Overview

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.

Applications

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.

Career Pathways

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.

Specialisations

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.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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