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Master of Laws

Course code: 0068 ~ Course abbreviation: LLM ~ Total credit points required: 48~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On campus (Melbourne city)

Course description

The Master of Laws (LLM) program at Monash has been developed to offer maximum flexibility and choice for law graduates, with a broad range of subjects that enables students to individually tailor the masters degree to suit their interests and professional needs.

Course objectives

The Master of Laws aims to provide further education to lawyers to assist them to update their skills, specialise in specific areas of the law and undertake research. It may also contribute to continuing legal education and professional development. The course, in terms of course structure, teaching methods, class times and venues, is designed with the interests of part-time students particularly in mind.

Course structure

The Master of Laws requires the completion of 48 points. Candidates with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction will be required to complete the unit LAW7212 (Australian legal system).

Course requirements

This course may be taken in one of three ways:

(a) eight coursework units. This will enable students to develop and demonstrate advanced skills in research, analysis and the written and oral communication of complex ideas, knowledge of the law and the theoretical and policy framework within which law operates.

(b) four coursework units and a minor thesis of 25-30,000 words on an approved topic

(c) six coursework units and a minor thesis of 12-15,000 words on an approved topic.

Postgraduate unit offerings

The faculty endeavours to offer a broad range of graduate units each year selected from the list below. The following units have been approved for the purpose of the coursework component in the postgraduate programs.

Units are offered on a rotational basis. Students should check the current timetable to determine which units are available each year. The faculty reserves the right not to offer in a particular year any of the listed units if it appears there are insufficient enrolments or if there are other over-riding considerations. Enrolment quotas may have to be imposed in respect of the listed units.

  • LAW7001 Practical perspectives on private international law
  • LAW7003 Business finance: law and practice
  • LAW7004 Commercial equity
  • LAW7007 Comparative family law 700
  • LAW7009 Commercial leases
  • LAW7010 Contemporary legal thought
  • LAW7011 Copyright
  • LAW7013 Current issues in civil procedure
  • LAW7014 Secured finance and related transactions
  • LAW7015 Current problems in taxation
  • LAW7018 Economic Torts
  • LAW7019 European union law and policy
  • LAW7021 Family property
  • LAW7022 Forensic family law
  • LAW7025 International trade finance: law and practice
  • LAW7026 Overview of international human rights law
  • LAW7027 International taxation
  • LAW7028 International trade law
  • LAW7031 Corporate insolvency
  • LAW7033 International law of the sea 1: resources and management
  • LAW7037 Occupational health and safety
  • LAW7040 Current issues in evidence
  • LAW7041 Public sector employment law
  • LAW7043 Sentencing
  • LAW7044 Stamp duties and other state revenue
  • LAW7045 Takeovers
  • LAW7046 Tax avoidance: judicial and legislative responses
  • LAW7048 Taxation commissioner's discretionary powers
  • LAW7049 Taxation in the European community
  • LAW7050 Taxation law as an instrument of social and economic policy
  • LAW7051 Taxation of capital gains
  • LAW7052 Taxation of corporations and shareholders
  • LAW7053 Taxation of trusts and partnerships
  • LAW7055 Theories of justice
  • LAW7056 Competition law
  • LAW7059 Planning law
  • LAW7060 Current problems in family law
  • LAW7061 Legislative and judicial refinement of the income tax base
  • LAW7066 Forced migration and human rights
  • LAW7068 International environmental law
  • LAW7069 The law and the environment
  • LAW7071 Commercial alternative dispute resolution
  • LAW7073 Law, gender and feminism
  • LAW7074 Legal issues in bioethics
  • LAW7075 Trade marks and commercial designations
  • LAW7076 Principles of privacy and freedom of information
  • LAW7077 International aspects of intellectual property
  • LAW7078 Graduate research paper
  • LAW7082 Confiscation of the proceeds of crime
  • LAW7083 Law of employee relations
  • LAW7087 Local government law
  • LAW7092 Payment systems and banking law
  • LAW7093 Judicial law making and legal theory
  • LAW7109 Consumer credit
  • LAW7110 Elements of forensic medicine 700
  • LAW7112 Constitutional law for litigators
  • LAW7116 International law of the sea 2: issues in maritime management
  • LAW7118 Pacific comparative law
  • LAW7119 Patents for inventions
  • LAW7121 Insurance law
  • LAW7122 Superannuation law and practice
  • LAW7129 Law and discrimination
  • LAW7133 Legal issues in medicine
  • LAW7140 Defamation and freedom of speech
  • LAW7165 Comparative constitution and rights
  • LAW7205 Employee share ownership plans
  • LAW7206 Native title: courts, tribunals and communities
  • LAW7207 Psychiatry, psychology and law
  • LAW7208 Contemporary problems in the administration of criminal justice
  • LAW7209 International sale of goods
  • LAW7212 Australian legal system
  • LAW7213 Law of the internet
  • LAW7214 Utility regulation: law and policy
  • LAW7215 Labour law for corporate lawyers
  • LAW7217 Current issues in administrative law
  • LAW7218 International humanitarian law
  • LAW7220 Money laundering
  • LAW7221 Technology contracts and licensing law
  • LAW7223 Overview of intellectual property
  • LAW7224 Trade mark practice
  • LAW7226 Tort liability of public authorities
  • LAW7243 Shareholders' remedies
  • LAW7244 Intellectual property and the internet
  • LAW7245 Current issues in electronic commerce law
  • LAW7246 Privacy and information security law in cyberspace
  • LAW7247 Selected topics in public international law
  • LAW7248 Decision-making for tribunal members
  • LAW7249 Fact finding in administrative proceedings
  • LAW7250 Administrative justice issues in tribunal adjudication
  • LAW7251 Negotiation and mediation skills
  • LAW7253 Human rights in the global economy
  • LAW7254 Design law and practice
  • LAW7256 Superannuation, venture capital and managed investment schemes
  • LAW7258 Consumer protection, regulation and compliance
  • LAW7260 Indigenous rights and international law
  • LAW7261 Corporate groups and governance
  • LAW7262 Goods and services tax: complex issues and planning
  • LAW7263 Australian corporate law
  • LAW7276 Principles of taxation
  • LAW7278 Comparative competition law
  • LAW7279 Electronic workplace law
  • LAW7280 Cybercrime
  • LAW7283 Loss, causation and damages
  • LAW7285 Legal research and communication
  • LAW7286 International criminal justice
  • LAW7295 International aspects of patenting inventions in biotechnology
  • LAW7298 Labour organisations
  • LAW7303 Advocacy: theory and practice
  • LAW7304 Corporate and white collar crime
  • LAW7306 Corporate governance and directors' duties
  • LAW7308 Expert evidence
  • LAW7307 Contemporary issues in administrative law
  • LAW7309 Current issues in intellectual property
  • LAW7310 Current issues in workplace law
  • LAW7311 International human rights law and women
  • LAW7312 Advanced negotiation and mediation skills
  • LAW7313 Regulatory fundamentals: concepts, constructs and context
  • LAW7314 The regulatory process
  • LAW7315 Regulatory methods
  • LAW7316 Regulating in a globalising world
  • LAW7317 Evaluating what works in regulation
  • LAW7318 International law and economic, cultural and social rights
  • LAW7319 Children's rights in international and domestic law
  • LAW7320 Terrorism and human rights
  • LAW7322 Communications law and regulation
  • LAW7323 International banking and finance: law and practice
  • LAW7324 Energy law, regulation and policy
  • LAW7325 Regulation of Australian water resources
  • LAW7326 World trade organization law
  • LAW7327 Workplace anti-discrimination law
  • LAW7328 Case studies in regulation
  • LAW7329 The privatising state: reform, regulation and reinvention
  • LAW7330 Protecting the rights of minorities, marginalised and vulnerable people
  • LAW7332 Principles of construction law
  • LAW7333 Comparative Bills of Rights
  • LAW7334 European agriculture, food and wine law
  • LAW7335 Regulating the professions
  • LAW7336 Taxation of financial arrangements
  • LAW7337 Tax disputes and written advocacy
  • LAW7338 Work Choices law
  • LAW7339 Advanced international commercial arbitration
  • LAW7414 Planning and environmental law practice
  • LAW7416 International human rights law and development
  • LAW7417 Law of virtual worlds
  • LAW7418 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
  • LAW7419 Current issues in human rights law
  • LAW7420 Principles of environmental law
  • LAW7424 Local government contracts and procurement
  • LAW7425 International refugee law and human rights
  • LAW7426 International copyright law
  • LAW7427 International aspects of foreign investment
  • LAW7430 Corporate finance law
  • LAW7431 Death, dying and the courts

Thesis requirement

Candidates proceeding to the LLM degree by coursework must have completed either four or six units and have obtained 70% or above in each of the units before embarking on a minor thesis. Candidates must complete a thesis of either 12,000-15,000 words (where the student has completed four units) or 25,000-30,000 words (where the student has completed six units) at a standard comparable to legal writings found in a learned law journal.

Candidates are required to submit a completed thesis proposal form to the postgraduate studies office. The prescribed proposal form is available from the postgraduate studies office upon request.

Candidates are encouraged to discuss proposals with members of academic staff. If required, the chair, Postgraduate Studies Committee, will assist in recommending an appropriate member of staff.

On receipt of the completed thesis proposal form, the postgraduate program coordinator will submit it to the Postgraduate Studies Committee for approval of the topic and the appointment of a supervisor. In approving the research topic, the Postgraduate Studies Committee has regard to the adequacy of the candidate's preparation for the research project and the facilities available in the faculty for the supervision and carrying out of the research.

For information on the requirements which must be met with respect to the certification of theses prior to submission for examination contact the postgraduate program coordinator.

Contact details

Postgraduate program coordinator LLM, telephone +61 3 9641 6206, email or visit

Course convenors

Associate Professor John Duns, Professor Stephen Barkoczy