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University of Melbourne

Melbourne University, 197-235 Bouverie St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the prestigious 2012 Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 28th in the world and no. 1 in Australia. Founded in 1853, it is the second oldest university in Australia, and the oldest in Victoria. The main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the Melbourne CBD, however it has several other campuses located across Victoria. The university has over 35,000 students and nearly 7,200 staff members The University is also Australia’s leader in the Shanghai Jiao Tong and Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan rankings. Melbourne's membership of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and U21, as well as involvement in other international business and cultural institutions like the Business Councils for China, India and Malaysia means its reputation precedes it.

The Law School

Australia’s first law school opened at the University of Melbourne in 1857. It combined scholarly teaching of the principles of law with preparation for legal practice. Soon, Victoria became one of the first places in the common-law world where all lawyers had to do part of their training at university.

Since 1857, the Melbourne Law School has educated judges and prime ministers, practising lawyers and academics. Its former students are found in varied occupations throughout Australia and the world. Melbourne Law School currently has approximately 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is widely regarded as being one of Australia's top law schools. The law School is located a simple 15 minute walk from the center of the city, or a short tram ride.

Melbourne Law School has a talented, diverse and energetic community of staff and students, each of whom brings his or her own perspectives, experiences and ideas to the study and understanding of the law. This diversity allows for fascinating exchange and a rich learning environment. Its programs, and 16 research centres, span the spectrum of legal endeavour and provide many opportunities for students to engage with experts and leaders in all areas of the law. Its international partnerships connect it to the leading law schools in the United Kingdom, Asia and North America and include its flagship joint degrees with Oxford University, New York University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Tuition Fees

Course fees 2010

Master of Laws by Coursework, specialist masters degrees and graduate diplomas
Per subject: AU$3,712.50

Master of Laws by Coursework and Minor Thesis
Per subject: AU$3,712.50
Minor thesis: AU$14,850 (one semester full-time or two semesters part-time)

Single subjects
Per subject: AU$3,712.50
Audit (not assessed): AU$2,970

Fees are subject to change.

The Program

Melbourne Law School’s Master of Laws (LLM) is internationally recognised as a graduate degree in law of the highest quality, providing broad subject choice and scholarship. This course is ideal for law graduates who wish to enhance their skills in a particular legal area or simply gain a broader knowledge of the law. Students in the LLM can choose from all subjects available in the Melbourne Law Masters, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your professional aspirations. Students may also choose to undertake the Master of Laws as a combination of coursework and a minor thesis.

The program is composed of the Master of Laws (by coursework or a combination of coursework and minor thesis). It also offers the following 20 core areas of legal specialization:

- Asian Law
- Banking and Finance Law
- Commercial Law
- Communications Law
- Competition Law
- Construction Law
- Corporations and Securities Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Environment, Energy and Resources Law
- Government Law
- Health and Medical Law
- Human Rights Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Economic Law
- International Law
- International Tax
- Labor Relations Law
- Law and Development
- Sports Law
- Tax

The courses are offered both full-time and part-time.

Entry Requirements

Basic entry requirement-- a degree in law leading to admission to legal practice (LLB, JD or equivalent), at honors standard or equivalent; or a degree in law leading to admission to legal practice (LLB, JD or equivalent) and the equivalent of at least two years of full-time, documented, relevant professional experience.

Please see the school's website for detailed entry requirements as requirements vary according to the program selected.

English language requirements may apply to international students and Australian permanent residents.