Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit

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.


This course 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 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 comprises eight 6-point coursework units or a combination of coursework units and a minor thesis. The course can be completed with or without a specialisation.

Areas of study


Students must complete one of the following options:

  • eight coursework units from the list of approved law units. Units may be chosed from one or more specialisations.
  • 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 on the Enrolment guidelines and process for postgraduate minor thesisEnrolment guidelines and process for postgraduate minor thesis ( webpage.

Refer to the 'Areas of study' for more information on units available.

Additional course requirement and recommendation:

  • International students and those with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete the unit LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process and research.

Not all units may be available in every year. Further information is available on the faculty website regarding law units and specialisationslaw units and specialisations ( and the current postgraduate law timetablecurrent postgraduate law timetable (

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with 2103 Graduate Diploma in Law providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Laws