Master of Laws (LLM) | Law

Master of Laws (LLM)

Program code: 
9201
UAC code: 
910620
Units of credit: 
48 UOC
No. of courses: 
8 courses
Duration: 
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Semester start: 
Term 1 & Term 3 2019
Additional entry requirements: 
Please note entry requirements for 9201 below
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Program overview

UNSW Master of Laws is a flexible, world-class postgraduate program that offers graduates the opportunity to develop an advanced and contemporary understanding of one or more areas of legal study, to ultimately acquire further expertise and enhance career prospects. 

The UNSW Master of Laws is open to law and non-law graduates. A key feature of the UNSW study experience is the opportunity to engage, network and learn from fellow students and teachers – a more diverse student cohort benefits our students with interdisciplinary perspectives in their fields. The Master of Laws does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia but is designed to expand knowledge and develop expertise across eight cutting-edge and in demand areas of specialisation.

Students will be able to choose from eight specialisation areas that reflect UNSW Law’s expertise and the latest in legal scholarship. The program has been carefully crafted in consultation with the legal profession in Australia and internationally, and a wide range of industry and academic experts.

2019 LLM specialisation areas:  

Program structure

To incorporate a specialisation you will be required to obtain at least 24 UOC of the 48 UOC required for the award of the degree from the courses allocated to that major sequence. 
 
Alternatively, students can do a generalist program and choose courses from any or all of our specialisation areas. You will also have the option to enrol in up to two courses from other UNSW faculties. 
 

Course load and program flexibility

  • The new LLM is a one-year, eight-course program (FT) 
  • Students looking for increased flexibility have the option to take the LLM part-time 
  • Classes will be offered in a variety of formats, including weekly classes and intensive classes. This enables students to study the LLM in a way that suits them and can fit in with full-time employment 
  • Entry is in Term 1 and Term 3  

Click here to view the course offering for 2019. 

Entry requirements

The UNSW Master of Laws (LLM) is open to applicants with or without a law degree. However, students applying to the program with a non-law degree, or with a law degree from a non-common law country, will need to incorporate compulsory core courses into their program. All applicants must meet UNSW Law’s English language requirements.  
 

Minimum Entry Requirements

Degree Structure

LLB or JD from a common law country with a credit average. Applicants without a credit average will be considered if they can demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant professional experience*

8 elective courses (48 UOC)

LLB or JD from a non-common law country with a credit average. Applicants without a credit average will be considered if they can demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant professional experience*

8 courses (48 UOC), including one compulsory course: Global Common Law Systems

Degree in a related non-law discipline (e.g. Social Sciences or Humanities) with a credit average. Applicants without a credit average will be considered if they can demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant professional experience*

8 courses (48 UOC) including two compulsory courses: Legal Concepts, Research & Writing and Global Common Law Systems

Degree in an unrelated non-law program (e.g. Science or Engineering) with a credit average and two years relevant professional experience*

8 courses (48 UOC) including two compulsory courses: Legal Concepts, Research & Writing and Global Common Law Systems

*Includes professional experience with legal and/or policy issues. For example, you may have engaged with the law via policy-making, handling contracts or engaging with the justice system as a social worker or criminologist. 

How to apply for 2019

To commence:Early bird and on-time applications due:
Term 1, 2019

Domestic applicants: uac.edu.au/postgraduate early bird applications close 31 October 2018.

International applicants: apply.unsw.edu.au by 30 November 2018

Term 3, 2019

Domestic applicants: uac.edu.au/postgraduate early bird applications close 31 May 2019.

International applicants: apply.unsw.edu.au by 31 July 2019

 
 
Note: Students who commenced their studies in one of our 2018 programs can apply to transfer to our reinvented LLM in 2019. For students who commenced in Semester 2, 2018 if you wish to switch to the LLM in 2019, full credit will be granted for laws courses completed in Semester 2, 2018.

Contact us:

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If you have applied directly to UNSW via applyonline.unsw.edu.au, and have a question about your pending application, please submit your enquiry here.