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With globalization, there has been a growth in institutions negotiating, monitoring and policing international norms in the fields from international human rights, world health policies, shipping and banking standards, telecommunications systems and environmental policies and laws. Indeed, there are few, if any areas of economic, cultural, social, commercial or security activities that are not addressed by international laws and institutions. Legal practice has therefore become increasingly international with a corresponding need for legally qualified professionals with knowledge and experience in the international legal and regulatory space.

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree is a one-year course work program designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge relating to institutions, sources and principles of international law and international legal regulation. With a careful selection of core units and electives, the program aims to equip both domestic and international graduates for the international work environment.

The program is suitable for graduates of Australian law schools wishing to pursue higher study of international law. It is also well suited for graduates from the China and the Asia Pacific region where rapid economic and social developments have led to demand for international legal expertise from Governments, NGO’s and the private sector.


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent


On campus (Eveleigh NSW 2015)


Refer to key dates


  • a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree (AQF Level 8), or
  • Completion of a Graduate Certificate in Accounting or Graduate Diploma of Accounting, or
  • a Bachelor of Laws degree (AQF Level 7) with at least two years full time equivalent documented relevant professional experience in the same discipline*.
  • a Juris Doctor (AQF Level 9)
  • a Bachelor of Laws degree (AQF Level 7) and a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Law (AQF Level 8) or
  • other Australian or foreign equivalent qualifications of any of the above
  • In addition, where considered necessary, an interview conducted by the Dean of the Law School or his/her nominee will be held with the candidate to ensure that they have sufficient requisite knowledge to complete the program.

* Relevant professional experience in the same discipline including but not limited to employment in a law firm, working in the in-house legal department of a corporation or other business; government related legal work, for instance legal aid, legal policy work, pro bono work that is law related



Advanced standing of up to 50% can be granted to eligible students dependent on previous academic study. Maximum advanced standing will be granted to those students who have successfully completed previous studies at AQF Level 9 with substantially the same learning outcomes and subject content as contained in the LLM. Students who have completed relevant studies at AQF Level 8 will also be granted advanced standing provided the Level 8 award is nested within a relevant AQF Level 9 award.


Core Units

  • TL40001 International Legal Principles
  • TL40002 Principles of Common Law

Electives (choose 6 units)

  • TL40003 International Environmental Law
  • TL40004 International Trade Law
  • TL40005 Intellectual Property Law
  • TL40006 World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law
  • TL40007 International Commercial Arbitration
  • TL40008 Comparative Corporate Law
  • TL40009 European Union Law
  • TL40010 Cyber Law And E-Commerce
  • TL40011 Advanced Chinese Commercial Law
  • TL40012 Asean Economic Community (AEC) Law

To qualify for the award of Master of Laws, a student must complete an aggregate of 2 core units and 6 elective units (48 units of credit).


In the Master of Laws course students will gain a range of advanced skills in legal research, academic and professional writing, and oral communication skills. Assessment methods are designed to encourage learning, provide feedback and measure achievement of unit learning outcomes. Forms of assessment vary among units and include research assignments, case notes, hypothetical legal problem solving, oral presentations, moots and open book examinations. There may be opportunities for group work to develop generic skills.