Master of Commercial Law - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Law.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017, 2016 and 2015

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




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Contact details

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Admission and fees


Course progression map

L6001 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (City (Melbourne))

Internal Mode of Attendance (City)


Master of Commercial Law

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Law

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


This expert graduate course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in commercial law and develops the advanced professional skills and specialist knowledge required for working in the commercial field. Students can choose from an extensive range of commercial law units including units in corporate law, competition law, banking and finance law, and tax law. The Master of Commercial Law is suitable for graduates interested in developing or enhancing specialist careers in professions and occupations that require a sound grasp of commercial law issues, including as accountants, company administrators and business managers.

Students investigate contemporary issues in law, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex issues relevant to the field from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The course enhances students' capacity to undertake independent research, and includes options for a pathway to doctoral studies.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and recent developments in areas of commercial law and the practice of commercial law
  2. apply theories, knowledge and skills to different areas of commercial law or to new situations in practice or scholarship in commercial law
  3. design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to global professional practice or scholarship
  4. explain and justify arguments, methods, and conclusions to legal and lay audiences
  5. apply with integrity appropriate research principles and methods to plan, carry out and report on an original project
  6. demonstrate high level personal autonomy and judgment.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit for up to 25 per cent of the course (12 points) for previous master's level studies in law. Students who have completed an independent research project in a bachelor of law honours degree may be exempted from the master's research unit but must still complete 48 points of level 5 units.


The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Commercial law knowledge and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research.

Part A: Commercial law knowledge

The studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of commercial law that suit your interests, skills and career goals.

Part B: Extending specialist knowledge electives and research

These studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of areas of commercial law or you can select from across the range of master's law elective units. You will focus on sources of information relevant to commercial law and the application of research methods and specialist discipline knowledge and skills necessary to support law-related work in those closely interrelated fields. Depending on your interests and motivation, you can choose a program of study in which you plan and execute a major research-based project with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.


The course comprises 48 points structured into two parts: Part A. Commercial law knowledge (30 points) and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research (18 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Commercial law knowledge (30 points)

Students complete a. and b. below:

a. the following unit:

  • LAW5080 Australian legal system or LAW5081 Australian legal process and research*

* LAW5081 is required for all international students and those students with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction.

b. a minimum of four units chosen from the units listed below; not all units are offered every year:

  • LAW5301 Copyright
  • LAW5302Not offered in 2018 European union law and policy
  • LAW5305 International trade law
  • LAW5306 Corporate insolvency
  • LAW5307Not offered in 2018 Occupational health and safety
  • LAW5311Not offered in 2018 Takeovers
  • LAW5312 Competition law
  • LAW5314Not offered in 2018 International environmental law
  • LAW5316 Trade marks and commercial designations
  • LAW5317Not offered in 2018 Principles of privacy and freedom of information
  • LAW5319 Law of employee relations
  • LAW5322Not offered in 2018 Superannuation law and practice
  • LAW5340 Intellectual property
  • LAW5344 Negotiation: Essential skills for dispute resolution
  • LAW5347Not offered in 2018 Consumer policy and regulation
  • LAW5350 Principles of taxation
  • LAW5353Not offered in 2018 Cybercrime
  • LAW5356 Corporate and white collar crime
  • LAW5357 Corporate governance and directors' duties
  • LAW5366 International banking and finance: Law and practice
  • LAW5367 Energy law, regulation and policy
  • LAW5370 Discrimination law and human rights at work
  • LAW5375 Arbitration of international commercial disputes
  • LAW5385 Corporate finance law
  • LAW5392Not offered in 2018 Globalisation and international economic law
  • LAW5394Not offered in 2018 Banking law
  • LAW5372Not offered in 2018 Principles of construction law
  • LAW5384Not offered in 2018 International investment law
  • LAW5399Not offered in 2018 Personal property securities
  • LAW5407Not offered in 2018 Current issues in torts law
  • LAW5415Not offered in 2018 Domestic and international debt capital markets
  • LAW5429 Advanced commercial negotiation skills
  • LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation
  • LAW5431 International entertainment law
  • LAW5432 Workplace investigations and misconduct
  • LAW5437Not offered in 2018 (The) Chinese legal system: A comparative analysis
  • LAW5438 Current issues in sports law
  • LAW5441Not offered in 2018 Australian tax policy
  • LAW5444 Advanced commercial contracts masterclass
  • LAW5452 Private investment law
  • LAW5453Not offered in 2018 Comparative conflict of laws

Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research (18 points)

Students complete 18 points across a. and b. below.

a. 6 or 12 points of elective law units chosen from:

  • Part A above
  • the commercial law electives listed below
  • any unit from the general list of level 5 law units, except those only offered in L6005 Master of Laws (Juris Doctor)

b. the remaining 6 or 12 points of research studies in commercial law from the following:

  • LAW5082 Masters research (6 points)
  • LAW5083 Extended research (12 points)**

** Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to complete this unit.

Commercial law electives

Not all units are offered every year.

  • LAW5315 Commercial alternative dispute resolution
  • LAW5318Not offered in 2018 International aspects of intellectual property
  • LAW5321 Protecting commercial innovation: Patents and trade secrets
  • LAW5339Not offered in 2018 Technology contracts and licensing law
  • LAW5341 Trade mark practice
  • LAW5342Not offered in 2018 Current issues in electronic commerce law
  • LAW5343Not offered in 2018 Privacy and surveillance: Law, policy and governance
  • LAW5345Not offered in 2018 Human rights, business and the global economy
  • LAW5346 Design law and practice
  • LAW5349 Corporate law
  • LAW5352 Electronic workplace law
  • LAW5360Not offered in 2018 Advanced conflict resolution skills
  • LAW5368Not offered in 2018 Regulation of Australian water resources
  • LAW5369Not offered in 2018 World Trade Organization (WTO) law
  • LAW5374 Federal labour law
  • LAW5378Not offered in 2018 Comparative corporate governance
  • LAW5379Not offered in 2018 Procurement law
  • LAW5395Not offered in 2018 Arbitration of domestic commercial disputes
  • LAW5400Not offered in 2018 International trade mark law
  • LAW5408Not offered in 2018 Remedies in commercial disputes
  • LAW5423Not offered in 2018 Private international law in commercial disputes
  • LAW5426Not offered in 2018 Regulating business: Enforcement and compliance
  • LAW5445 Commercial equity
  • LAW5447Not offered in 2018 Intellectual property and the internet
  • LAW5448 Copyright x:Monash
  • LAW5450Not offered in 2018 Principles of succession law

Alternative exits

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following award, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Law after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.

Progression to further studies

Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to take the extended research option which is a pathway to a higher degree by research.