The Sydney Advantage - The Sydney LLM & Postgraduate Coursework Law @ Sydney

The Sydney Law School is a market leader in postgraduate legal education in Australia. In addition to our ever-popular Master of Laws (LLM) by coursework, we offer 22 specialist qualifications in law. Whether full-time or part-time, Sydney offers you a flexible program that includes units offered by intensive or evening seminar format, all taught with web support by national and international experts in their fields. Exclusive features of the Sydney Law School's postgraduate coursework program in law include:

State-Of-The-Art Facilities

As a student at Sydney Law School, you will attend classes at one of Australia's finest tertiary environments. Situated on the University's main campus in Camperdown, approximately 10 to 15 minutes from the Sydney Central Business District (CBD), the Law School Building is a flagship complex for legal tertiary education. It provides prestigious and well-equipped accommodation as befits one of Australia’s leading law schools and offers the highest quality teaching and learning and research facilities for students and staff.

The building consists of seven levels and accommodates the academic and administrative staff, together with a range of research centres and institutes. It incorporates collaborative spaces, meeting and conference rooms. There are a total of 23 teaching spaces within the building ranging from 300 and 100 seat lecture theatres, through to 60, 56, and 24 seat seminar facilities to suit a wide range of teaching requirements. It also accommodates a Moot Court facility, the Law Library and a spacious Forecourt.

A Wealth of Specialised & Intensive Units of Study

The Sydney Law School offers up to 150 units of study throughout its postgraduate program each year. 80 per cent of our units are now available on an intensive basis, where they are taught over a few days rather than a full semester.

Non-Lawyer Enrolment

Many of our postgraduate programs are open to non-lawyers. You do not have to have a law degree or work in the legal profession if you would like to enrol in our Health Law or Environmental Law programs for instance. We have pioneered an introductory unit specifically designed for non-lawyers - Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System - and many of our specialist Master's and Graduate Diplomas involve specialised compulsory study for non-lawyers.

Quality of Staff

Our level of staff expertise is well respected. Not only are many of our staff leaders in their fields, but we also draw on a range of international experts to deliver our programs.

Non-Award Enrolment

We have endeavoured to make our programs as flexible as possible. You can now enrol in any one of Sydney Law School's postgraduate units on a non-award basis where you don't have to commit to an entire program. If you complete the assessment, the uni may be counted towards Graduate Diploma or Master's Degree at a later date.

Legal Professional Development (LPD) and Single Unit Enrolment (SUE) Program

Our units of study are available to audit for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. By undertaking units via the Single Unit Enrolment Program, you can simply attend the classes and obtain the CLE points without doing the assessment. However, please note that units undertaken on this basis cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma or Master's degree at a later date.

Cross-Institutional Study

You may undertake units in postgraduate programs at other universities subject to approval. A formal application, detailing the academic content, attendance and assessment requirements of the unit(s) proposed to be completed is made to Sydney Law School first. If you are from another institution, you can also apply to study units at Sydney Law School upon approval from your home institution as well as the Sydney Law School.

Offshore Programs

Sydney Law School in Europe

The Sydney Law School offers a full coursework Master of Laws (LLM) in Europe, using the same units of study and personnel as the Law School's offerings in Sydney, Australia. Classes are held at a variety of locations including Berlin, London and Cambridge. You can combine study in Europe with study in Australia, or complete an entire program in Europe. The units are often delivered on an intensive basis, over four or five successive days or on successive weekends.

Sydney Law School in Europe

Shanghai Winter School

The Sydney Law School gives you the opportunity to undertake studies in Chinese law through the East China University of Politics and Law. You can experience an intensive mode of study taught by specific legal experts and supervised by staff from the Law School. Classes take place during the month of January.

Shanghai Winter School

Japanese Law

Sydney Law School teaches two offshore units in Japan, Japanese Law and Japanese Law and the Economy, in Kyoto and Tokyo respectively. Classes take place during February.

ANJeL Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars on Japanese law

South East Asia Winter School

This offshore unit of study - Legal Pluarlism in South East Asia - will take place in Malaysia and Indonesia and aims to equip you with the knowledge about legal systems, political environments and cultural practices they need to operate in the region.

The Malaysian component will be taught at the International Islamic University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, which has one of the largest and most prestigious law faculties in Malaysia. You will learn the fundamentals of the Malaysian legal system in the contexts of Malaysia's competing ethnicities, political and economic reform and the harmonisation of laws. A particular focus will be on the dual banking system and the role of Islamic law in the development of trade, banking and finance.

The Indonesian component of the course will be taught at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, which has one of Indonesia's finest law faculties. You will learn the fundamentals of the Indonesian legal system. This component will be geared towards not only those who want to practice commercial law in Indonesia, but also those who are interested in other areas, including law reform, human rights, Islamic law, constitutional law, environmental law and criminal law.

Himalayan Field School: Development and Human Rights

The Sydney Centre for International Law offers an innovative and exciting Himalayan Field School, conducted over two weeks inside Nepal, to explore the fascinating and difficult problems of development and human rights confronting developing countries. The Field School is an elective unit for credit towards undergraduate or postgraduate law degrees at Sydney Law School or other Australian universities. Please note that the Himalayan Field School will be taught next in 2015.

Himalayan Field School: Development and Human Rights