Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law.

Course codeL5001
Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleGradDipLaw
CRICOS code001434K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 9903 8035 or visit Faculty of Law at


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


The course enables graduates of law and other disciplines to develop advanced knowledge and skills for legal or professional practice or higher learning, and is a pathway for entry to a masters degree. Graduates will develop advanced professional skills and knowledge of developments in the law, practice and scholarship of one or more areas of law. Students can focus on a specialised area or select from a broad range of electives for professional practice.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Graduates of the course will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of recent developments in areas of law or professional practice
  • knowledge of legal research principles and methods appropriate to the discipline
  • knowledge and reasoning skills to critically evaluate theory and practice in areas of law
  • research skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories
  • cognitive skills to apply theories, knowledge and skills to different legal areas or to new situations in legal practice or scholarship
  • thinking skills to discuss complex and abstract legal ideas and theories
  • communication and interpretive skills to justify arguments, methods, and conclusions to legal and lay audiences
  • creative skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • personal autonomy and accountability.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit of up to 50 per cent of the course (24 points) for previous studies including for approved undergraduate elective law units, or work-based learning at an equivalent level.


This course consists of eight 6-point coursework units.


Students must complete:

Additional course requirements:

  • domestic students with a degree in a discipline other than law must complete LAW5080 (Australian legal system) as one of their masters electives
  • international students and those with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete LAW5081 (Australian legal process and research) as one of their masters electives.

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 (

Minimum grade for articulation

A credit average (minimum 60 per cent) is required to articulate to a relevant master's program.

Areas of study


Graduate Diploma in Law