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Postgraduate courses in law

Ranked 14th in the world*
The future of law is changing. As the digital age reshapes the very nature of work, our postgraduate programs will provide you with specialist knowledge for a globalised legal environment.

Open to law and non-law graduates^, our degrees will equip you with an agile mindset, and the analytical and creative thinking needed to apply your legal knowledge within a wide variety of contexts – from business and international law, to health and environmental law.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.
^The Master of Laws is open to law graduates only.


Why study postgraduate law

We offer one of Australia’s largest and most specialised coursework programs in law, reflecting the latest developments within the practice and profession of law.

The Master of Laws (LLM) is our flagship postgraduate degree and provides lawyers with an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification, expert in-depth legal knowledge and the option to tailor the program to suit individual needs.

We also offer specialist coursework degrees, open to students with or without a legal background.

Graduate entry law degree 

The Juris Doctor (JD) is a graduate entry professional law degree which includes study of all the required areas of knowledge for admission to practise law in Australia.

The JD provides a pathway into the law profession for graduates from non-law degrees or for those with law degrees from overseas.

The Sydney JD will develop your analysis, research, writing and advocacy skills and its focus on international, comparative and transnational aspects of law will ensure you are well prepared for legal practice.

Postgraduate courses

Other study options

Our units of study are available to audit for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. By undertaking units via the Sydney Law School Professional Plus+ Program, you can simply attend the classes and obtain the CLE points without completing the assessment. 

Alternatively, you can enrol in any of our postgraduate law units on a non-award basis. This is ideal for those who do not wish to commit to an entire program. If you complete the assessment, the unit may be counted towards a Graduate Diploma of Masters degree in the future.

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, from discount automated services right up to full service offerings. 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

Postgraduate law at the University of Sydney

Our programs are taught by highly respected academic staff, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields, and by well-known visiting teaching staff from all over the world. 

We offer a huge variety of units of study in many different areas, most of which are taught intensively. This allows you to manage your study with your professional and personal circumstances.

As a lawyer, you will have the opportunity to share classes with non-lawyers and experience a dynamic and interactive study environment. 

For more information, see our postgraduate units of study timetable.

We offer the opportunity to take units of study overseas through one of our offshore programs: Himalayan Field School, Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars in Japanese Law, Southeast Asia Field School, Shanghai Winter School and the Sydney Law School in Europe.

Join an esteemed community of scholars, practitioners and alumni. Sydney Law School is part of a highly regarded group of law schools worldwide including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Peking and Tsinghua. The links provide unique opportunities to gain experience in international, comparative and transnational contexts.


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