International students | Law

International students

UNSW is one of Australia's leading international universities, attracting outstanding scholars and students from around the world. Ranked in the top 20 law schools globally, UNSW Law attracts students from over 130 different countries. Our international students have featured as an essential part of university life for over 40 years.

UNSW Law is in the very top tier of Australian Law Schools. Our purpose-built law building provides world-class facilities for our law students and is specifically designed to promote interaction between staff and students.

The Law School is internationally acknowledged as a leader in tertiary legal education in Australia. Our prominence as an educational institution is attributable to our commitment to high quality support for students and our excellence in research and teaching. The School's reputation is built on its outstanding teaching staff, adjunct faculty, professional practitioners and international visitors.


The Law School offers degrees for international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Undergraduate Law Programs

For students without a previous degree, we offer 25 dual degree programs, where students study a law degree in combination with a second degree. These combined programs range between five and seven years (full-time) in duration.

UNSW JD (Juris Doctor) program

For prospective students with a previous degree, we offer the UNSW JD, a three-year full-time degree.

Postgraduate Law Programs

Postgraduate students can select from a number of degrees.

In 2018, Postgraduate coursework programs include a Master of Laws (LLM); Master of International Law and International Relations (MILIR); Master of Human Rights Law and Policy (MHRLP);  Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR); Master of Environmental Law & Policy (MELP); Master of Business Law (MBL); Master of Law, Media and Journalism; and a Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology (MCJC).

Research programs include a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Master of Laws by Research (LLM).

Our postgraduate programs are now open for 2018 entry, and Semester 1 applications close at the end of November 2017 so apply now!

Please note that our postgraduate programs are getting a makeover for 2019 entry onwards. We anticipate more details on our revamped postgraduate law offerings in 2019 to be available online by the end of 2017.

Postgraduate programs

Step by Step Guide on How to Apply

Please visit UNSW International website for a step by step guide on how to apply for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Resources for International Students

Support for International Students - Compulsory Health Cover, Temporary & Permanent Accommodation, Working in Australia, Student Visas, Spouse and Dependents.

The University Foundation Year

The UNSW Foundation Year is a complete academic program designed to prepare students with an international educational background for undergraduate studies in Australia.

Graduate Research School

For international students thinking of doing a higher research degree, please visit the Graduate Research School for further information.


The Scholarships and Financial Support Office has information on scholarships and assistance for international students.

Academic Support

UNSW Law offers a specialised elective for international students from non-Common Law countries. Legal Writing in Context will give you the core skills needed for studying and practising law in Australia. The Peer Tutor Program is also available to all law students who like extra help mastering skills such as case-reading and statutory interpretation.

International Student Support Advisors
Our International Student Support Advisors are academic members of staff who provide support to international students. They are your first port of call for academic issues or concerns you might have as an International student studying Law. The Advisors also convene workshops throughout the year on a range of topics such as preparing for class, class participation and preparing for your assessments. The International Student Support Advisors for 2018 are Dr Melissa Crouch ( and Associate Professor Charlie Weng (