Master of Comparative Laws (Adelaide/Mannheim) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 1 year 3 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM038
CRICOS 031022D

Enrolments suspended until further notice

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

    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:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3CM038
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    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

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 031022D
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    Pearson Overall 65 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with a credit average.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $33,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500


    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 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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. 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.

    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
    • 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.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Oct 2020