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.

There is also available a Graduate Certificate in Business Law or Graduate Diploma in Business Law which can lead into the Master of Business Law.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM185
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate 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.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM185

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $31,000


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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Career Readiness

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 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

To qualify for the degree of Master of Business Law, students must satisfactorily complete:

  1. A foundation law course which provides the background for students' study: LAW 7177 Introduction to Australian Law (3 units).
  2. Law elective courses to the value of 39 units.*
  3. 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.

Research Component

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 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
Elective courses
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
  • Pass.

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 GDLP refined my ability to assess any real situation and-in an engaging, collaborative, thoughtful and respectful manner-articulate the problem, identify the issues, outline the options and recommend a preferred solution: a critical and strategic approach that will help you achieve success in legal practice and outside of it.

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Last updated: Friday, 15 May 2020