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Master of Comparative Laws (Adelaide/Mannheim)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 1 year 3 months full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM038

CRICOS 031022D

The Adelaide Law School at The University of Adelaide and the Faculty of Law at the University of Mannheim jointly offer a Master of Comparative Law. Students spend up to one semester at Adelaide and one semester at Mannheim and undertake a dissertation at their home institution.

The program enables students to study the different systems of law throughout the world such as common law, civil law and Islamic law. It also enables Australian students to obtain a more detailed understanding of the legal framework in the European Union. It will be conducted entirely in English but some Australian students proficient in German may choose to study in that language in Germany.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM038
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with at least a credit average.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM038

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 031022D
    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 7 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    International Qualifications B.Laws with a credit average or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $34,500


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

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  • Careers

    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

    Potential careers

    Business Lawyer, Policy Adviser, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Political Adviser, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser

  • 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

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    • International Business Transactions and Insurance Law in Comparative Perspective
    • International and European Law

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Core courses 
    • LAW 7174 Advanced Comparative Law (Adelaide) - 3 unit course
    • LAW 7025 Dissertation - 6 unit course
    Plus 12 units from the following. All courses are 3 units.
    Not all courses will be offered in one calendar year and are subject to change.
    • LAW 7040: International Environmental Law (PG)
    • LAW 7059: European Union Law(PG)
    • LAW 7061: Globalisation and the Legal Regulation of Work (PG)
    • LAW 7068: International Energy Law (PG)
    • LAW 7073: Transnational Organised Crime (PG)
    • LAW 7150: European Business Law (PG)
    • LAW 7165: International Security Law (PG)
    • LAW 7195: Comparative Migration Law (PG)
    • LAW 7024: Comparative Law (PG)
    • LAW 7034: Anti-discrimination Law (PG)
    • LAW 7067: International Criminal Law (PG)
    • LAW 7122: Transnational Business and Human Rights (PG)
    • LAW 7129: International Humanitarian Law (PG)
    • LAW 7038: Law of Debtor and Creditor (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 7062: Selected Issues in Intellectual Property Law (PG)
    • LAW 7065: International Commercial Arbitration (PG)
    • LAW 7066:Private International Law (PG)
    • LAW 7068: International Energy Law (PG)
    • LAW 7070: International Trade Law (PG)
    • LAW 7076: International Economic Law (PG)
    • LAW 7098: Insurance Law (PG)
    • LAW 7099: International Trade Transactions and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7120: Human Rights (PG)
    • LAW 7123: Perspectives on Property and Society (PG)
    • LAW 7128: Advanced Contract Law (PG)
    • LAW 7150: European Business Law (PG)
    • LAW 7152: International Franchising and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7153: Personal Property Security Law (PG)
    • LAW 7062: Selected Issues in Intellectual Property Law (PG)
    • LAW 7009: Mining and Energy Law (PG)
    • LAW 7042: Technology, Law and Society (PG)
    • LAW 7063: Government, Business and Regulation (PG)
    • LAW 7064: Intellectual Property Law (PG)
    • LAW 7072: Work Relationships and the Law(PG)
    • LAW 7074: Transnational Justice (PG)
    • LAW 7096:Sport Law (PG)
    • LAW 7115: Insolvency Law (PG)
    • LAW 7151: Health, Medical and Biotechnology Law (PG)
    • LAW 7154: 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 7124: Workplace Bargaining (PG)


    Indicative study plan 
    Mannheim courses (studies in Mannheim can only occur in the second semester of any year)
    20 European Credit Transfer System points (20 ECTS = 12 units) comprised as follows
    Compulsory Module 8 ECTS

    1.Comparative Law I - European Legal Traditions  - 2 ECTS
    2.Introduction to European Business Law - 2ECTS
    3.European Union Law - Institutional Aspects - 2ECTS
    4.European Legal Thinking: Meet Savigny & his Peers - 2ECTS
    Plus 12 ECTS courses from the following:
    The Internal Market - Intensive Module
    • European Market Freedoms - 3 ECTS
    • European Competition Law - 3 ECTS
    • European Private Law - 3 ECTS
    • Cross Border Litigation & Arbitration - 3 ECTS
    European Business Law - Elective Module
    • E-Commerce & Internet  - 3 ECTS
    • European Tax Law - 3 ECTS
    • EU Fundamental Rights - 3 ECTS
    • Introduction to German Private Law - 3 ECTS
    • Adelaide Guest Lecture - 3 ECTS
    Or any other postgraduate course approved by the Program Co-ordinator

    Not all courses will be offered in one calendar year and are subject to change

    Students must complete a research thesis of not longer than 12,000 – 15,000 words:

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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018