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    With more than 150 years of experience, the University of Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, ranked 13th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • The University of Sydney’s Master of Laws (LLM) is one of Australia’s leading postgraduate coursework programs in law.

Overview

The University of Sydney's Master of Laws (LLM) program is one of the leading postgraduate coursework programs in law in Australia. It is a flexible and highly sought-after degree that caters specifically for the needs of the legal profession.

Our postgraduate coursework program is one of Australia's largest, with more than 120 units of study offered each year. We offer postgraduate study in a number of specialist areas as well as specialised units of study, with units taught by our own experts as well as by international visitors.

As a law graduate, you may choose from the entire range of units of study offered through Sydney Law School's postgraduate coursework program, allowing you to tailor an LLM program that suits your academic and professional needs.

Subject areas

You are able to concentrate on one of the areas of study listed below or combine your interests and take units from a number of areas of study.

Candidates will be awarded a Master of Laws upon successful completion of the degree. The Master of Laws will not be awarded with a specialisation.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

As many units of study are taught intensively, admission and enrolment in individual units may be possible year round. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applications for enrolment in the University of Sydney Law School intensive units will be accepted all year round from eligible applicants. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Master of Laws candidates complete 48 credit points, which is equivalent to 8 units of study. You are able to choose the prescribed number of units from the entire range of electives on offer, permitting you to concentrate on one specialist area or combine your interests in a number of specialist fields. 

Refer to the University of Sydney Law School Handbook for further details regarding award requirements.

Visit the Sydney Law School website for the most up-to-date postgraduate unit of study timetable

View unit of study descriptions using the link below. 

Units of Study

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

To qualify for the award of the Master of Laws, a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including at least one capstone unit of study in which the assessment consists substantially of a long research essay (7,000-10,000 words in length).

Visit Postgraduate Coursework LLM Capstone

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria. Admission to candidature for the Master of Laws requires: a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.

Embedded courses

Professional accreditation

As part of Professional Plus+, Sydney Law School offers Professional Development seminars, courses and units of study in a range of subjects and modes, including intensive programs, seminar series and individual evening presentations. Seminars, courses and postgraduate units of study are available to anyone with an interest in the area of study.

Continuing Legal Education is a requirement of the Law Society of New South Wales. Practising solicitors are required to obtain 10 units of MCLE annually in order to maintain registration as a legal practitioner. Continuing Professional Development is also a requirement of the New South Wales Bar Association. Barristers are required to accrue 10 points each practising certificate year. Seminars, courses and units of study offered under Sydney Law School's LPD Program meet the necessary requirements of both the Law Society of New South Wales and the New South Wales Bar Association in relation to their individual members.

Career Pathways

Graduates of the LLM will:

  • Possess an excellent and up-to-date knowledge of the law; the skills to understand and contribute to changes in professional practice or scholarship; and an ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations.
  • Possess knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the law, and the ability to undertake substantial research-based projects.
  • Possess cognitive skills such as critical judgement and critical thinking in the learning and application of law to policy, practice and academic pursuits. Possess cognitive, technical and creative skills to recognise, define, analyse, and solve complex legal problems, and to generate and evaluate complex ideas at an abstract level.
  • Use exceptional written and oral communication skills to communicate objective or persuasive conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Possess the skills to understand and contribute to changes in professional practice or scholarship, and demonstrate an ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations.
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
Future study options

Sydney Law School is a major international centre for legal research. The faculty has internationally renowned academic staff members whose expertise range across a wide variety of fields. Sydney Law School offers three higher degrees by research: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Laws by research (LLM) and Master of Criminology by research (MCrim).

Other study options

Participants in our Professional Plus+ program are able to audit postgraduate units of study, attending lectures and receiving copies of lecture notes. SUE students do not undertake assignments or examinations. Courses are offered by one of two methods, either attendance one night per week for 13 weeks, or by intensive mode. Courses offered as intensive units are normally conducted over four or five days. Courses are worth 24 MCLE/CPD points unless advertised otherwise. Individual units of study within the program may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to commit to the study of an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University; on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to approval, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course. You may undertake units in postgraduate programs in other faculties at the University of Sydney or at other universities subject to approval by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) on a cross-institutional basis. A formal application, detailing the academic content, attendance and assessment requirements of the unit(s) proposed to be completed should be made to the Law School first before applying to the other faculty or institution. If you are from another institution, you can also apply to study units at Sydney Law School upon approval from your home institution and the Law School.

Domestic students

International students

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