Master of Laws (LLM) by Coursework & Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw)
The Master of Laws (LLM) is Sydney Law School’s flagship postgraduate degree. It is an advanced learning masters degree for law graduates seeking to enhance their learning in the field of law and to develop specialist legal skills and knowledge that are relevant to the practice of law, to the provision of legal services, or to academia.
You can choose from the entire range of units on offer in the Law School’s postgraduate program, making it a highly flexible degree that permits you to tailor a program to suit your academic and professional needs. Further, it allows you to broaden your skills and areas of knowledge in subject areas not previously covered in study or in professional practise and advance your learning in particular areas of law through focused study.
Units are taught by academic staff from the Sydney Law School, honorary academic staff, visiting scholars, and local and international experts. The vast majority of these units are also available to candidates enrolled in other specialised Masters programs, enhancing the interdisciplinary quality of the LLM.
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.
Teaching and Learning
Face-to-face learning within the Law School’s postgraduate coursework program typically occurs in intensive, seminar-style environment, with a focus on discussion and debate to develop a robust understanding of the application of legal principles (including legislation and principles emerging from judicial decisions, and other legal sources) to the relevant issue or challenge.
The diverse background and experience of both students and lecturers is a strength of the program; for example, practising lawyers can contextualise the application of legal principles, based on their experience as legal practitioners, whereas international students and members of School can contribute comparative perspectives and knowledge, based on their experience in non-Australian jurisdictions.
In addition, LLM candidates can enrol in a number of offshore units taught as part of Sydney Law School's Offshore Program designed to increase students’ exposure to foreign legal systems and legal cultures.
The Sydney LLM requires 48 credit points (including at least one unit of study in which the assessment consists substantially of a long research essay of 7,000 to 10,000 words in length – capstone experience), 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.
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.
|COURSE||ATTENDANCE||CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER||MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
|Master's Coursework||FULL-TIME||18-24 CP||6 YEARS*|
|PART-TIME||max 12 CP||6 YEARS*|
|Graduate diploma||FULL-TIME||18-24 CP||3 YEARS*|
|PART-TIME||max 12 CP||3 YEARS*|
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 section:
Areas of Specialisation
The Sydney LLM enables you to select from our extensive collection of specialist units of study.
Independent Research Project
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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.
Please visit the Enrolment information for Master’s and Graduate Diploma students page.
Please refer to the Admission to candidature - School Handbook
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)
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.