The University of Newcastle, Australia

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Winter - 14 Jun 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.


Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Winter - 14 Jun 2021

AUD31,785 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.5

Find out more about IELTS.

Program code: 12333
CRICOS code: 079533G

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.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

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

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.