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 codeL6004
Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleLLM
CRICOS code001439E
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


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


In this expert graduate course, law graduates 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. The course enhances the capacity to undertake independent research, and provides options for a pathway to doctoral studies.

Students investigate contemporary issues in law, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex legal issues from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 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 to plan, carry out and report on an original project
  • knowledge and reasoning skills to critically evaluate theory and practice in areas of law
  • research skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex 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
  • high level personal autonomy and accountability.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit for up to 50 per cent of the course (24 points) for previous masters level studies in law. Students who have completed an independent research project in a bachelor of law honours degree may be exempted from the masters research unit but must still complete 48 points of level 5 units.


The course comprises eight 6-point coursework units or a combination of coursework units and a minor thesis.


Students must complete one of the following options:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to take a minor thesis option.

Additional course requirement:

  • 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 (

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