Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR)


Bradley Clark, Master of Labour Law & Relations (MLLR)

“My course granted me new perspectives only visible through the lens of critical legal thinking and intellectual rigour encouraged by the Sydney Law School. I can say with confidence that my degree is respected and valued by my current employer, and positions me ahead of the pack for prospective future roles.”

Brad Clark, Master of Labour Law & Relations (MLLR)


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.

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.

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.

There are two course resolutions, please select from the dropdown box:

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

Compulsory core units of study 2016

Labour Law
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System*
Industrial Relations Policy (WORK6012)
*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 2016

A minimum of 18 credit points (24 credit points if exempt from LAWS6252) of core units of study:
Please note that only highlighted core units of study in this table are being offered this year.
Advanced Employment Law (LAWS6013)
Discrimination in the Workplace *
Dispute Resolution in Australia *
Employment Law Advocacy
Executive Employment (LAWS6818)
Immigration and Labour Law (LAWS6195)
Industrial Associations: Trade Unions and Employer Associations (LAWS6999)
International and Comparative Labour Law (LAWS6022)
International Industrial Relations (WORK6018)
Labour Law in the Global Economy (LAWS6816)
Work Health and Safety: Law and Policy
Workplace Bargaining
Workplace Investigations
*Students may enrol in this unit before completing Labour Law (LAWS6071)

Law Elective units of study

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 Regulation
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties (LAWS6319)
Independent Research Project
International Human Rights
Mediation – Skills and Theory *
*Students may enrol in this unit before completing Labour Law (LAWS6071)

 

A maximum of 12 credit points of elective units of study offered by any of the following faculties/departments

Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies

Human Resource Strategies (WORK6017)
International Dimensions of HRM (WORK6108)
International Industrial Relations (WORK6018)
Leadership in Organisations (WORK6130)
Management and Organisations (WORK5003)
Managing Communication in Organisations (WORK6118)
Organisational Analysis and Behaviour (WORK6001)
Organisational Sustainability (WORK6033)
People, Work and Employment (WORK5002)
Performance and Rewards (WORK6030)
Strategic Management (WORK6002)
Talent Management (WORK6034)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Core Concepts in Political Economy (ECOP6101)
Global Employment and Migration (ECOP6015)

 

 

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.

Core units of study

Labour Law
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System*

Elective units of study

12 credit points (18 credit points if exempt from LAWS6252) of law elective units of study:

Advanced Employment Law (LAWS6013)
Discrimination in the Workplace *
Dispute Resolution in Australia
Executive Employment (LAWS6818)
Employment Law Advocacy
Immigration and Labour Law (LAWS6195)
Industrial Associations: Trade Unions and Employer Associations (LAWS6999)
Independent Research Project
International and Comparative Labour Law (LAWS6022)
Labour Law in the Global Economy (LAWS6816)
Mediation – Skills and Theory *
Work Health and Safety: Law and Policy
Workplace Bargaining
Workplace Investigations
*Students may enrol in this unit before completing Labour Law (LAWS6071)

 

and 24 credit points of approved units offered by the Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies

Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies

Human Resource Strategies (WORK6017)
International Dimensions of HRM (WORK6108)
International Industrial Relations (WORK6018)
Leadership in Organisations (WORK6130)
Management and Organisations (WORK5003)
Managing Communication in Organisations (WORK6118)
Organisational Analysis and Behaviour (WORK6001)
Organisational Sustainability (WORK6033)
People, Work and Employment (WORK5002)
Performance and Rewards (WORK6030)
Strategic Management (WORK6002)
Talent Management (WORK6034)

Enrolment Enquiries

Applications are still open. However, 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.


Current Students

Please visit the Enrolment information for Master’s and Graduate Diploma students page.


Future Students

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.

Please refer to the Admission to candidature - Faculty Handbook

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


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.