Law

lawWhy study Law?

With a world-class classification by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings, we offer cutting-edge coursework programs in global business law, high-quality supervision and a strong research culture.

Our programs include two very flexible, research-led, globally-oriented Master's programs and a number of higher-degree research options.

Master of Laws in Global Business Law 

Today's practitioners must be able to operate in a global legal economy. The Global Business Law (GBL) program offers access to the latest developments in international commercial law and practice. It will enable you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area or move into an international business environment for the first time.

Master of Laws

Taught by distinguished academics and practitioners from around the world, La Trobe's Master of Laws is an internationally-relevant and contemporary qualification. It prepares you for work in private practice, business, government or public interest organisations.

Career opportunities

Graduates can build careers in the legal profession, politics, business and commerce, government service, public administration, academia or public interest organisations.

Courses

Local students

2014 - apply now

Master of Commercial Law

Duration :
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Semester starts :
October
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The Master of Commercial Law is open to graduates from any non-law discipline. Corporations increasingly require an understanding of commercial law issues, in preparation for a career in an international business or a legal environment. Students may study in subject areas of global interest, including international business and arbitration law, and US business and corporations law.
Prerequisite
Applicants must have completed a four year non-law undergraduate degree or international equivalent and satisfy the minimum English language proficiency requirements.
Fee amount
Indicative (2012): $22,290 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Students may commence the Master of Commercial Law (LMCL) with any postgraduate law subject on offer in 2014. The Master of Commercial Law (LMCL) will not be on offer for new students from 2015 so interested students must commence in 2014.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Commercial Law (Master)Melbourne

Master of Laws

Duration :
1.5 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you dont necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.
Prerequisite
Bachelor of Laws or approved international equivalent.
Fee amount
Indicative course fee for students commencing in 2014: $25,270 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
This course commences in January, June and November.
Advanced Standing is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA Level 8 law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.
All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between semesters one and two (winter school) and in summer school (November-February), please time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply
Apply from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or register for updates now.

You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.

Master of Laws in Global Business Law

Duration :
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course presents an opportunity for law graduates and certified practising accountants to study commercial law in areas of global interest, taught by some of the worlds leading academics and commercial practitioners. An extensive range of subjects in US, European and Asian Law prepares graduates for a career in an international business and legal environment. Students may also take public interest law subjects (with approval).
Prerequisite
Australian Bachelor of Laws or international equivalent, or full membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and CPA Australia, or progression from the Graduate Certificate in Global Business Law with appropriate grade average.
Fee amount
Indicative course fee for students commencing in 2014: $25,270 per 120 credit points.
How to apply
Apply online. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Laws in Global Business Law (Master)Melbourne

2015

Master of Laws

Duration :
1.5 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you don't necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.
Prerequisite
Bachelor of Laws or international equivalent.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $26,780 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Advanced Standing is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA level 8 law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.
This course offers rolling start dates. All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between semesters one and two (winter school) and in summer school (November-February). You should time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. Please provide all supplementary information required.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details

0Melbourne

Master of Laws in Global Business Law

Duration :
1.5 years or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Explore key issues and challenges in commercial law and practice in areas of global interest. Leading academics and commercial practitioners will help you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area of interest or specialisation, such as Asian or US law, or move into an international business environment for the first time.
Subjects are usually delivered in block mode over five days during the winter and summer semesters. Some subjects may be offered during Semesters 1 and 2. These subjects are recognised by other Australian law schools, and cross-institutional study is welcome.

In any semester, a minor thesis of 12 000 words equivalent to two subjects may be undertaken subject to approval. All subjects offered are capable of being credited to other LLM programs in Australia.
Prerequisite
Applicants must have completed a law degree.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $26,780 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
The Law School may offer 60 credit points of Advanced Standing if you hold a TEQSA level eight qualification and/or if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction. The program can then be completed in 12 months with 120 credit points (8 x 15 subjects). Advanced Standing applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply
Apply online. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Laws in Global Business LawMelbourne

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2014 - apply now

Master of Laws (078687G)

Duration :
1.5 years
Semester starts :
See additional information
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
A$ 26 580
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you dont necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Law degree or approved international equivalent.
Additional information
Semester starts January, June and November. Rolling start dates.
Advanced Standing is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA level 8 law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted
to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.

All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between semesters one and two (winter school) and in summer school (November-February). So you should time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Master of Laws in Global Business Law (059366E)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
26 580
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course presents an opportunity for law graduates and certified practising accountants to study commercial law in areas of global interest, taught by some of the worlds leading academics and commercial practitioners. An extensive range of subjects in US, European and Asian Law prepares graduates for a career in an international business and legal environment. Students may also take public interest law subjects (with approval).
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a law degree or its international equivalent and satisfy the minimum English language proficiency requirements. That is an IELTS (or equivalent) test result with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. Note: English test results must be no more than two years old.
Additional information
All subjects in this program are offered in five-day block release mode: normally between teaching period one and Australian winter teaching period (June to July) and over summer (December to February) so students should time their arrival accordingly..
See Student Handbook for more details
Laws in Global Business Law (Master)Melbourne

Master of Laws International (045901B)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
See additional information
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 810
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The degree is only available to overseas lawyers who have a law degree from their home jurisdiction. Students can combine subjects from different programs including the Bachelor of Laws, the Master of Laws in Global Business Law and Public Interest Law subjects. The Global Business Law program presents an opportunity to study commercial law in areas of global interest taught by some of the world's leading academics and commercial practitioners. The public interest Law subjects offer students the opportunity to study the intersection of law and the public interest in areas including human rights, inquests, commissions and inquiries, and health regulation.

The program may also be used as a vehicle for completing some of the Council of Legal Education subjects required for admission to practise in Victoria (up to 120 credit points) while receiving a postgraduate qualification.

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
A Bachelor of Laws degree or approved international equivalent from a jurisdiction other than Australia.
Additional information
Semester 1 and 2, January, June, December. All subjects in this program are offered in five-day block release mode: normally between teaching period one and Australian winter teaching period (June to July) and over summer (December to February) so students should time their arrival accordingly.
Professional recognition
Overseas lawyers will be ineligible for admission to practise as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria until they have met the requirements of any ruling made by the Council of Legal Education in Victoria or other certifying body. In some instances, the Council of Legal Education may decline to make a ruling and the applicant must then complete a further Bachelor of Laws degree in Australia.
See Student Handbook for more details
Laws International (Master)Melbourne

2015

Master of Laws (078687G)

Duration :
1.5 years
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 170
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you don't necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Law degree or approved international equivalent.
Additional information
Advanced Standing (credit) is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA level eight law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.

All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between Semesters 1 and 2, in Summer and Winter Semesters (January-February, and June-July respectively), so you should time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details

Laws (Master)Melbourne

Master of Laws in Global Business Law (078688G)

Duration :
18 months
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 170
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Explore key issues and challenges in commercial law and practice in areas of global interest. Leading academics and commercial practitioners will help you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area of interest or specialisation, such as Asian or US law, or move into an international business environment for the first time.
Subjects are usually delivered in block mode over five days during the winter and summer semesters. Some subjects may be offered during Semesters 1 and 2. These subjects are recognised by other Australian law schools, and cross-institutional study is welcome.

In any semester, a minor thesis of 12 000 words equivalent to two subjects may be undertaken subject to approval. All subjects offered are capable of being credited to other LLM programs in Australia.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a law degree or its international equivalent.
Additional information
The Law School may offer 60 credit points of Advanced Standing (credit) to those who hold a TEQSA level eight qualification or international equivalent and/or who have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in their home jurisdiction. The program can then be completed in 12 months with 120 credit points. Advanced Standing applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
See Student Handbook for more details
Laws in Global Business LawMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Related study options

Didn't find a suitable course? You could also try these study options:

Your study experience

Overseas study opportunities

Gain valuable overseas experience by taking part in the student exchange program for 6-12 months. We have over 22 exchange partners in Canada, the US, South America, Europe and the UK. See student exchange.

We also offer a winter school program in Shanghai, Introduction to Chinese Law, led by Professor Jianfu Chen. Study in Hong Kong or Geneva as part of the Duke University Summer School program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law or focus on staff in Law.

Student and graduate profiles

Find out about the experiences of one of our Law postgraduate students.

After finishing my German Law Degree in 2004 I was keen to try something new.

Mr Florian Schwarz, Business, Economics and Law