Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleLLM
CRICOS code001439E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Moira Paterson


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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


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.

Maximum credit allowed

12 credit points


The course comprises eight six-point coursework units or a combination of coursework units and a minor thesis.


Students must complete one of the following options:

  • eight coursework units from the list of approved law units. Refer to 'Areas of study' for more information.
  • four coursework units and a minor thesis of 25,000-30,000 words on an approved topic.
  • six coursework units and a minor thesis of 12,000-15,000 words on an approved topic.

In order to qualify to undertake one of the minor thesis options, a student must have achieved a minimum of 70 per cent in each of the coursework units undertaken. Information on the minor thesis option is available at

Additional course requirement and recommendation:

  • Students with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete the unit LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process.
  • International students are recommended to undertake the unit LAW7285 Legal research and communications.

For further information regarding law units and specialisations visit

Students are advised that not all units may be available in every year.

For information on the current postgraduate law timetable visit

Areas of Study

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Law providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Laws
Master of Laws (International and Comparative Law)

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.