Master of Law in Australia

Master of Law in Australia

Master of Law in Australia
Suman PoudelThu Mar 31 2022

Master of Law in Australia is a 1 to 2-year graduate coursework. This course offers students comprehensive courses and subjects to start a successful legal academic career. 

The universities in Australia offer numerous majors in the master of law program. 

This course will help you build cognitive skills such as critical judgement and critical thinking in the learning and application of law to policy, practice and academic pursuits.

Additionally, you will also gain cognitive, communication, technical and creative skills to recognise, define, analyse, and solve complex legal problems. Consequently, you will be able to generate and evaluate complex ideas at an abstract level.

Australia offers a master of laws by research, master of laws by coursework etc. catering to the needs of students of different levels. 

Why study Master of Law in Australia? 

  • As you will see in the table below, 9 universities in Australia are ranked within the top 100 law universities in the world.  
  •  Multiple specialisations are available such as commercial and corporate law, criminal law and forensics, dispute resolution, global society and human rights, health law and community, labour and employment law, public law, human security, law studies, public sector governance and regulation, technology and innovation etc. 
  • Lawyers and other law-related sector professionals earn from AUD 50,000 to beyond AUD 100,000 per year in Australia. 
  • Only after 1 year of study ( this course is 1 year long in most Australian Universities), you can start working. 

Top Universities for Master of Law in Australia

According to the rankings made by Times Higher Education (THE Ranking), these are the best universities in Australia to get a law degree. 

Ranking in Australia

Global Ranking

University 

City

1

5

University of Melbourne

Melbourne

2

24

UNSW Sydney

Sydney

3

28

Australian National University

Canberra

4

30

University of Sydney

Sydney

5

74

The University of Queensland

Queensland

6

80

Monash University

Melbourne

7

=81

University of Technology Sydney

Sydney

8

83

University of Wollongong

Wollongong

9

84

University of Tasmania

Hobart

10

101–125

University of Adelaide

Adelaide

=11

126–150

Griffith University

Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan

=11

126–150

Queensland University of Technology

Brisbane

=11

126–150

University of South Australia

Adelaide

=11

126–150

Swinburne University of Technology

Hawthorn

=15

151–175

Curtin University

Perth

=15

151–175

Macquarie University

Sydney

=15

151–175

The University of Western Australia

Perth

Tuition Fees for Master of Law in Australia

The cost of studying Master of Law/ LLM in Australia is somewhat high. The fees range from AUD 30,000 to 45,000 in most universities. 

University

Annual tuition fees in AUD

University of Sydney

38,000

University of New South Wales

45,670

University of Melbourne

44,416

Monash University

37,800

University of Western Australia

40,900

Australian National University (ANU)

45,864

University of New England (UNE)

28,216

Bond University

45,680

University of Southern Queensland

31,120

University of Adelaide

46,000

Admission Requirements

Master in Law in Australia Admission Process

The admission process to get admitted into the Master of Law program in Australia is pretty straightforward. You need to prepare your academic and other documents mentioned below, make a student profile and upload the documents on the university website. 

These are the general documents that you need: 

  •  All Bachelor and +2 level documents (transcripts, character and provisional certificates)
  • A valid English Test Scores
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Application fees
  • Passport
  • Letter of Recommendation if asked
  • Proof of Experience if asked 
  • Proof of Scholarships if any

University Specific Eligibility Criteria for Master of Law in Australia

University of Sydney

  • Course Name: Master of Laws
  • Course Duration: 1 year
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0, minimum 6.0 in each section. 
    • TOEFL: Overall 96, minimum 19 in writing and 17 in reading speaking and listening.
    • PTE: Overall 68, minimum 54 in each band.
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to hold a minimum 3 year Bachelor's degree in Law or Juris Doctor with a minimum of 65%.

University of New South Wales

  • Course Name: Master of Laws
  • Course Duration: 1 year
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0, minimum 6.0 in each section. 
    • TOEFL: Overall 94, minimum 25 in writing and 23 in reading speaking and listening.
    • PTE: Overall 65, minimum 54 in each subtest
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass a Bachelor's degree in law or other relevant social science degrees with a minimum of the first division. 

University of Melbourne

  • Course Name: Master of Laws
  • Course Duration: 1 year
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0, minimum 7.0 in writing and  6.0 in other sections. 
    • TOEFL: Overall 94, minimum 27  in writing, 13 in reading, 18 in speaking and 13 in listening.
    • PTE: Overall 65, minimum 65 in writing and 50 in other sections. 
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to hold a minimum 3 year Bachelor's degree in Law or Juris Doctor with an honours standard or 2 years of documented relevant professional experience.

Monash University

  • Course Name: Master of Law in Health Law and Community
  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 
    • TOEFL: Overall 79, minimum 21 in writing, 13 in reading, 18 in speaking and 12 in listening.
    • PTE: Overall 58, minimum 50 in each band.
  • Academic Requirements: An Australian Bachelor's degree in law or its international equivalent with a minimum of 60%. 

Australian National University

  • Course Name: Master of Military and Defence Studies
  • Course Duration: 1 year
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum band scores of 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 80, minimum 20 in reading and writing and 18 in speaking and listening. 
    • PTE: Overall 64, minimum 55 in each band.
  • Academic Requirements: An Australian Bachelor's degree in law or Juris doctor, or graduate certificate in law with a minimum of 5.0 GPA.

University of Southern Queensland

  • Course Name: Master of Law in International Law
  • Course Duration: 1.5 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 
    • TOEFL: Overall 90, minimum 20 in each band
    • PTE: Overall 50, minimum 50 in each band.
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete an Australian Bachelor's degree in law or Juris Doctor or its international equivalent. Students with Bachelor's degrees in other fields approved by legal profession admission boards can also apply. 

University of Adelaide

  • Course Name: Master of Law
  • Course Duration: 1 year
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 
    • TOEFL: Overall 79, minimum 13 in reading and listening, 18 in speaking and 21 in writing. 
    • PTE: Overall 50, minimum 50 in each band.
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete an honours degree of Bachelor of Laws or equivalent with a minimum of credit average. 

Bond University

  • Course Name: Master of Law 
  • Course Duration: 1 year
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a professional law qualification such as Bachelor of Law, Juris Doctor etc. 

Scholarships

University

Scholarship

Value

Monash University

Achieving Potential Scholarship

Value: AUD 3,000

Achieving Potential Scholarship

Up to AUD 36,000

Faculty of Law International Asia Scholarship

25 % tO 100% tuition fee waiver

Faculty of Law Masters International Scholarship

Up to AUD 20,000. 

Monash Humanitarian Scholarship

Full course fees plus up to AUD 30,000 allowance

University of Technology, Sydney

UTS Grant for Masters by Coursework Students

AUD 3,000 towards your first session tuition fees

UTS Postgraduate Academic Excellence International Scholarship 

25 to 35%  waiver on tuition fees

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship

Full-tuition scholarship for the standard course duration.

UTS Onshore Postgraduate International Scholarship

25% tuition fee scholarship for the standard course duration.

Scope of Law in Australia post Master degree

The scope of a Master of Law degree in Australia is in Legal practice, public policy, government, law reform, international organisations, social services, international business, environmental governance and local government.

Other areas for career opportunities include 

  • legal aid agencies, advocacy organisations and commercial law firms  
  • government departments 
  • banking, finance and commerce 
  • business management 
  • environmental scientist 
  • education
  • policy, research and analysis.

These are some Law jobs and the average salaries for those jobs in Australia as listed by PayScale.

Job Title

Range

Average

Attorney, Government

AU$74k - AU$125k (Estimated *)

AU$92,242

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

AU$111k - AU$277k (Estimated *)

AU$176,234

Chief Information Security Officer

AU$170k - AU$365k (Estimated *)

AU$248,284

Corporate Lawyer

AU$56k - AU$89k (Estimated *)

AU$70,433

Government Program Manager

AU$95k - AU$178k (Estimated *)

AU$127,098

Human Resources (HR) Officer

AU$44k - AU$61k (Estimated *)

AU$52,363

Law Firm Partner

AU$120k - AU$243k (Estimated *)

AU$170,726

Policy Advisor

AU$72k - AU$124k (Estimated *)

AU$92,345

Senior Attorney

AU$122k - AU$329k (Estimated *)

AU$191,845

Senior Paralegal

AU$65k - AU$102k (Estimated *)

AU$82,003

Senior Professional Service Consultant

AU$69k - AU$117k (Estimated *)

AU$90,696

Senior Quantity Surveyor

AU$95k - AU$189k (Estimated *)

AU$133,646

Solicitor

AU$65k - AU$110k (Estimated *)

AU$84,968

 

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