Master of Laws (LLM)

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Master of Laws (LLM)

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Designed for law graduates and legal practitioners who seek to advance their legal knowledge and enhance their professional skills, the University of Newcastle LLM features:

  • real life learning opportunities
  • high-quality teaching in core and emerging areas of law
  • a local-to-global perspective on contemporary legal and policy issues
  • a small student cohort in a supportive professional environment
  • affordable tuition fees and scholarship opportunities

Real Life Learning

Newcastle Law School is well known for the strength of its clinical legal education and real-life, experience-based learning. LLM students can combine advanced study and research with practical opportunities to build professional skills. You may choose to prepare a legal research report for a partner organisation, participate in a legal clinic or other internship, and attend events to interact with industry, government and community groups.

High Quality Teaching in Core and Emerging Areas

Choose from a broad range of subjects and tailor the LLM to your interests or career area. The program offers many courses in the field of International Business Law and cutting-edge electives in areas such as environmental and climate change law, international child and family law, and human rights law.

You will learn from lecturers who are experts in their field, participate in interactive seminars and have access to quality online learning resources. With one-to-one supervision by one of our experienced faculty members, you may choose to complete an Advanced Legal Research project in an area of special interest to you.

Many courses will be offered in intensive blocks over a four-day period.

Is it for you?

As a law graduate or legal professional, the LLM enables you to extend your skills in legal research and analysis, whilst broadening your existing knowledge of domestic and international law and policy.

A Local to Global Perspective

Issues affecting business, governments, families and citizens in your community are increasingly being shaped by global forces. As Australia’s largest regional economy, Newcastle provides a dynamic, local setting for an LLM where student will engage in rigorous analysis of legal problems from local and global perspectives.

Many courses include international, transnational or comparative law elements, exploring different legal approaches to problems, analysing intersections between the Australian legal system and other domestic legal systems, and understanding legal relations among states.

You will critically appraise the role of law in promoting strong economies, resilient communities and global relationships.

Small Student Cohort

You will be part of a small, friendly cohort of postgraduate law students where you will build lasting professional networks and join an exclusive alumni group.

Affordable Fees and Scholarships

Scholarships are available to provide up to three international students per year with a $5000 reduction in fees.

Career Pathways

The Master of Laws (LLM) is a prestigious legal qualification that is recognised internationally.

You may use this qualification to pursue a range of exciting and stimulating legal or non-legal career opportunities that are suited to your professional and personal aspirations and interests.

The LLM will help you develop the expert judgment, creativity and adaptability valued by employers in a dynamic and globalised legal market.

You may apply the advanced knowledge and skills you develop in the Master of Laws (LLM) program to a wide range of professional contexts, including:

  • Private legal practice: you may use the Master of Laws (LLM) program to develop specialised knowledge and advanced legal research and analysis skills that are highly valued by many law firms and legal practitioners.
  • The corporate sector: the Master of Laws (LLM) program offers you the opportunity to develop advanced legal expertise and professional skills to pursue a career as in-house counsel or a corporate officer with a legal role.
  • Government and public administration: your advanced skills in legal research and analysis developed in the Master of Laws (LLM) program will assist in pursuing careers in law reform and legal policy development.
  • Non-governmental organisations: you may use the specialised knowledge and advanced skills developed in the Master of Laws (LLM) program to pursue a legal, policy or research role within a range of domestic and international non-governmental organisations.


The two core courses in legal research will provide advanced training in contemporary approaches to legal research, focusing on both the design and implementation of a legal research project.

The range of elective courses available in the program will allow you to develop specialised knowledge in areas relevant to your career and professional interests.

Flexible study options

Many LLM courses will be delivered in intensive mode, with attendance at classes over four days during the semester, possibly on weekends. If there is sufficient student demand, some intensive courses may be delivered in Sydney.

The location and mode of delivery of the LLM courses (i.e. whether in Newcastle or Sydney) will at all times remain at the discretion of Newcastle Law School.

Master of Laws (LLM) structure

The program consists of two core courses in Advanced Legal Research (one per semester) and six elective courses in various areas, with many options in International Business Law.

Compulsory Courses

  • Advanced Legal Research I
  • Advanced Legal Research II
  • Legal System of Australia (this course is compulsory for students who obtained their undergraduate law degree outside Australia)

Elective Courses - General

  • Advanced Legal Research Project
  • International Environmental Law and Policy
  • International Climate Change Law and Policy
  • International Child and Family Law
  • Advanced International Human Rights Law
  • International Human Rights Law: Collective Rights
  • Advanced Public International Law
  • Global Administrative Law
  • International Air and Space Law
  • Crime and Society
  • Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice

Elective Courses - International Business Law

  • Advanced Corporate Governance
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • International Insolvency Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Corporations, Globalisation and Human Rights
  • International Private Law
  • Australian International Taxation
  • Advanced Taxation Law
  • Corporate Taxation Law

Courses in the field of International Business Law will expand your knowledge of legal rules applicable to a variety of private transactional settings. You will explore the role of law and legal regulation as it intersects with business practice.

Advanced legal research component

Advanced Legal Research I (compulsory) - In your first semester, you will develop the specialised knowledge and skills required to design a legal research project in an area of your choice.

Advanced Legal Research II (compulsory) - In your second semester, you will finalise the design of, and carry out, your chosen research project. You may have the opportunity to conduct your research on a real-life issue for a partner organisation.

Advanced Legal Research Project (elective) - You may choose to complete an Advanced Legal Research project in an area of special interest to you. A faculty member with relevant research experience will provide one-to-one supervision. We will provide guidance on publishing your work if you would like to develop a publication profile.


Early applications for the LLM are highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Students will be required to have completed the following requirements for admission to the program:

An AQF level 8 Law qualification, such as a:

Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree either embedded (320 units) or ‘end-on’ (80 units) or equivalent law degree from a recognised tertiary education institution, or

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Laws degree, or

an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in Law and have completed a minimum of two years relevant work experience in a legal environment (RPL). RPL will be assessed by the Program Convenor through the consideration of a statement outlining the relevant work experience. Transcripts and detailed CVs must be provided to the University.

One of the degrees below:

  • a five year combined law degree program (400 units of learning in total, at least 240 cognate) or
  • a four year Bachelor of Laws degree program (320 units of learning, all cognate) or
  • a three year graduate entry Bachelor of Law program following the completion of a three year non-cognate degree (480 units of learning in total, at least 240 cognate)

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 10, 2017
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Australia - Newcastle, New South Wales
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