Master of Business Law
A competitive edge in business
Want to bolster your business skills with legal expertise?
The ability to understand, analyse and use legal information can be critical for strength and longevity in the business realm. Postgraduate law courses provide an overview of legal issues within a contemporary business context.
What will you do?
Our Master of Business Law caters to the needs of busy professionals. The majority of courses are taught intensively over one or two weeks and some include evening and weekend sessions. Intakes occur in late February and late July. You will:
- learn about different laws affecting your business sector
- build legal communication skills
- undertake a substantial research project
- learn best practices for dealing with legal and regulatory challenges
- broaden your networks through the University’s Lex Salus, Next Steps and Law Students' Society events.
Note: Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree and entry is competitive. Selection is based on academic merit and usually requires a credit average or better.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 3CM185 Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent in a field other than law, with at least a credit average; or a completed Graduate Diploma in Business Law or Graduate Certificate in Business Law.SATAC Code: 3CM185
CRICOS 081156J Intake February and/or July (subject to availability)
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 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced 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 RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent in a field other than Law. Applicants with a Bachelor of Laws or equivalent are not eligible for entry.
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $29,500
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $40,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced career options in business, management and many other professional fields.
Note: this degree does not provide admission to practise law. Those seeking admission to practise should refer to the Bachelor of Laws in Degree Finder.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Manager / Business Management, Auditor, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Management, Business Manager, Commercial and Operation Analyst, Commercialisation Manager, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Taxation Officer, International Trade or Business Analyst, Jury Consultant
To qualify for the degree of Master of Business Law, students must satisfactorily complete:
- A foundation law course which provides the background for students' study: LAW 7177 Introduction to Australian Law (3 units).
- Law elective courses to the value of 39 units.*
- Research equivalent courses to the value of 6 units, in the form of a research dissertation or two research essays.
*It is possible to include courses from other disciplines within the University, subject to approval by the Program Coordinator.
To satisfy this requirement, candidates must complete one of two options.
- 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.
- A candidate must satisfactorily complete the 6 unit Dissertation course (12,000-15,000 words).
Either of these two options will be undertaken once a minimum of 12 units towards the program have been successfully completed by the candidate.
Please note: undertaking this option does not increase the unit value of the postgraduate course from 3 units.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Core course
- LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law
- LAW 7034: Anti-discrimination Law - Practice and Theory (PG)
- LAW 7057: Corporate Governance (PG)
- LAW 7061: Globalisation and the Legal Regulation of Work (PG)
- LAW 7070: International Trade Law (PG)
- LAW 7115: Insolvency Law (PG)
- LAW 7123: Perspectives on Property and Society
- LAW 7155: Introduction to Arbitration
- LAW 7156: Advanced Arbitration
- LAW 7164: Criminal Law - Selected Issues
- LAW 7170: Public International Law
- LAW 7174: Advanced Comparative Law
- LAW 7178: Planning Law
- LAW 7179: Special Topic B
- LAW 7180: Relational Corporate Governance
- LAW 7182: Personal Bankruptcy Law and Practice (PG)
Research Students must complete either:
- LAW 7025: Law Dissertation (PG) 6 unit course
- 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.
Not all courses will be offered in any one calendar year.
Note: other courses may be taken subject to the approval of the Program Co-ordinator.
There shall be four classifications of pass in any course for the Masters degree:
- Pass with High Distinction
- Pass with Distinction
- Pass with Credit
A candidate who has failed a course twice may not re-enrol in that course except by special permission of the Faculty; and then only under such conditions as may be prescribed.
The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.
Last updated: Friday, 15 May 2020