Master of Comparative Laws (Adelaide/Mannheim)

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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 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.


Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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.
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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM038
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

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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

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

Degree Structure

Students must complete:

  1. A core course at Adelaide to the value of 3 units.
  2. Elective courses to the value of 21 units:
    - 9 units at Adelaide
    - 12 units* at Mannheim.
  3. 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.

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 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
  1. Comparative Law I - European Legal Traditions - 2 ECTS
  2. Introduction to European Business Law - 2 ECTS
  3. European Union Law - Institutional Aspects - 2 ECTS
  4. 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.

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

*Studies in Mannheim can only occur in the second semester of any year.


Studying abroad was an incredible experience that I would encourage all students to consider.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022