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University of Newcastle

Warabrook, NSW 2304, Australia
Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe. The University of Newcastle has a student population of 37,000 students, including over 7,800 international students from more than 80 countries. The University of Newcastle offers programs across five faculties with over 85 undergraduate programs on offer and our range of postgraduate study options is continually growing. Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world. We are ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and we have not yet turned 50.

The Law School

With its excellent reputation for the quality of its academic programs and research the Newcastle Law School has fostered an intellectual community devoted to the development of the next generation of lawyers. Law School staff are committed to research-driven teaching and are widely published in a number of areas including international law, commercial law, corporate law, family law, criminal law, and human rights law.

Our graduates excel in successful careers in Australia and abroad using the experience gained through world-class professional programs and skills-based education.

Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to practice law globally, as our teaching and curriculum provides a transnational insight into understanding law and the legal system.

Alongside a well-established reputation for clinically focussed undergraduate legal education, the School offers postgraduate legal study through the Master of Laws (LLM) and a Juris Doctor (JD).

Newcastle’s Juris Doctor is designed for those looking for admission into legal practice and is studied concurrently with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, allowing students to develop both high level academic and legal skills, whilst also providing practical and real world experience.

Newcastle Law School has established community based Legal Centre which provides legal services to the Newcastle community and allows students to gain work-ready skills and experience.

Tuition Fees

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A limited number of partial scholarships (fee waiver) may be available on the basis of merit and neednew.

The Program

The Master of Laws program has been designed to provide students with advanced legal knowledge and research skills with a strong emphasis on international, transnational and/or commercial law.

This will be achieved through providing students with advanced training in legal research techniques and opportunity to choose from a range of specialised courses with an international, transnational and/or commercial flavour.
The Master of Laws program has been designed for law graduates and legal practitioners looking to fast track their legal career or develop a specialisation in a more focused area of the law.

The Newcastle Law School is a supportive and research-focused faculty, deeply committed to teaching. The Law School has fostered an intellectual community devoted to the development of the next generation of lawyers.

Through an innovative and integrated approach to legal education, the Newcastle Law School provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and expertise required by the 21st century legal professional.

The program equips students with advanced disciplinary knowledge of Australian domestic law and relevant international legal instruments. The skills and capacities developed in the Master of Laws program will be essential for the 21st century legal professional in both the Australian context and in the globalised legal environment.


The program consists of two semester length core courses in Advanced Legal Research (see below) and six directed courses from which students can choose to study in the following areas:

• Legal System of Australia (this course must be chosen by students who have obtained their undergraduate law degree outside Australia)
• Corporations, Globalisation and Human Rights
• Advanced Corporate Governance
• Competition Law and Policy
• Advanced International Human Rights Law
• International Human Rights Law: Collective Rights
• Advanced Public International Law
• International Environmental Law and Policy
• International Climate Change Law and Policy
• Global Administrative Law
• International Private Law
• International Air and Space Law
• Crime and Society
• Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice
• International Child and Family Law
• Advanced Legal Research Project

For further information please visit http://gradschool.edu.au/programs/overview/master-laws

Entry Requirements

Students will be required to have completed the following requirements for admission to the program:

An AQF level 8 Law qualification, such as a:

a) Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree either embedded (320 units) or ‘end-on’ (80 units) or equivalent law degree from a recognised tertiary education institution, or

b) Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Laws degree, or

c) an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in Law and have completed a minimum of two years relevant work experience in a legal environment (RPL). RPL will be assessed by the Program Convenor through the consideration of a statement outlining the relevant work experience. Transcripts and detailed CVs must be provided to the University.

d) One of the degrees below: i)a five year combined law degree program (400 units of learning in total, at least 240 cognate) or ii) a four year Bachelor of Laws degree program (320 units of learning, all cognate) or iii) a three year graduate entry Bachelor of Law program following the completion of a three year non-cognate degree (480 units of learning in total, at least 240 cognate)

Application Procedure

For information on the application process please visit the University of Newcastle International Office page:


All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the requirements for admission.