Master of Comparative Laws (Adelaide/Mannheim)
Discover the law at all levels
Comparative law explores the different legal systems that endure across the globe. It’s about examining these diverse families in order to understand, improve and sometimes reconcile their differences.
This innovative degree is offered jointly by the Adelaide Law School and the University of Mannheim’s Faculty of Law in Germany.
What will you do?
Our Master of Comparative Laws is conducted entirely in English. However, if you’re proficient in German you may choose to study in that language at Mannheim. You will:
- spend up to one semester in Adelaide and one at Mannheim
- study the different systems of law throughout the world—from common and civil to Islamic law
- understand the European Union's legal framework in detail
- undertake a dissertation at your ‘home’ institution.
Where could it take you?
You might draft new legal bills in local government. You could be an international trade policy adviser. Perhaps you’ll use your advanced understanding of the law to balance the scales of justice against corporate criminals.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 3CM038 Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with at least a credit average.SATAC Code: 3CM038
CRICOS 031022D Intake February and July
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
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with a credit average.
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $31,000
Annual tuition fees International student place: $42,500
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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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
Business Lawyer, Policy Adviser, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Political Adviser, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser
Students must complete:
- A core course at Adelaide to the value of 3 units.
- Elective courses to the value of 21 units:
- 9 units at Adelaide
- 12 units* at Mannheim.
- Research equivalent courses to the value of 6 units in the form of a research dissertation.
*Equates to 20 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points.
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.
Areas of Specialisation
- International Business Transactions and Insurance Law in Comparative Perspective
- International and European Law
Example Study Plan
Indicative Study Plan
Core courses 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 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 (PG)
- LAW 7155: Introduction to Arbitration
- LAW 7156: Advanced Arbitration
- LAW 7164: Criminal Law: Selected Issues (PG)
- LAW 7170: Public International Law
- LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law (PG)
- LAW 7178: Planning Law
- LAW 7179: Special Topic B
- LAW 7180: Relational Corporate Governance
- LAW 7182: Personal Bankruptcy Law and Practice (PG)
Indicative Study Plan - Mannheim Courses*
20 European Credit Transfer System points (20 ECTS = 12 units) comprised as follows Compulsory module - 8 ECTS
- Comparative Law I - European Legal Traditions - 2 ECTS
- Introduction to European Business Law - 2 ECTS
- European Union Law - Institutional Aspects - 2 ECTS
- European Legal Thinking: Meet Savigny and His Peers - 2 ECTS
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 and Arbitration - 3 ECTS
European Business Law - Elective Module
- E-Commerce and 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. Research
Students must complete a research thesis of not longer than 12,000 – 15,000 words:
- LAW 7025: Dissertation (6 units)
*Studies in Mannheim can only occur in the second semester of any year.
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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019