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C04143v7 Master of Laws

Award(s): Master of Laws (LLM)
UAC code: 940401 (Autumn semester, Spring semester)
CRICOS code: 001125A
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Other information


The UTS Master of Laws (LLM) caters to the changing demands of the legal profession. Providing the opportunity for law graduates to specialise in particular areas that are relevant to their area of legal practice, the UTS LLM is vocationally relevant and intellectually rewarding.

Close interaction between the legal profession and UTS: Law guarantees a close match between a first-class education and a marketable postgraduate legal qualification. Classes are taught by a mix of practising professionals, full-time academic staff and international visiting academics, and opportunities for cross-institutional study, both inside and outside Australia, are encouraged.

Career options

Specialisation and development of expertise leads to careers in a range of sought-after specialist vocations in the practice of law.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

A relevant, appropriate first degree is the Bachelor of Laws with honours, or the Juris Doctor, or a Bachelor of Laws or LPAB Diploma in Law together with a graduate certificate in the discipline of law, or equivalent or higher qualification. Students with a Bachelor of Laws from a non-common law country may be required to complete 78234 Common Law Legal Traditions. Students who have graduated with a Shari'a law degree are not eligible to apply for this course. Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (teaching and learning).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 58-66

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

General and course-specific credit recognition information regarding the Master of Laws is available at postgraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of one year of full-time or two years of part-time study. Subjects may also be available in Summer session, allowing accelerated progression.

Course structure

Students in this course undertake eight 6-credit-point postgraduate subjects (totalling 48 credit points).

Students may choose to undertake one or two majors, by completing at least four subjects (24 credit points) within the area of the major. Students may also choose not to major in a particular area and instead choose eight subjects (48 credit points) from across the major areas.

As part of this course, students must complete the subject 78101 Postgraduate Legal Research. This subject can be included in any of the majors or choice blocks. Students from a non-common law background are also required to enrol in the subject 78234 Common Law Legal Traditions.

Refer to the course entry in the UTS: Handbook 2014 for the previous course structure. For a current listing of subjects in each course refer to the study package directory.

Course completion requirements

Select 48 credit points from the following: 48cp
CBK90400 Options (Law)24cp 
CBK91084 Options24cp 
MAJ09390 Corporate and Commercial Law24cp 
MAJ09425 Dispute Resolution24cp 
MAJ09410 Global Business Law24cp 
MAJ09400 Intellectual Property24cp 
Total 48cp

Course program

The list of available majors is shown below.

Most subjects are timetabled over a two-year period and consequently not all subjects listed are offered in any one year. Timetabled subjects are offered subject to sufficient student interest. The current timetable can be found at:

List of majors
MAJ09390 Corporate and Commercial Law   24cp
MAJ09425 Dispute Resolution   24cp
MAJ09400 Intellectual Property   24cp
MAJ09410 Global Business Law   24cp

Levels of award

To qualify for distinction in the Master of Laws, candidates must attain a weighted average mark of 75 per cent across all subjects attempted.

Other information

Further information for future students is available from:

telephone +61 2 9514 3660

Further information for current students is available from:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)