Melbourne Law School

The University of Melbourne

Introduction

Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years.

Melbourne Law School's vibrant and active community comprises expert and award-winning teaching staff, a strong alumni network, dedicated mentors, visiting scholars from across the globe, leading research centres and institutions, as well as our partner international organisations.

Melbourne Law School's rich history is woven through Australian and international politics and constitutional reform from Federation to the present day.

Since 1857 MLS has educated prime ministers, governors-general, judges, lawyers and academics, and its alumni are found in varied occupations throughout Australia and the world.

Prominent alumni include Prime Ministers Alfred Deakin, Robert Menzies, Harold Holt and Julia Gillard, and Victorian Premier Rupert Hamer, as well as Governors-General Sir Ninian Stephen and Sir Zelman Cowen.

Four graduates have served as Chief Justices of Australia, including Sir Owen Dixon, regarded as Australia's greatest ever jurist, Sir Isaac Isaacs, the first Jewish Chief Justice, and current Justice of the High Court of Australia the Hon. Geoffrey Nettle QC.

Underpinning and driving everything at Melbourne Law School is its enduring tradition and commitment to innovation.

MLS at a Glance

Ranking

Melbourne Law School is ranked No 1 in the Asia Pacific in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject (2016). The QS rankings highlight the world's top universities in 36 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

International Connections

Melbourne Law School's vibrant and active community comprises internationally renowned teaching staff, a strong global alumni network, dedicated mentors, visiting scholars from around the world, leading research centres and institutions, as well as many partner international organisations.

Melbourne Law School JD students can participate in exchange programs, undertake a dual degree at one of our partnered universities overseas and apply for an international internship during their degrees. A Melbourne Law School degree also prepares graduates for global careers. More than one-third of our graduates have worked or are working in international locations.

Key facts

Faculty

  • Melbourne Law School was established in 1857
  • Opened in 2 May 2002, the current Law School building is located on 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, south of University Square
  • Academic programs include the Melbourne JD, Melbourne Law Masters and Graduate Research Degrees. The School also offers breadth subjects to undergraduate students, as well as single-subject studies
  • Melbourne Law School is a single-department professional graduate school active in the research and teaching of a wide range of legal topics through the work of our 18 research centres and institutes.

Academics

  • More than 90 continuing academic staff members
  • More than 170 visiting lecturers, fellows and visiting scholars from Australia and around the world each year
  • Melbourne Law School academic staff are actively engaged in International fellowships, lectureships and scholars exchange programs.

Alumni

  • Melbourne Law School has more then 18 000 active alumni in over 90 countries
  • Our alumni are leaders in law firms, government, public interest, business, academia, not-for-profit and the judiciary.

Law Library

  • The Law Library has one of the best law collections in Australia
  • Located within the Law School building, the Law Library has an historically rich collection of legal texts including approximately 180 000 printed volumes, 30 000 volumes in microfiche or microfilm
  • There are three fully equipped computer laboratories in the Library where students can work with a comprehensive collection of online legal databases
  • The Library is designed exclusively to house and present the full library collection, making it extremely accessible to students, researchers, academics, visiting scholars and the general public.
  • The Law Library has a permanent display of a rare books collection, comprising rare legal items dating back to the early 1600s
  • The Law Library is also furnished with spacious study areas, group discussion rooms and postgraduate carrels for individual and collaborative work.

Engagement

  • Melbourne Law School hosts hundreds of students, alumni and public engagement events each year, including major Public Lectures, conferences, workshops and networking functions. View our events calendar for more information on upcoming events
  • Melbourne Law School's communications team provides a range of services to media requesting information about the Law School, its faculty, research, students, staff, and programs. All media enquiries should be directed to the media and communication office.
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Programs

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LLM

Master of Banking and Finance Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years February 2018 Australia Melbourne + 1 more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in banking and finance law is designed to provide students, practitioners and other professionals with a sophisticated understanding of the legal and regulatory framework for the Australian and international financial sector. [+]

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in banking and finance law is designed to provide students, practitioners and other professionals with a sophisticated understanding of the legal and regulatory framework for the Australian and international financial sector. Most subjects have a practical focus. Subject choice includes banking (eg lending and banking products), funds management, finance transactions, superannuation, financial services and capital markets. Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Master of Banking and Finance Law will: Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of banking and finance law, including: the legal and regulatory architecture of the Australian and international financial sector across a range of subject areas; key legal issues governing relationships between financial services providers and their customers, and the theory and practice of prudential and market integrity/consumer protection regulation of financial services; and the impact of globalisation, e-commerce and regulatory reform on the provision of financial services in Australia and internationally. Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently: analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of banking and finance law; research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a... [-]

Master of Commercial Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years February 2018 Australia Melbourne + 1 more

Melbourne Law School's extensive subject offerings in commercial law allows students to tailor a program to complement their professional expertise and career pathway. Melbourne Law School's extensive subject offerings in commercial law allows students to tailor a program to complement their professional expertise and career pathway. Lawyers and other professionals will deepen their understanding of many aspects of commercial law from both a domestic and international perspective. [+]

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Melbourne Law School's extensive subject offerings in commercial law allows students to tailor a program to complement their professional expertise and career pathway. Lawyers and other professionals will deepen their understanding of many aspects of commercial law from both a domestic and international perspective. Subjects are available in areas as diverse as finance, competition law, dispute resolution, tax, intellectual property, construction and energy and resources law. The quality of the commercial law specialisation is enhanced by the suite of subjects dealing with the core questions of private law that lie at the heart of commercial law. Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Master of Commercial Law will: Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of commercial law including: the legal and regulatory architecture of commercial law across a range of subject areas key legal issues governing relationships between those subject to commercial law challenges that arise in the practice and application of commercial law and current debates on the reform of commercial law Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently: analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of commercial law research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice and interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences Apply their... [-]

Master of Human Rights Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years February 2018 Australia Melbourne + 1 more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in human rights law offers the widest range of human rights subjects in Australia. The program is particularly relevant to lawyers currently working, or planning to work, in the field of human rights, as well as those with a non-law background working in development agencies and other human rights-related organisations in Australia and around the world. [+]

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in human rights law offers the widest range of human rights subjects in Australia. Many world-renowned experts teach in the program, offering students exciting opportunities to examine a range of human rights instruments, institutions, theories and practices in contemporary context. The program is particularly relevant to lawyers currently working, or planning to work, in the field of human rights, as well as those with a non-law background working in development agencies and other human rights-related organisations in Australia and around the world. Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Master of Human Rights Law will: Have an advanced and integrated knowledge of international and domestic legal and institutional frameworks for the protection and promotion of human rights Be able to understand and critically examine the interrelationships between international, regional and domestic histories, philosophies, policies and practices of human rights law Be an engaged, informed and open-minded participant in debates about the contested universality of international human rights and its application in diverse domestic jurisdictions Be able to make a sophisticated assessment of the practical effectiveness of different mechanisms for implementing or enforcing human rights, including domestic and regional courts, specialised tribunals, national human rights institutions, human rights treaty bodies, international institutions and specialised agencies, nongovernmental organisations and international criminal courts Have an advanced appreciation of the relationship between law and politics, at the international and domestic levels, in the field of... [-]

Master of Laws (LLM)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years February 2018 Australia Melbourne + 1 more

Melbourne Law School’s Master of Laws (LLM) is a graduate degree in law of the highest quality, with one of the largest subject ranges in the world. More than 175 subjects are offered in 2017. Students enrolled in the LLM can choose from all subjects available in the Melbourne Law Masters, allowing them to tailor the degree to suit their professional aspirations and personal interests. [+]

Melbourne Law School’s Master of Laws (LLM) is a graduate degree in law of the highest quality, with one of the largest subject ranges in the world. More than 175 subjects are offered in 2017. Students enrolled in the LLM can choose from all subjects available in the Melbourne Law Masters, allowing them to tailor the degree to suit their professional aspirations and personal interests. Students may also choose to undertake the Master of Laws as a combination of coursework and a minor thesis. Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Master of Laws will: Have advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in selected areas of law Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently: analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in selected areas of law research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice and interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in selected areas of law. Subject Timing and Format All subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style. Around 90% of subjects are offered on an intensive basis. Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester. Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment. Intensive Subjects Intensive subjects... [-]

Master of Public and International Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years February 2018 Australia Melbourne + 1 more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in public and international law brings together constitutional, administrative and public international law in recognition of the increasing interdependence of international and domestic law. [+]

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in public and international law brings together constitutional, administrative and public international law in recognition of the increasing interdependence of international and domestic law. An extraordinary range of subjects across the entire field of public law offers students access to the latest developments in theory and practice in Australia and elsewhere. The program will appeal both to practitioners and to scholars with backgrounds or interests in government, international institutions, not-for-profit organisations, business/government relations and international development. Students may specialise in international law, Australian public law or comparative public law, or may choose a range of subjects from across different areas to suit their own interests and needs. Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Master of Public and International Law will: Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of public and international law, including: the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice analysis and resolution of the complex problems of government law a range of alternative approaches to government law in other countries and systems and the methodology of comparative public law the context within which government law operates and the sensitivities peculiar to it the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice the nature, major principles, processes and structures of the international legal system and the relationship between international and domestic law legal issues... [-]

Juris Doctor

Juris Doctor (JD)

Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 Australia Melbourne

Taught at a graduate level, the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) equips graduates to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government or community organisations. [+]

Taught at a graduate level, the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) equips graduates to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government or community organisations. Graduating with a law degree from world-renowned Melbourne Law School means that wherever your career takes you, your degree will be recognised as exceptional – both nationally and internationally. The JD curriculum allows you to build the core skills essential to a wide range of legal and professional careers. It also gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies to areas of particular interest through elective subjects. As a JD student you will: Join other engaged and enthusiastic students in discussion-based classes and enrich each other's education Build employment skills by collaborating and interacting with other students in group work and through the practical learning opportunities in the elective program Have the opportunity to study overseas, and the chance to learn from a curriculum that tracks and responds to global legal developments Be part of a tight-knit community of graduates and learn alongside your supportive classmates Have the opportunity to join societies, edit journals, attend public lectures and participate in cultural events, moots and competitions Build a network for life through connections with your student peers, Law School alumni, mentors and University staff. Degree Structure The JD course comprises 24 subjects, including 17 compulsory subjects required for admission to legal practice within Australia. You have the flexibility to pursue particular areas of interest through elective subject selection. Offering more than 45 electives... [-]

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Melbourne Law School

Address Pelham Street 185
Carlton 3053, Australia
Website http://law.unimelb.edu.au/
Phone +61 3 8344 4475