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.
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Higher Education Study||A completed Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with at least a credit average.|
|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||
|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 of Laws or equivalent with a credit average.|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $46,000|
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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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Business Lawyer, Policy Adviser, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Political Adviser, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Jury Consultant
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
|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.
|20 European Credit Transfer System points (20 ECTS = 12 units) comprised as follows|
|Compulsory module - 8 ECTS|
|Plus 12 ECTS courses from the following:|
|The Internal Market - Intensive Module|
|European Business Law - Elective Module|
|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.
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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021