Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR)

About the Program

The MLLR degree prepares graduates for professional work in the areas of labour law and industrial relations practice. The degree equips students with the knowledge and skills to negotiate the legal and policy issues that arise in the labour law discipline, and to understand and master the difficult relationship between human resources and industrial relations practice, and the complex legal framework governing labour relations in Australia and overseas.

Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to operate confidently and effectively in industrial relations environments in which lawyers and industrial relations practitioners operate side by side with human resources managers.

The core curriculum (including compulsory and elective units of study) covers a range of labour law and labour relations related areas, covering the myriad issues arising from the engagement of persons to perform work (through employment or otherwise), and the regulation of the collective activities of workers. In the law core curriculum, this includes regulation of contracts for the performance of work; collective negotiation of the terms and conditions of employment; the legal obligations and rights applicable to employers and employees arising out of Statute, industrial instruments and the common law; discrimination at work; labour rights of migrants; workplace health and safety; workplace advocacy; dispute resolution; international and comparative perspectives; global governance and policy; regulation of industrial organisations; and workplace investigations.

The Work and Organisational Studies core curriculum examines the institutions and processes of industrial relations from a national and international perspective, emphasising laws, institutions and social processes.

The optional curriculum (max 12 credit points) allows students to undertake some of their studies in related areas in order to fill specific knowledge and skill gaps related to labour law and relations practice, or to further undergraduate specialisations with the human resources / industrial relations arenas. This curriculum includes the regulation of contracts and corporations; international human rights frameworks; the political economy of labour markets; and advanced Master level units in industrial relations and human relations practice including international human resources management; organisational strategy and behaviour; leadership and strategic human resoiurces management.

Some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.

Please read through How to apply and ensure all relevant application documents are available to upload before applying online:

Program Co-ordinator

Associate Professor Shae McCrystal

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

Admission requirements

Entry to the MLLR is open to both lawyers and those with relevant degrees in other disciplines who wish to specialise in employment and industrial law.

Program structure

A full-time candidature in the MLLR is one year, with a maximum completion time of three years. A part-time candidate may complete the program within a minimum of two years, and a maximum of six.
The degree requires the completion of 48 credit points of coursework units. Each unit of study is equivalent to six credit points.

There are two pathways below that apply based on when students had enrolled in the MLLR.

Students who first enrolled prior to 1 January 2015

  • 24 credit points from Sydney Law School
  • 24 credit points from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.

Students who first enrol on or after 1 January 2015

  • A minimum of 24 credit points from Sydney Law School
  • A maximum of 12 credit points from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies or Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Attendance pattern

Each unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time.

Duration

ATTENDANCE CREDIT POINTS(CP) PER SEMESTER MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 6 YEARS*
PART-TIME max 12 CP 6 YEARS*
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

Units of study

Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.

Candidates must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the compulsory unit(s) of study prior to undertaking the elective units of study.

The units of study available is dependant on when you had enrolled in the MLLR.

Prior to 1 January 2015 | After 1 January 2015


Students who first enrolled prior to 1 January 2015

Compulsory Core Units of Study offered by Faculty of Law
Labour Law
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System *
*Candidates without a law degree or equivalent from a common law jurisdiction must undertake this unit prior to enrolling in other law units.
- Credit will not be granted for WORK6116 Employment and the Law and completion of this unit will not be sufficient to obtain an exemption from the compulsory unit LAWS6071 Labour Law.
Compulsory Core Units of Study offered by Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies

MLLR students are required to complete a maximum of 24 credit points of approved units offered by the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, including the following core unit:

  • WORK6018 International Industrial Relations or equivalent – students who first enrolled prior to 1 January 2010; or
  • WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies – students who first enrolled in 2010; or
  • Please note this is not applicable to students who first enrolled between the years 2011 and 2014.
Elective Units of Study offered by Faculty of Law
Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit points (18 credit points if exempt from LAWS6252) of elective units of study offered by Faculty of Law:
Advanced Employment Law
Discrimination in the Workplace*
Dispute Resolution in Australia
Executive Employment
Immigration and Labour Law
Industrial Associations: Trade Unions and Employer Associations
Independent Research Project
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Mediation – Skills and Theory*
Workplace Bargaining
*Students may enrol in this unit before completing Labour Law (LAWS6071)
Elective Units of Study offered by Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies
A maximum of  24 credit points (or 18cp for students first enrolled prior to 1 January 2011) of elective units of study offered by Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies
International Dimensions of HRM
Leadership in Organisations
Management and Organisations
Managing Communication in Organisations
Organisational Sustainability
People, Work and Employment
Industrial Relations Policy
Management and Organisations
Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
Organisational Change and Development
Organisational Sustainability
People, Work and Employment
Strategic Management
The Innovative Firm
Non-Law Elective Timetable - Students who first enrolled prior to 1 January 2015 (pdf)

Students who first enrol on or after 1 January 2015

Compulsory Core Units of Study
Industrial Relations Policy (WORK6012) - Offered by Discipline of Work & Organisations Studies
Labour Law
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System *
*Candidates without a law degree or equivalent from a common law jurisdiction must undertake this unit prior to enrolling in other law units.

- Credit will not be granted for WORK6116 Employment and the Law and completion of this unit will not be sufficient to obtain an exemption from the compulsory unit LAWS6071 Labour Law.
Core Units of Study offered by Faculty of Law
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit points (24 credit points if exempt from LAWS6252) of core units of study:
Advanced Employment Law
Discrimination in the Workplace*
Dispute Resolution in Australia*
Executive Employment
Immigration and Labour Law
Industrial Associations: Trade Unions and Employer Associations
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Workplace Bargaining
*Students may enrol in this unit before completing Labour Law (LAWS6071)

Elective Units of Study offered by Faculty of Law

A maximum of 12 credit points of elective units of study offered by: Faculty of Law
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties
Independent Research Project
International Human Rights
Mediation – Skills and Theory*
 *Students may enrol in this unit before completing Labour Law (LAWS6071)

Elective Units of Study offered by Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies

Human Resource Strategies
Leadership in Organisations
Management and Organisations
Managing Communication in Organisations
Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
Organisational Change and Development
Organisational Sustainability
People, Work and Employment
Strategic Management
The Innovative Firm
Non-Law Elective Timetable - Students who first enrol on or after 1 January 2015 (pdf)

Elective Units of Study offered by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Core Concepts in Political Economy
Global Employment and Migration
Non-Law Elective Timetable - Students who first enrol on or after 1 January 2015 (pdf)

Staff

Staff teaching in this program have active research programs and publication records in labour law and relations. Information on individual staff, their research interests and publications, may be obtained from Our People section of the website.