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Master of Laws - 849AA

Course Code: 849AA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
UAC Code: 880115
CRICOS Code: 019940M
Selection Rank: NEW
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Take the next step up in law

If you’re a law graduate interested in advancing your career and pursuing a more focused path, then the UC Master of Laws is the perfect option as it will help you gain the legal knowledge, understanding, and expertise to take your career to the next level and beyond.

Offering a highly flexible, engaging and personalised study platform, the UC Master of Laws is specifically designed to help you develop the legal expertise suited to your career interests, ensuring you gain maximum value from your time studying at UC.

As part of your studies, you will have the chance to sharpen your legal research and writing skills and test your new knowledge in highly supportive theoretical and real-world learning environments.

If you have a Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies or an equivalent qualification and are looking for the opportunity to deepen your understanding of law, policy and legal systems, and improve your career prospects, then this is your chance.

Watch one of our graduates’ experience with the LLM program

Study the Master of Laws at UC and you will:

  • develop an advanced and integrated knowledge of law and legal practice in selected areas addressing both international and domestic contexts.
  • develop sophisticated legal problem-solving skills by interpreting, analysing and applying the relevant case law and legislation
  • employ high- level advocacy and communication skills to present written or oral legal solutions to a range of audiences.
  • critically analyse and evaluate current legal and policy issues and develop or respond to legal reform proposals
  • students undertaking a major research component will also be able to conduct a complex legal research project and synthesise the outcome of research to a range of audiences
  • gain experience and confidence in legal areas important to you
  • gain unprecedented access to local and international legal networks
  • build extensive professional industry contacts.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

With a Law and Paralegal study area ranked in the top five nationally for generic skills development and a program delivered by both experienced law academics and seasoned legal practitioners, UC offers a WIL program second to none.

WIL is a vital component of the student education experience as not only does it offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience by working on real-world legal issues, but it also provides them with the chance to work alongside industry professionals and expand their network of professional contacts.

As part of their WIL training, UC students will have the opportunity to undertake an internship thanks to our strong links with law firms, government, and non-governmental agencies, both locally and overseas.

Career opportunities

The UC Master of Laws is a globally recognised and respected qualification that will help you take your legal expertise to the next level. As such, successful graduates of this course will be exposed to numerous job opportunities all over the world, including, but not limited to:

  • lawyer in government and private sectors*
  • judge*
  • legislative drafter*
  • policy adviser
  • legal officer
  • law lecturer
  • director or senior executive

*subject to satisfactory compliance with legal profession admission requirements which usually include an undergraduate law degree and successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Course Specific Information

The LLM at UC is a one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) course requiring the completion of 8 law units (24 credit points in total) at postgraduate level.
This course is a general degree; however, students may choose to organise their studies within a particular stream drawn from Canberra Law School electives. The streams are the following:

Government Law: e.g., Law of Public Governance PG; Law Reform and Social Change PG; Workplace Law in Context PG ; Environmental and Planning Law PG; Statutory Interpretation PG; Government and Corporate Contracting PG; Human Rights in Context PG.

International Business and Sustainability: e.g.,  International Law PG; Advanced Corporations: Markets and Sustainability PG; Government and Corporate Contracting PGLaw, Innovation and Technologies PG; Intellectual Property Law PG ; Comparative Law PGBuilding and Construction Law PG Taxation Law PGGovernment and Corporate Contracting PG

Advocacy, Justice and Dispute Resolution: e.g., Advanced Criminal Justice PGAdvocacy and Communication PG; Advanced Advocacy and Mooting PG; Legal Advice Clinic PG; Gender and the Legal System PG, Vulnerability and the Law PGFamily Law PG.

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Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email 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 or Course Convener Dr Jenny Fu, email

Admission Requirements

An applicant must hold one of the following qualifications:

(a) a Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours or an equivalent qualification;

(b) a Bachelor of Laws without Honours and has normally achieved a Grade Point Average of 5.0, or has been admitted to legal practice, or with minimum two years of full-time relevant professional experience; or

(c) a Bachelor degree in any discipline plus a Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies or an equivalent qualification.

To qualify as a Bachelor of Laws with Honours for the purpose of admission, the course must generally be a minimum of four years duration and include a semester length research component.

Additional Admission Requirements

Note: Credit of up to 12 credit points may be granted on the basis of an incomplete or complete postgraduate course in accordance with the UC Credit Procedures.

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Laws LLM

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



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.

Professional Accreditation


Course Duration

Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.




  • Past Offerings
    • 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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