Master of Laws (LLM)

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A Master of Laws will deepen your legal knowledge and legal research skills. Having reopened our taught programmes with criminal law papers in 2017, we offer options to suit your needs, ranging from an LLM entirely by thesis to an LLM by coursework, and combinations of coursework and research. Developing research excellence in the Law School research centres facilitate course development in other areas in 2018 and beyond.

Quick facts

Code: AK1044
Level of Study: 9
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full time/2 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start Date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

Entry requirements:

  • An LLB or LLB (Hons) or equivalent degree
  • Another degree plus appropriate professional or scholarly experience
  • An ability to undertake postgraduate study (as demonstrated to the Dean or representative)
  • Legal Research Methodology (Fees free course) prior to commencement, unless completed common law research as part of Bachelors/first Degree.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 7 overall with 7.0 or higher in writing and reading and 6.5 in listening and speaking

How to gain your LLM?

To qualify for the Master of Laws, a student must achieve 120 points by successfully completing the requirements in one of the structures below, including, if necessary, LAWS901 Legal Research Methodology.
  • Master of Laws by Thesis
    This requires 120 points from a thesis (which means something of around 40,000 words) or 90 points from a thesis (around 30,000 words) and 30 points from a course. The thesis question has to be approved before enrolment.
  • Master of Laws by Dissertation
    This requires 60 points from courses plus a 60-point dissertation; the topic for the dissertation has to be approved, and we suggest you do courses first.
  • Master of Laws by Coursework
    This requires 120 points from courses or 90 points form courses plus a 30-point independent research paper.

Semester 1, 2018;  the courses on offer are:
LAWS906 International Law, State Jurisdiction and Indigenous Rights
LAWS920 Therapeutic Jurisprudence
LAWS986 Proof of Fact

Semester 2, 2018;  the courses on offer are:
LAWS912 Human Rights and Intellectual Property
LAWS926 International Criminal Law
LAWS974 Youth Justice
LAWS976 Law and Psychiatry
LAWS977 Health and Safety Law
LAWS980 Prison and Parole Law

For 2018, our timetable is likely to include courses in criminal law and justice, human rights and indigenous rights and law, such as:

Criminal Law

Youth Justice
Proof of Fact
International Criminal Law
Prison and Parole Law
Health and Safety Law
Law and Psychiatry
Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Human Rights

Human Rights and Intellectual Property
Youth Justice
International Law, State Jurisdiction and Indigenous Rights
Law and Psychiatry
Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PgCertLaw) | AK10580
Open to people who have already completed an undergraduate degree, or suitable professional experience.

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

Last updated: 10-Jan-2018 11.12am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.