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Top 5 reasons to study a Master of Laws

15 February 2021
A flexible, career-soaring, international qualification
The Master of Laws will equip you with the knowledge to excel, flexibility, networking opportunities and the ability to work on a global stage, along with skills to stand out in the competitive legal landscape.

With the legal profession rapidly evolving, now more than ever lawyers need to be agile and have enhanced skills and knowledge to stand out and remain relevant.

Sydney Law School’s flagship Master of Laws (LLM) program is designed for the needs of the legal profession, and provides an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification, expert in-depth knowledge, and the option to tailor the program to suit your individual needs. 

The future of the legal profession will change significantly from what traditional legal practice has involved. Technological change, shifting client expectations and increased competition will require lawyers be more agile and to offer a broader range of services. It’s an exciting time to be graduating from law school because there are so many ways to use your law degree and there are so many important social issues that need the sort of complex problem solving and analytical skills that law graduates can provide.
Professor Jason Harris, Sydney Law School

1. A flexible degree that you can tailor to your needs

Margaret Kearney, Master of Laws at Sydney Law School

Margaret Kearney, Master of Laws

We understand that people have specific goals in mind when they undertake the LLM and that they are often working while studying. Which is why we offer flexibility with our LLM.

Sydney’s LLM program is one of Australia’s largest, with more than 100 units of study offered each year. So, you can tailor the program to meet your individual goals and interests, while customising your studies around your existing commitments.

The University of Sydney LLM appealed to me because of the variety of subjects on offer, in particular in areas of law in which I'm most interested, including contracts and media law. The program is also flexible so I am able to tailor my study to fit around full time work. The variety of courses offered makes this very achievable.
Margaret Kearney, Master of Laws

2. Build a global legal network

A key driver in being successful in today’s legal landscape is having a broad professional network of inspiring legal minds around you.

As an LLM student, you will network and connect with fellow high quality students and senior members of the legal profession. The industry networks and friendships you form as a student will be invaluable as you move forward in your career. 

You also join an illustrious network of scholars, practitioners, and alumni, providing you with global connections and opportunities only accessible to Sydney graduates.

3. Study at one of the world’s top ranked law schools

Sydney Law School offers more than 150 years of experience and is a world leading law school, ranked 13 in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

By studying a Sydney LLM, you have the opportunity to study at a top law school and learn from leading practitioners and academics who are world-renowned thought leaders. 

You will gain in-depth insight from, and have direct access to, High Court judges who have handed down judgments you will study, and lawyers who were involved in high profile cases or reform processes. 

4. Prepare for an international career with a sought-after degree

On a global stage, you will be recognised as having graduated from a world leading law school. So, by studying at a law school that is ranked 13 in the world means that our reputation becomes your reputation. 

The Sydney LLM opens the doors to a global pathway, providing limitless opportunities including career progression, and you will be equipped with the knowledge, skill and critical thinking needed to go down an autonomous pathway.

The Law School is also part of a highly regarded group of law schools worldwide including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Peking and Tsinghua. These connections provide unique opportunities to gain international experience, preparing you for a career in a global dynamic environment.

5. Flexible fee structure

The LLM program creates a pathway for ambition and we don’t want financial constraints to get in the way. 

The LLM offers flexible fee structures including ‘pay as you go’ where students are only invoiced for the units of study they enrol in, and not the entire course fee up front.

The program also attracts FEE-HELP for those eligible, and the course fees may also be tax deductible.

There are also a range of scholarships on offer for both domestic and international students.

Studying a Sydney LLM opens doors. 

There is never a time to stop learning and if you have the opportunity or the interest in pursuing further study, it will only benefit you. It can be difficult to juggle with other commitments and seems like a huge time commitment at the outset, but it will be truly worth it, and the time will pass anyway.
Margaret Kearney, Master of Laws

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