law
    • LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law
    • LAW 7178: Planning Law
    • LAW 7179: Special Topic B
    Research

    Students must complete either:

    • LAW 7025: Law Dissertation (PG) 6 unit course

    or

    • two 7,000 – 8,000 word research essays chosen from any postgraduate coursework Law course each to the value of 3 units. The research essays will be an addition to any other course assessment requirement. Where a research essay is part of the course assessment, the word limit will be extended to 7,000 – 8,000 words to satisfy this requirement.

    Note: Other courses may be taken subject to the approval of the Program Co-ordinator

    Not all courses will be offered in any one calendar year.
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