Where Can I Do Master of Laws (LLM) in Australia?
At lease 16 Australian universities offer Master of Laws (LLM) degrees by coursework. There are also many other universities where you can gain a masters degree in law by research. Here are the top law schools for postgraduate study (in alphabetical order).
Australian National University – College of Law
The Canberra-based Australian National University (ANU) consistently ranks as one of Australia’s top two universities for academic research. This is despite being a relatively small institution in terms of student numbers. The College of Law has a Master of Laws program designed to suit part-time students. Classes are concentrated in intensive sessions over 3-5 days. Some graduate certificate degrees are available online. Majors offered include: Environmental, Legal Practice, International, Government and Commercial, Development, and International Security.
Bond University – Faculty of Law
Bond University is a small, private university on the Gold Coast. It operates on a 3-semester calendar, though it is possible to complete the Master of Laws program in two. The Law Faculty offers a diverse range of elective units, giving students freedom in how they specialise. Fields that are well catered to include Corporate, Family and International Law.
La Trobe University – School of Law
La Trobe University is a Victorian university with its main campus in suburban Melbourne. La Trobe has a 1.5 year Master of Laws program and also offers 1-year specialised degrees: Master of Commercial Law, and Master of Laws in Global Business Law.
Macquarie University – Macquarie Law School
Macquarie University is a suburban Sydney University. Macquarie Law School has programs designed for law graduates and non-lawyers alike. They are generally available by distance education (which includes some intensive 2-3 day sessions on campus). The Master of Laws program is only available to law graduates and offers specialisations in Environmental, and International Environmental Law. Other masters degrees are more open. Specialisations include Environmental, International Environmental, and International Trade and Commerce.
Monash University – Faculty of Law
Monash University is based in Melbourne and is Australia’s largest university. The Faculty of Law’s masters degrees are, with the exception of Master of Laws, available to both law and non-law graduates. Specialist masters degrees include: Commercial, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Studies, and Workplace and Employment Law.
Queensland University of Technology – Faculty of Law
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a noted research university. Its postgraduate law programs are run at the Gardens Point campus close to the Brisbane CBD. As well as a general Master of Laws (LLM) degree, students have the option of doing a Master of Justice (Intelligence) degree or specialising in Commercial, Health, or Intellectual Property.
University of Adelaide – Adelaide Law School
The University of Adelaide—South Australia’s most prestigious university—has Australia’s second oldest law school. The university is in a prime part of Adelaide close to the CBD. Adelaide is Australia’s cheapest city for living among cities with more than a million people. The Law School offers masters degrees combining law with Accounting, Commerce and Finance. The Master of Laws program allows for specialisation in International and Comparative Commercial fields.
University of Melbourne – Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) has Australia’s oldest law school. UniMelb consistently ranks first or second for Australia in world university rankings. The law school offers an extensive range of postgraduate law courses, including a 3-year Juris Doctor program taught at masters level. Specialist Master of Laws degrees are available in fields including: Commercial, Competition and Consumer, Construction, Employment and Labour Relations, Energy and Resources, Environmental, Health and Medical, Intellectual Property, International, and Tax.
University of New England – School of Law
The University of New England (UNE) is a specialist distance education university that receives consistently strong course ratings from students. You can study for a Master of Laws (LLM) degree either online or at UNE’s campus at Armidale in regional New South Wales. Majors offered are: Commercial, Crime and Criminal Justice, Health and Science, International, and Natural Resource Governance.
University of New South Wales – Faculty of Law
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a prestigious university that attracts some of the brightest students from Sydney and elsewhere. As well as research degrees, UNSW offers close to a dozen different types of masters degrees in law. Specialist degrees include: Business Law, Criminology, Dispute Resolution, Human Rights, International Law, Management, and Media.
University of Queensland – Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
The University of Queensland (UQ) is Brisbane’s most prestigious university. It is located close to the city centre—set against the Brisbane River. UQ offers three types of masters degrees in law. The Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Laws (Advanced) (LLM(Adv)) are designed to give practising lawyers better theoretical and applied knowledge in specialist areas. The advanced version goes for 1.5 years (instead of 1 year). The 1.5 year Master of Applied Law (MAppLaw) program is designed for non-law graduates wanting some legal knowledge.
University of Sydney – Sydney Law School
The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest university and is located in a suburban part of inner Sydney. The Sydney Law School offers an extensive range of fields of specialisation. In addition to a general Master of Laws (LLM) degree, students can choose from more than a dozen specialised masters degrees. These include International Law, Business Law, and Taxation. Sydney Uni consistently ranks as (or near to) Australia’s best law school.
University of Newcastle – Faculty of Business & Law
The University of Newcastle (Newcastle) has its main campus in a bushland setting 12 km from the Newcastle CBD (which is around 160 km north of Sydney). Newcastle offers a Master of Laws degree in which students can major in one or more of international, transnational and commercial law. The masters program combines research and coursework.
University of Tasmania – Faculty of Law
The University of Tasmania (UTas) is the only university based in the island state of Tasmania. Law students study at the main campus in Hobart—one of Australia’s most beautiful and affordable cities. UTas offers postgraduate degrees in law by research, with the Masters of Law (LLM) normally taking 1-2 years while a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree normally takes 2-4 years.
University of Technology, Sydney – Faculty of Law
The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is a metropolitan university in inner Sydney. As well as research degrees, the Law School offers several masters degrees by coursework. Students can major in: Communications Law, Dispute Resolution, Laws, Legal Studies and Health Policy. Also available is a Juris Doctor degree (which can be combined with an MBA) and Master of Intellectual Property by distance education.
University of Western Australia – Faculty of Law
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is Perth’s most prestigious university. It is located a short drive from the CBD and is set against the Swan River. UWA offers a flexible one-year Master of Laws (LLM) degree in which students can choose to specialise in one or more of a variety of fields. Because UWA is a resources/mining state, the law school also offers Master of Mining and Energy Laws (LLMiningE) and Master of Commercial and Resources Law (MCRLaw).
University of Wollongong – School of Law
The University of Wollongong (UOW) is located in the seaside city of Wollongong, around 80 km south of Sydney. UOW offers Master of Laws (Criminal Practice). The one-year course is Australia’s only postgraduate program specialising in criminal prosecutions.