Master of Laws (LLM)

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Designed for law graduates and legal practitioners who seek to advance their legal knowledge and enhance their professional skills, the University of Newcastle LLM features:

  • real life learning opportunities
  • high-quality teaching in core and emerging areas of law
  • a local-to-global perspective on contemporary legal and policy issues
  • a small student cohort in a supportive professional environment
  • affordable tuition fees and scholarship opportunities

Real Life Learning

Newcastle Law School is well known for the strength of its clinical legal education and real-life, experience-based learning. LLM students can combine advanced study and research with practical opportunities to build professional skills. You may choose to prepare a legal research report for a partner organisation, participate in a legal clinic or other internship, and attend events to interact with industry, government and community groups.

High Quality Teaching in Core and Emerging Areas

Choose from a broad range of subjects and tailor the LLM to your interests or career area. The program offers many courses in the field of International Business Law and cutting-edge electives in areas such as environmental and climate change law, international child and family law, and human rights law.

You will learn from lecturers who are experts in their field, participate in interactive seminars and have access to quality online learning resources. With one-to-one supervision by one of our experienced faculty members, you may choose to complete an Advanced Legal Research project in an area of special interest to you.

Many courses will be offered in intensive blocks over a four-day period.


Early applications for the LLM are highly recommended. Once you receive an offer, you will be invited to attend an in-person or online information session to discuss the program details. To be eligible for this session you must apply by 15 December 2014.

Is it for you?

As a law graduate or legal professional, the LLM enables you to extend your skills in legal research and analysis, whilst broadening your existing knowledge of domestic and international law and policy.

A Local to Global Perspective

Issues affecting business, governments, families and citizens in your community are increasingly being shaped by global forces. As Australia’s largest regional economy, Newcastle provides a dynamic, local setting for an LLM where student will engage in rigorous analysis of legal problems from local and global perspectives.

Many courses include international, transnational or comparative law elements, exploring different legal approaches to problems, analysing intersections between the Australian legal system and other domestic legal systems, and understanding legal relations among states.

You will critically appraise the role of law in promoting strong economies, resilient communities and global relationships.

Small Student Cohort

You will be part of a small, friendly cohort of postgraduate law students where you will build lasting professional networks and join an exclusive alumni group.

Affordable Fees and Scholarships

Scholarships are available to provide up to three international students per year with a $5000 reduction in fees.


The two core courses in legal research will provide advanced training in contemporary approaches to legal research, focusing on both the design and implementation of a legal research project.

The range of elective courses available in the program will allow you to develop specialised knowledge in areas relevant to your career and professional interests.

Flexible study options

Many LLM courses will be delivered in intensive mode, with attendance at classes over four days during the semester, possibly on weekends. If there is sufficient student demand, some intensive courses may be delivered in Sydney.

The location and mode of delivery of the LLM courses (i.e. whether in Newcastle or Sydney) will at all times remain at the discretion of Newcastle Law School.

Master of Laws (LLM) structure

The program consists of two core courses in Advanced Legal Research (one per semester) and six elective courses in various areas, with many options in International Business Law.

Compulsory Courses

  • Advanced Legal Research I
  • Advanced Legal Research II  
  • Legal System of Australia (this course is compulsory for students who obtained their undergraduate law degree outside Australia)

Elective Courses - General

  • Advanced Legal Research Project
  • International Environmental Law and Policy
  • International Climate Change Law and Policy
  • International Child and Family Law
  • Advanced International Human Rights Law
  • International Human Rights Law: Collective Rights
  • Advanced Public International Law
  • Global Administrative Law
  • International Air and Space Law
  • Crime and Society
  • Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice

Elective Courses - International Business Law

  • Advanced Corporate Governance
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • International Insolvency Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Corporations, Globalisation and Human Rights
  • International Private Law
  • Australian International Taxation
  • Advanced Taxation Law
  • Corporate Taxation Law 

Courses in the field of International Business Law will expand your knowledge of legal rules applicable to a variety of private transactional settings. You will explore the role of law and legal regulation as it intersects with business practice.

Advanced legal research component

Advanced Legal Research I (compulsory) - In your first semester, you will develop the specialised knowledge and skills required to design a legal research project in an area of your choice.

Advanced Legal Research II (compulsory) - In your second semester, you will finalise the design of, and carry out, your chosen research project. You may have the opportunity to conduct your research on a real-life issue for a partner organisation.

Advanced Legal Research Project (elective) - You may choose to complete an Advanced Legal Research project in an area of special interest to you. A faculty member with relevant research experience will provide one-to-one supervision. We will provide guidance on publishing your work if you would like to develop a publication profile.


The Master of Laws (LLM) is a prestigious legal qualification that is recognised internationally.

You may use this qualification to pursue a range of exciting and stimulating legal or non-legal career opportunities that are suited to your professional and personal aspirations and interests.

The LLM will help you develop the expert judgment, creativity and adaptability valued by employers in a dynamic and globalised legal market.

You may apply the advanced knowledge and skills you develop in the Master of Laws (LLM) program to a wide range of professional contexts, including:

  • Private legal practice: you may use the Master of Laws (LLM) program to develop specialised knowledge and advanced legal research and analysis skills that are highly valued by many law firms and legal practitioners.
  • The corporate sector: the Master of Laws (LLM) program offers you the opportunity to develop advanced legal expertise and professional skills to pursue a career as in-house counsel or a corporate officer with a legal role.
  • Government and public administration: your advanced skills in legal research and analysis developed in the Master of Laws (LLM) program will assist in pursuing careers in law reform and legal policy development.
  • Non-governmental organisations: you may use the specialised knowledge and advanced skills developed in the Master of Laws (LLM) program to pursue a legal, policy or research role within a range of domestic and international non-governmental organisations.

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