Overview

The Master of Laws by Coursework offers a flexible and specialised opportunity for you to develop an advanced, integrated and contemporary understanding of one or more areas of legal study. Courses offered in this degree combine a level of sophistication and technical difficulty with a substantial consideration of relevant international, professional and cross-disciplinary aspects of the subject matter.In this one-year degree you will take eight elective courses from a wide range of options and undertake at least one research-based project, which will allow you the opportunity to apply your legal knowledge and skills in a practical academic context. You will learn both broad interdisciplinary insights and detailed examination of emerging legal issues, such as how technology is reshaping the legal landscape. 

Program Code

9201

UAC Code

910620

CRICOS Code

000733G

Total units of credit (UOC)

48

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

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Why choose this degree?

The UNSW Law School ranked 14th in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings and is Australia’s leading law school. The Master of Laws’ flexibility allows you to either specialise in an area of your choice or to undertake a generalised degree.

Who should choose this degree?

Graduates of other disciplines who intend to pursue a career involving law choose this degree, as well as law graduates who intend to specialise and advance their knowledge.

Majors

Students can choose from eight areas of specialisation or complete a generalist program and choose a mix of courses from any of our specialisations.

To be awarded an LLM with a specialisation, students must successfully complete at least four courses in their chosen field.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • Chinese International Business & Economic Law
  • Corporate, Commercial and Taxation Law
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
  • Human Rights Law and Policy
  • International Law
  • Media, Intellectual Property and Technology Law

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

Graduates have a broad range of career options after university. They can enter the legal profession (LLB or JD is required) or pursue careers in business, media, the arts, science, education, engineering, government and the not-for-profit sector, and many more.

Entry requirements

A candidate for the Master of Laws by Coursework shall have been previously awarded any of the following:

  1. a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  2. a Bachelor of Laws degree with a credit average, from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  3. a Juris Doctor degree, with a credit average, from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  4. a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences or Humanities, with a credit average, from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  5. a Juris Doctor degree or a Bachelor degree in Laws, Social Sciences or Humanities from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution with a minimum of two years' relevant professional experience;
  6. a Bachelor degree from UNSW Sydney, with a credit average, or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution and a minimum of two years' relevant professional experience.

For the purposes of (5) and (6), relevant professional experience could include professional experience in legal and policy issues gained as an officer in local government; consulting on legal and policy issues; an officer/manager or similar for state or federal government agency with responsibility for legal and policy issues; corporate auditing, monitoring or managing legal and policy issues; project management with a legal or policy focus; NGO or international organisation responsible for law or policy reform.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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Fees

Indicative First Year Fee

$36,000*

Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

$36,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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