University Handbook 2018

Master of Laws

Course code/s: LMLAW - City

Course Details
Location City
Course Coordinator  Associate Professor Sara Smyth
Course Code LMLAW
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 095559G
Course Duration 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 120
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Law School’s new Master of Law course is designed for Professionals (legal practitioners - solicitors, barristers, in-house counsel, and government lawyers) seeking to up-skill, and develop, or further enhance, their expertise in specific areas of the law.

It allows students to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by distinguished academics from Australia, USA and Europe. Students will investigate and evaluate complex legal issues from theoretical and practical perspectives, focussing on one or several specialised aspects of the law, with the ability to choose from a wide range of electives. The opportunity to undertake in depth research will provide graduates from this program with an enhanced capacity to undertake independent research, and can provide a pathway to studies at PhD level. 

Admission requirements

International applicants must satisfy the minimum English language proficiency requirements, which 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.

Law honours, Postgraduate Law, or Juris Doctor (JD) (or cognate equivalent) graduates wishing to specialise and gain additional knowledge in a particular field, including those wishing to articulate into a doctoral program.

JD students or students from other Masters streams transferring to the LLM can apply for advanced standing in relation to units completed as part of those courses.

Whilst most subjects are delivered at the City Campus, there may be some subjects delivered at Bundoora.  . These subjects are recognised by other Australian Law Schools, and cross-institutional study is welcome. The Master of Laws is also designed to articulate into the Doctor of Juridical Science or PhD, in accordance with University policies and procedures. In practice this means that LMLAW students wishing to proceed to doctoral studies must undertake the minor thesis option in their LMLAW degree. This subject is offered in both semesters, and is the equivalent of two elective subjects.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

The LMLAW focuses on:

  • Applying an advanced and specialised body of conceptual, theoretical and practical knowledge to their professional practice in a changing global legal environment.
  • Researching and assessing established theories and innovations, solve complex problems, and generate new understandings and ideas in specialist areas of the law.  
  • Effective and reflective practice, both independently and as a member or leader of a team in a professional work environment.  
  • Communicating effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences, interpreting and transmitting complex knowledge, skills and ideas, and using a variety of modes and media.
  • Demonstrating autonomy, expert judgment, sound ethical judgment, rigor, adaptability and social responsibility.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Master of Laws (LMLAW) City Campus 2018 [PDF 97 KB]

Students must complete 8 subjects totalling 120 credit points.

Students are required to complete core subjects to the value of 60 cps from List A. Please note that LAW5LRE and LAW5LRC are pre requisites for LAW5MIT .

The remaining subjects must be selected from the La Trobe Law School Masters elective subjects list.

* LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Course Grid - All Intakes

Semester 1  Core Choice Core Choice Option Option*
Choose one 15cp core subject from List A Choose one 15cp core subject from List A Choose a level 5 Law School subject from Masters Elective List Choose a level 5 Law School subject from Masters Elective List
Semester 2 Core Choice Core Choice Option Option
Choose one 15cp core subject from List A Choose one 15cp core subject from List A Choose a level 5 Law School subject from Masters Elective List Choose a level 5 Law School subject from Masters Elective Lis

*Provided that students taking LAW5MIT (30 CP) have completed LAW5LRE and LAW5LRC.

List A

Core Subjects
LAW5LRE (WIN) Legal Research 1 
LAW5LRC (S2) Legal Research 2
LAW5WLT (S1) Comparative Legal Traditions 
LAW5CIP (WK 22-23) Contemporary Issues in the Legal Profession 
LAW5MIT (S1, S2, SUM 1) Minor thesis (30 credit points)
LAW5CLM (WK 10-11, WK 37- 38) 
S1 = Semester 1, S2 Semester, SUM 1 = Summer Semester 1, WIN = Winter Semester, WK = Weeks

Masters Subjects

The Masters offerings vary from year to year. The following subjects will be offered in 2018.

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to Subject Search guide for further details.

Masters Elective Subjects
LAW5ACL (WIN) USA Corporations Law 
LAW5AFL (WIN) Australian Family Law  
LAW5CBP (WK 13-21) Current Issues In Transnational Practice 
LAW5CCP (WK 45) Canadian Criminal Law
LAW5AIP (SUM 3) Australian Intellectual Property Law 
LAW5BIO (S2) Bio-Technology and The Law 
LAW5CIL (S2) Insolvency Law 
LAW5CLI (S2) Climate Change & Emissions Trading Law          
LAW5CMT (S2) Constitutional Law Moot  
LAW5ECM (WK 6)  European Company Law
LAW5EDU (S2) Education Law   
LAW5ENV (WK 18-25) International Environmental Law 
LAW5HEA (S1) Health Law   
LAW5HRA (S2) Human Rights Advocacy 
LAW5HRL (S1) Human Rights Law In Context 
LAW5IBT (SUM 2) International Business Transactions 
LAW5ICA (WIN) International Commercial Arbitration  
LAW5ILS (S3) Islam Law And The State In Se Asia
LAW5INB (S 1, S 2, SUM 1 and WK 22-37) Law Internship B
LAW5INT (WK 10-25,31-51,42-52,22-35) Legal Internship 
LAW5MIT (S1, S2, SUM 1) Minor Thesis 
LAW5PIL (SUM 3) Public International Law  
LAW5PRI (S1)Data Protection Law 
LAW5SIH (SUM 2) Statutory Interpretation And Human Rights
LAW5TAX (SUM 1) Taxation Law 
LAW5RMD Remedies (Sum 2)
LAW5PVL Private International Law (S 2) 
S1 = Semester 1, S2 Semester, SUM 1 = Summer Semester 1, SUM 2 = Summer Semester 2, SUM 3 = Summer Semester 3, WIN = Winter Semester WK = Week, OSP = Online Study Period


Students may also upgrade their candidature to a Doctor of Juridical Science or PhD in accordance with University policies and procedures.