Master of Laws
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The University of Sydney Master of Laws (LLM) is one of the most reputable law coursework programs in Australia. The LLM is a flexible and highly sought after degree catering specifically to the needs of the legal profession. You may choose from the entire range of postgraduate units on offer and tailor a course of study to suit your own academic and professional needs.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- JURS6018 - Constitutional Theory
- JURS6019 - Freedom of Speech
- LAWS6001 - Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
- LAWS6008 - Takeovers and Reconstructions
- LAWS6011 - Administrative Law
- LAWS6014 - Advanced Financing Techniques
- LAWS6022 - Internatl & Comparative Labour Law
- LAWS6030 - Corporate Taxation
- LAWS6032 - Crime Research and Policy
- LAWS6035 - Criminal Procedures
- LAWS6037 - International Import/Export Laws
- LAWS6039 - Discrimination in the Workplace
- LAWS6043 - Environmental Impact Assessment Law
- LAWS6044 - Environmental Law and Policy
- LAWS6045 - Environmental Planning Law
- LAWS6046 - Equity Financing
- LAWS6047 - Law of the Sea
- LAWS6048 - Explaining Crime
- LAWS6052 - Govt Regulation,Health Policy & Ethics
- LAWS6054 - Health Care and Professional Liability
- LAWS6059 - International Business Law
- LAWS6060 - International Commercial Arbitration
- LAWS6061 - International Environmental Law
- LAWS6062 - International Law-the Use of Armed Force
- LAWS6066 - Discretion in Criminal Justice
- LAWS6068 - Judicial Review-P'ciple,Pol & Procedure
- LAWS6071 - Labour Law
- LAWS6091 - Chinese International Taxation
- LAWS6096 - Work Safety
- LAWS6100 - Corporate Fundraising
- LAWS6105 - Child Sexual Abuse: Diverse Perspectives
- LAWS6107 - Tax Litigation
- LAWS6109 - UK International Taxation
- LAWS6112 - Law of Tax Administration
- LAWS6118 - Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
- LAWS6119 - The State and Global Governance
- LAWS6122 - Workplace Bargaining
- LAWS6123 - Transfer Pricing in International Tax
- LAWS6125 - Taxation of Corporate Finance
- LAWS6127 - Taxation & Regulation of Superannuation
- LAWS6128 - Comparative International Taxation
- LAWS6130 - Dispute Resolution in Australia
- LAWS6138 - Internatl Fin Transactions: Law & Prac
- LAWS6140 - Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
- LAWS6147 - Independent Research Project
- LAWS6149 - Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
- LAWS6153 - Comparative Corporate Taxation
- LAWS6159 - Insolvency Law
- LAWS6160 - Copyright and Copyright Industries
- LAWS6161 - International Human Rights
- LAWS6163 - Energy and Climate Law
- LAWS6165 - Biodiversity Law
- LAWS6167 - International Law II
- LAWS6169 - Capital Gains Tax
- LAWS6171 - US International Taxation
- LAWS6177 - Tax Treaties
- LAWS6182 - Independent Research Project A
- LAWS6183 - Independent Research Project B
- LAWS6187 - Functional Analysis of Law & Soc Control
- LAWS6191 - Water Law and Climate Change
- LAWS6193 - Criminal Justice: Prevention and Control
- LAWS6194 - Explaining Punishment
- LAWS6209 - Australian International Taxation
- LAWS6214 - Goods and Services Tax Principles A
- LAWS6218 - International Humanitarian Law
- LAWS6219 - International Criminal Law
- LAWS6222 - Corporate Governance
- LAWS6227 - Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
- LAWS6243 - International Law I
- LAWS6244 - Taxation of Corporate Groups
- LAWS6247 - Securities and Markets Regulation
- LAWS6250 - Controlling Liability by Contract
- LAWS6257 - Public Policy
- LAWS6264 - Compliance: Financial Services Industry
- LAWS6301 - Corruption and International Development
- LAWS6305 - Workplace Investigations
- LAWS6307 - Expert Evidence & Class Action Procedure
- LAWS6308 - Philosophy of Law
- LAWS6310 - Advanced Competition Law
- LAWS6313 - Law of Not-for-Profits
- LAWS6314 - Coastal and Marine Law
- LAWS6315 - White Collar and Corporate Crime
- LAWS6316 - Theories of the Judiciary
- LAWS6317 - Regulation of Corporate Crime
- LAWS6318 - Corporate Innovation and Abuse
- LAWS6319 - Fund of the Board & Directors' Duties
- LAWS6320 - Climate Disaster Law
- LAWS6810 - Fundamentals of Corporate Law
- LAWS6816 - Labour Law in the Global Economy
- LAWS6821 - Mediation - Skills and Theory
- LAWS6824 - Commercial Conflict of Laws
- LAWS6825 - Introduction to Australian Business Tax
- LAWS6828 - Goods and Services Tax Principles B
- LAWS6836 - Precedent,Interpretation & Probability
- LAWS6838 - Competition Law
- LAWS6839 - Critical Issues in Public Health Law
- LAWS6840 - Tax of Business and Investment Income A
- LAWS6841 - Tax of Business and Investment Income B
- LAWS6844 - US Corporate Law
- LAWS6846 - Human Rights and the Global Economy
- LAWS6848 - Law and Healthy Lifestyles
- LAWS6852 - Doing Business in China
- LAWS6856 - Anti-Terrorism Law
- LAWS6857 - Introduction to Chinese Law
- LAWS6859 - Law of Agency
- LAWS6864 - New Tech,Risk and Environmental Law
- LAWS6865 - International Dispute Resolution
- LAWS6873 - Principles of Intellectual Property
- LAWS6877 - Mental Illness: Law and Policy
- LAWS6879 - Japanese Law
- LAWS6882 - Insurance Contract Law
- LAWS6888 - Risk,Fear and Insecurity
- LAWS6891 - GST - International Issues
- LAWS6892 - Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
- LAWS6896 - Internatl & Comparative Criminal Justice
- LAWS6900 - Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
- LAWS6903 - Interpreting Commercial Contracts
- LAWS6906 - Taxation of Financial Products
- LAWS6912 - Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
- LAWS6916 - International Investment Law
- LAWS6920 - Global Health Law
- LAWS6928 - Law,Justice and Development
- LAWS6932 - Law and Investment in Asia
- LAWS6933 - Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
- LAWS6936 - Carbon Trading,Derivatives and Taxation
- LAWS6937 - Employment Law Advocacy
- LAWS6940 - Theories of Law
- LAWS6944 - Regulation of Mkt Manipulation & Abuse
- LAWS6946 - Tax Treaties Special Issues
- LAWS6947 - Advanced Obligations and Remedies
- LAWS6950 - Plain English in Legal Writing
- LAWS6953 - Law of Asset Protection
- LAWS6955 - Fundamentals of Finance Law
- LAWS6956 - Personal Property Securities
- LAWS6957 - Shareholders' Remedies
- LAWS6965 - Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance
- LAWS6970 - Forensic Psychology
- LAWS6976 - The Causation Element
- LAWS6982 - Law of Economic Integration in the EU
- LAWS6984 - Economics of Tax Policy
- LAWS6987 - Fundamentals of Commercial Law
- LAWS6997 - Cross-Border Deals
Further course information
Master of Laws candidates complete 48 credit points, which is equivalent to 8 units of study. Candidates are able to choose the prescribed number of units from the entire range of electives on offer, permitting them to concentrate on one area or combine their interests in a number of fields.
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.
Course outcomes and further study
The Master of Laws (LLM) is designed for legal practitioners and law graduates who wish to upgrade their undergraduate qualification(s) for the purposes of career advancement within the field of law or another relevant area.
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.
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. The faculty also has the largest postgraduate research program in Australia with more than 100 research students, many from interstate or overseas, currently enrolled in doctoral or masters programs. Sydney Law School offers four higher degrees by research: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD), Master of Laws by research (LLM) and Master of Criminology by research (MCrim).
Other study options
Participants in our Single Unit Enrolment (SUE) 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.
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) a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney with a minimum credit average, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate diploma with a minimum credit average, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in April. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Laws.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Laws.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.