Master of Legal Studies - 847AA
|Location:||UC - Canberra, Bruce|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline(s):||Canberra Law School|
|English Language Requirements:||Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0|
Perfect for expanding your legal knowledge, or gaining legal admission in Australia
If you are a Law graduate looking to further develop your knowledge of law and specialise, or an international looking to gain admission to legal practice in Australia, then the Master of Legal Studies is the perfect course for you.
Focused yet flexible, this course offers a comprehensive range of study options allowing you to tailor your studies to meet your career interests and learning needs; or, if you’re an overseas law graduate, the chance to complete the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
Whatever your career objectives are, this course will help you expand your knowledge of Australian law in critical areas of business, while simultaneously giving you the skills, education, and experience to confidently and competently explore a more decisive legal career path.
Study a Master of Legal Studies at UC and you will:
- learn to reflect critically on legal theory and practices
- learn the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate, assess and write legal academic documents
- gain a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of legal issues in specific areas
- identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, complex legal and policy issues, drawing on a range of sources
- apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues
- gain legal admission in Australia.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
WIL is a vital component of this course as not only does it offer you the opportunity to gain practical experience working on real-world legal issues, it also gives you the chance to work alongside industry professionals and thus expand your network of professional contacts at the same time.
Our Law and Paralegal study areas are ranked in the top five nationally for generic skills development, and as part of this course, eligible students will have the opportunity to complete a law internship unit through our links with law firms, governments, non-governmental agencies, and overseas organisations.
Opportunities exist for Master of Legal Studies graduates to expand your skills and understanding of the legal framework in an area of your choice. Depending on your study pathway, some jobs, and roles which graduates of the course may pursue include:
- lawyer in government and private sectors
- policy adviser
- legislative drafter
- legal researcher in public service, law reform body, parliament, court system, private sector
- legal officer
- company director
Applicants must be Law graduates with a grade point average of 5.0 or higher in their undergraduate Law degree or hold qualifications that are deemed equivalent.
If legal admission is your goal, you will first need to apply to the New South Wales Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for assessment of your overseas qualification. Having considered your overseas qualification, the LPAB will determine what additional law units you need to complete, if any, in order to meet the academic requirements for admission. You may package those units into the course of Master of Legal Studies.
You may choose to exit the course upon completion of all the units required for admission. In that case, you may be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies if you have completed four law units at graduate/postgraduate level, or a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies if you have completed eight law units at graduate/postgraduate level.
Alternatively, if you wish to acquire two academic years study experience in Australia, you may apply to enrol in the Master of Laws towards the end of the MLS. With up to 12 credit points granted through completing the MLS, you will be able to earn both a Master of Legal Studies and a Master of Laws within two years.
Please note that legal practitioners admitted in one Australian state/territory may gain admission in other states/territories under reciprocal arrangements.
Information about the assessment of overseas law qualifications can be found on the New South Wales Legal Profession Admission Board website.
Prospective Domestic Students
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email email@example.com or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Convenor: Dr. Jenny Fu Email email@example.com
- Prospective Domestic Students
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
- Prospective International Students
- Email email@example.com or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
- Current and Commencing Students
- In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission is open to graduates Law. Applicants will normally have a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in their undergraduate Law degree or hold qualifications deemed equivalent.
Additional Admission Requirements
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
- Master of Legal Studies (36 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 3 credit points as follows
Restricted Choice - Must pass 33 credit points as follows
- Part A - Must pass between 3 and 6 credit points from the following
Part B - Must pass between 27 and 33 credit points from the following
- Elective units, with at least 18cp at PG level and no more than 12cp at G level.
|Master of Legal Studies||M LegSt|
|Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies||Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies|
Unit Delivery Modes
The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:
|Intensive:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.|
|Research Project:||The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.|
|Research:||The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.|
To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit
Information for Fee Paying Students
The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
Standard three semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.
Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)
The Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies and the Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies are subsumable into this course
- 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
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