Master of Laws (LLM)

OverviewWhat Will You Study

Overview

The Master of Laws program (LLM) is designed to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of a specialist area of law. All courses offered within the LLM program are developed for advanced study, contain a significant research component and focus on critical thinking and critical analysis of complex legal issues.  

Be taught by experts in their field

Students in the LLM program will be taught by the Faculty’s leading teachers and researchers, with experts from the practising profession and legal institutions around the world. You will learn from leading academics considered to be the most distinguished and experienced in Australia, in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Employment and Labour Relations Law and International Law.

Flexible Program Structure and Delivery

The LLM is a flexible program that offers a combination of online and intensive courses that are tailored to accommodate the needs of full-time and part-time students balancing work and study commitments. The LLM is focused on small classes that will support the development of your skills and promote advanced learning.

Choose what you learn

Key to this program is the ability of students to build their own degree. Students can choose 8 individual courses or choose a specialty, focusing on developing skills and knowledge that will provide the best outcomes according to their particular needs. Students who have a law degree that is not from a common law jurisdiction are required to complete Legal System of Australia as a core course.

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Study in NeW Space

All courses in the LLM are taught at NeW Space, a $95 million landmark education precinct. This unique building is an advanced learning space that supports collaboration and idea sharing in the heart of Newcastle.

International Study Experience or Legal Externship

Eligible students will have the opportunity to broaden their cross-cultural legal knowledge through participation in organised out of country activity, including international study experiences and international legal externships. For further information regarding the Newcastle International Study Experience and the Newcastle International Clinical Legal Externship please contact the Program Convenor.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (City Precinct)
Callaghan + Newcastle City

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

12333

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (City Precinct)
Callaghan + Newcastle City

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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CRICOS

079533G

Program Code

12333

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What Will You Study

Students are required to complete 8 courses (80 units) which they can choose from our list of cutting-edge courses, including Law for Startups, Food and Wine Law, Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business and International Air and Space Law.

Students can choose to specialise in any one of the following five specialist areas:

  • Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Law; and
  • Law in Practice.

In order to obtain a specialisation, students must complete 4 courses (40 units) from one of the specialist areas and an additional 4 courses (40 units) either from their specialisation stream or other directed courses.

Importance of Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

Various forms of dispute resolution are used to assist people to resolve differences, make decisions and settle disputes. The directed courses in the Dispute Resolution stream offer students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills which can be used in a range of conflict settings.

Study with the most distinguished and experienced Dispute Resolution academics in Australia.

Law in Practice

The Law in Practice specialisation is specifically designed for students who completed their Law degree overseas. Students who undertake this specialisation will complete courses required for practice in Australia.

Professional Development Points and Certification

Practitioners who undertake a course in the LLM program that is relevant to their professional development and practice may be eligible to earn Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD) through their study.

Undertaking your CPD through the LLM program gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills as a legal practitioner and improve the level of legal counsel you provide to your clients. It can also help you maintain a competitive edge in your area of practice and may assist those looking to move to a different area of practice.

Practitioners are advised to check with the CPD governing body in their jurisdiction for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Career Opportunities

Careers in Dispute Resolution

Upon completion of the LLM you will be able to use your specialised knowledge to advance your career and work in various areas including;

  • Legal practice or advice
  • In-house counsel
  • Public policy
  • Government sector
  • Non-government sector
  • Private sector, e.g. finance and business.

Our Academics

Dr-Elena-Aydos

Dr Elena Aydos

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney and Tilburg University (cotutelle)
  • Master of Philosophy, Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil
  • LLM in Finance Law, Economic Law & Taxation Law, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil
  • LLM in Public Law, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil

Program convener Dr Elena Aydos has a genuine passion for Law, research and teaching, and her pursuit of an academic career was a natural choice. At the Newcastle Law School, Elena teaches a number of courses, including Environmental Law, Law and Economics of Climate Change, Administrative Law, Taxation Law and Competition Law and Policy. These legal disciplines are inherently interdisciplinary and support the learning of law in connection with other areas, such as economics, public policy and social sciences.

Elena's lectures are engaging and innovative, focusing on 'law and economics' and different aspects of policy development and implementation in the areas of Taxation, Environment and Climate Change, and Competition Law. Whilst in Brazil, Elena also taught Taxation Law and Climate Change Law and supervised a number of Honours dissertations in the area of Taxation Law.

For more information please visit Elena's profile.

Professor Laurence Boulle

Laurence has taught dispute resolution, negotiation and mediation subjects for two decades at universities and institutions in Asia, the Pacific, Australasia, Africa and Europe, and his books on these topics have been published in several countries, including Canada, the UK, Singapore, the US, New Zealand and Australia. He has also taught and published in the areas of Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, the Law of Globalisation and Employment Law.

For the past six years Laurence has been a conciliator on the World Bank panel of conciliators for foreign investment disputes and he was recently appointed Senior International Mediation Expert, Mainland-Hong Kong Mediation Centre. He is a panellist mediator for the Workers Compensation Commission and Small Business Commission in Sydney and is a Board Member and Co-Chair of the Australian Dispute Resolution Association (ADRA).

In 2008 Laurence Boulle was awarded the Order of Australia for contributions to legal education, alternative dispute resolution and legal publication.

For more information please visit Lawrence's 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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Program Code 12333
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (City Precinct)
  • Callaghan + Newcastle City
CRICOS Code 079533G
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Description

The Master of Laws is a professionally-focused program that will expose students to new perspectives and deep analyses, ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences. Graduates of the program will be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them to engage in further education, research, and professional development in Australia and across the world. The program offers students the opportunity to complete one of five specialisations including Environmental Law, Employment and Labour Relations Law, Dispute Resolution, International Law and Law in Practice. The specialisation of Law in Practice is only available to students who completed their Law degree outside of Australia.

Admission Requirements

Students will be required to have completed the following requirements for admission to the program:

  • An AQF level 8 Law qualification, such as a:
  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree either embedded (320 units) or ‘end-on’ (80 units) or equivalent law degree from a recognised tertiary education institution, or
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Laws degree, or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in Law and have completed a minimum of two years relevant work experience in a legal environment (RPL). RPL will be assessed by the Program Convenor through the consideration of a statement outlining the relevant work experience. Transcripts and detailed CVs must be provided to the University.
  • One of the degrees below:
    • five year combined law degree program (400 units of learning in total, at least 240 cognate) or
    • a four year Bachelor of Laws degree program (320 units of learning, all cognate) or
    • a three year graduate entry Bachelor of Law program following the completion of a three year non-cognate degree (480 units of learning in total, at least 240 cognate).

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

Students are required to complete 80 units (8 courses) of coursework in one of the following ways:

  • choose 80 units from the directed course list OR
  • complete a specialisation of 40 units from those listed below plus an additional 40 units from either the specialisation or from other directed courses.

Specialisations in the program are:

  • Environmental Law
  • Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Law
  • Law in Practice. This specialisation is only available to students who completed their Law degree outside of Australia.

Students who have obtained their undergraduate law degree outside Australia must choose LAWS6047 Legal System of Australia as one of their directed courses.

Course Information

Directed Courses

Core: Students must complete 80 units of courses from the directed course list.

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6013 Public International Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6016 Taxation Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6019 International Human Rights Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6020 Environmental Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6024 Employment Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6025 Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic Semester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6029 Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6032 Advocacy Skills Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6035 Competition Law and Policy Winter - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6037 International Environment Law and Policy Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6038 Law and Economics of Climate Change Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6040 International Private Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6041 Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6042 International Child and Family Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6043 Advanced Legal Research Project Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6046 International Air and Space Law Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6047 Legal System of Australia Trimester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS6050 Commercial Dispute Resolution Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6081 Advanced Taxation Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6085 International Trade Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6086 Intellectual Property Law Winter - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6087 Internet Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6089 Mining Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6090 Health Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6091 Special Interest Topic Semester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6092 International Clinical Legal Externship Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6093 International Study Experience Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6098 Equal Opportunity Law Winter - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6103 International Arbitration Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6104 Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6105 Expert Evidence Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6106 Advanced Communication Skills Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6107 Mediation Skills and Theory Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6108 Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6109 Conciliation Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6110 Australian Consumer Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6111 Dispute Resolution Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6112 Food and Wine Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6113 Law for Startups Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6114 Negotiation in a Legal Context Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6115 Criminal Trial Courts - Theory and Practice Not currently offered 10 units

Dispute Resolution

Directed Courses: Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6050 Commercial Dispute Resolution Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6103 International Arbitration Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6106 Advanced Communication Skills Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6107 Mediation Skills and Theory Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6109 Conciliation Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6111 Dispute Resolution Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6114 Negotiation in a Legal Context Not currently offered 10 units

Employment and Labour Relations Law

Directed Courses: Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6024 Employment Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6033 Corporations, Globalisation and Human Rights Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6098 Equal Opportunity Law Winter - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6105 Expert Evidence Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6106 Advanced Communication Skills Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6107 Mediation Skills and Theory Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6109 Conciliation Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6111 Dispute Resolution Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6114 Negotiation in a Legal Context Not currently offered 10 units

Environmental Law

Directed Courses: Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses..

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6020 Environmental Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6025 Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic Semester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6037 International Environment Law and Policy Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6038 Law and Economics of Climate Change Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6046 International Air and Space Law Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6089 Mining Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6104 Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6108 Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6112 Food and Wine Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6113 Law for Startups Not currently offered 10 units

International Law

Directed Courses: Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6013 Public International Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6019 International Human Rights Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6037 International Environment Law and Policy Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6038 Law and Economics of Climate Change Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6040 International Private Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6042 International Child and Family Law Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6046 International Air and Space Law Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6085 International Trade Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6092 International Clinical Legal Externship Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6093 International Study Experience Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6103 International Arbitration Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6104 Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement Not currently offered 10 units

Law in Practice

This specialisation is only available to students who completed their Law degree outside Australia.

Directed Courses: Students must complete 40 units from the courses listed below plus an additional 40 units from these courses or from the other directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6002A Torts - Part A Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6002B Torts - Part B Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6003A Criminal Law and Procedure - Part A Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6003B Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6004A Contracts - Part A Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6004B Contracts - Part B Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6005 Property Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6006 Constitutional Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6007 Administrative Law Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6008 Civil Procedure Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6009 Evidence Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6010 Company Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6011 Professional Conduct Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6012 Equity and Trusts Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6025 Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic Semester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6029 Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the law, and the ability to undertake substantial research-based projects.
  • Cognitive skills such as critical judgement and critical thinking in the learning and application of law to policy, practice and academic pursuits
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to recognise, define, analyse, and solve complex legal problems, and to generate and evaluate complex ideas at an abstract level
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills to communicate objective or persuasive conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Skills to understand and contribute to changes in professional practice or scholarship, and demonstrate an ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations
  • Decision-making skills that incorporate ethical, social and global issues
  • Demonstrated high level of personal autonomy and accountability

Why study with us?

The Newcastle Law School is a supportive and research-focused School, deeply committed to teaching. The Newcastle Law School has fostered an intellectual community devoted to the development of the next generation of lawyers.

Through taking an innovative and integrated approach to legal education, the Newcastle Law School ensures that graduates gain all the necessary theory, skills and experience for a career in legal practice. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to practice law not only in Australia, but also in the globalised market as our teaching and curriculum provides a transnational insight into understanding law and the legal system.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

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