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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Winter (13 Jun 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Winter (13 Jun 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 7.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.5 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 079533G
Program Code12333

Study Law

The Master of Laws program (LLM) is designed to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of a specialist area of law. All courses offered within the LLM program are developed for advanced study, contain a significant research component and focus on critical thinking and critical analysis of complex legal issues.

Why study with us?

  • Be taught by experts in the field - learn from leading academics in the fields of Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Employment and Labour Relations Law and International Law.
  • Flexible study options - at the University of Newcastle, you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.
  • Choose what you learn - study eight individual courses or choose a specialty, focusing on developing skills and knowledge that will provide the best outcomes according to your particular needs.
  • Study at NUspace - NUspace, located in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Study overseas - broaden your cross-cultural legal knowledge through international study experiences and international legal externships.
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What you will study

Students are required to complete eight courses (80 units) which they can choose from our list of cutting-edge courses, including:

  • Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Equal Opportunity Law
  • International Environment Law and Policy
  • International Arbitration
  • Legal Innovation and Design
  • Negotiation in a Legal Context

You can choose to specialise in any one of the following five specialist areas:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Law in Practice

To obtain a specialisation, students must complete four courses (40 units) from one of the specialist areas and an additional four courses (40 units) either from their specialisation stream or other directed courses.

Students who have obtained their undergraduate law degree outside Australia must complete LAWS6047 Legal System of Australia as a core course. Students who have completed their overseas degree in a sufficiently comparable common law system or have completed a substantial number of common law courses as part of their overseas degree may apply for a waiver of this requirement, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Program Convenor.

Additional study information

Various forms of dispute resolution are used to assist people to resolve differences, make decisions and settle disputes. The directed courses in the Dispute Resolution stream offer students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills which can be used in a range of conflict settings.

Study with the most distinguished and experienced Dispute Resolution academics in Australia.

Law in Practice is tailored to practitioners who have completed their law degree in a common law country other than Australia. Once they have had their qualifications assessed by the New South Wales’ Legal Profession Admission Board (LBAP) or equivalent body in another Australian state, students will be able to complete many of the courses required by the LBAP while also obtaining their LLM.

Practitioners who undertake a course in the LLM program that is relevant to their professional development and practice may be eligible to earn Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD) through their study.

Undertaking your CPD through the LLM program gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills as a legal practitioner and improve the level of legal counsel you provide to your clients. It can also help you maintain a competitive edge in your area of practice and may assist those looking to move to a different area of practice.

Practitioners are advised to check with the CPD governing body in their jurisdiction for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


Career opportunities

Upon completion of the LLM you will be able to use your specialised knowledge to advance your career and work in various areas including;

  • Legal practice or advice
  • In-house Counsel
  • Public policy
  • Government sector
  • Non-government sector
  • Private sector, e.g. finance and business

Practical Experience

International Study Experience or Legal Externship

Eligible students will have the opportunity to broaden their cross-cultural legal knowledge through participation in organised out-of-country activity, including international study experiences and international legal externships.

For further information regarding the Newcastle International Study Experience and the Newcastle International Clinical Legal Externship please contact the Program Convenor.

How to apply

Applying for Master of Laws (LLM)

I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
Newcastle City

Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Entry into the Master of Law Program will be available to applications who have completed one of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree;
  • Graduate Certificate in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of a 3 year Bachelor of Laws degree;
  • Graduate Diploma in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of a 3 year Bachelor of Laws degree;
  • Combined Law degree with a duration of 5 years where 3 years of study was undertaken primarily in law;
  • Bachelor of Laws degree with a duration of 4 years where 3 years of study was undertaken primarily in law;
  • Bachelor of Laws graduate entry with a duration of 3 years undertaken primarily in law;
  • Bachelor of Laws with a duration 3 years undertaken primarily in law and have completed a minimum of two years relevant work experience in a legal environment. Applications will be assessed by the Program Convenor through the consideration of a statement outlining the relevant work experience. Transcripts and detailed CVs must be provided to the University;
  • An equivalent Bachelor degree or Bachelor (Honours) degree with a minimum 3 years of study undertaken primarily in Law. Applications will be assessed by the Program Convenor to determine eligibility; or
  • Completed study to the satisfaction of an “admission of Law Body” (similar to LPAB*) that has qualified the student for admission to practice law in a common law jurisdiction.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 6.5.

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