Master of Laws (LLM) by Coursework & Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw)

Sydney Law School Postgraduate Coursework Video - The Sydney LLM

The University of Sydney’s Master of Laws (LLM) program is one of the most reputable law coursework programs in Australia. It is a flexible and highly sought after degree that caters specifically for the needs of the legal profession in many areas of specialisation. Candidates may choose from the entire range of units on offer in our postgraduate program, permitting candidates to tailor a program to suit their academic and professional needs.

If you do not wish to commit to a full Master's program, but have a law degree and are interested in studying our coursework units, you may want to consider our Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw). In line with our flexible learning objective, you may transfer to the Master of Laws (LLM) if you wish to undertake further study. The minimum course duration is six months for full-time candidates, and one year for part-time candidates.

Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and 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:

Masters of Laws (LLM)

Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw)

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Cameron Stewart

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Postgraduate Team

Areas of Specialisation

The Sydney LLM enables you to select from our extensive collection of specialist units of study.

Admission requirements

An undergraduate degree in law or equivalent at an appropriate level.

Program structure

The Sydney LLM requires 48 credit points, equivalent to eight units of study, for completion. 24 credit points are required for completion of the Graduate Diploma in Law. Credit may be available for units completed towards an equivalent degree at another law school.

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.


(from first enrolment)
Master's Coursework FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 6 YEARS*
Graduate diploma FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 3 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

Candidates can choose from the full range of units offered by the Law School in any given year. For the latest offerings, visit the units of study section.

Independent Research Project

 Independent Research Project Closing Dates
Independent Research Project 
 Semester 1
 Semester 2
 30 September
30 April


One of the strengths of the program is its teaching staff, who bring a rich depth of knowledge and experience from professional law practice, teaching and research. Sydney Law School provides a base to pursue the highest standards of innovative scholarship. For further information, visit the Our People section of the website.