Master of Laws

School of Law

The Master of Laws (coursework) is a Masters of Law degree with a focus on emerging commercial and legal realities in an international context. The degree will enable students to develop in-depth legal knowledge and skills in the areas of international law that they choose. The program also aims to develop a student’s skills in advanced independent research and writing, critical analysis, complex problem-solving and reasoning. The program includes a research component with a strong focus on applied legal research.

  • Why study this degree?

    A Masters of Laws (LLM) is a great way to expand your legal knowledge and skills and to differentiate yourself from other law graduates and lawyers. This program has a focus on international law and, with the globalisation of the legal profession, it is useful to develop a strong understanding of international law and of the practice of law in other jurisdictions.

    The electives on offer may include: Asia-Europe Trade Law, International Business Law and Dispute Resolution, International Cultural Heritage Law, International Business Law in Practice, International Taxation Law, International Transport Law, Issues in International Law and Contemporary Culture, International Environmental Law, The Legal Environment of the Asia- Pacific Region, The Philosophy of International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Perspectives on Bioethics and the Law, Law & Religion, and Canon Law.

  • Program summary

    The program includes 3 compulsory courses and 5 elective courses.

    Semester One

    • Research Methods
    • Law Elective One
    • Law Elective Two
    • Law Elective Three

    Semester Two

    • Directed Legal Research Project
    • Ethical Issues in Professional Life
    • Law Elective Four
    • Law Elective Five

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    This LLM is available only to students with prior studies in law.

    Admissions requirements:

    • Completed Bachelor of Laws (Hons); or
    • Bachelor of Laws with Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; or
    • Bachelor of Laws degree completed at a high credit level; or
    • Bachelor of Laws degree combined with relevant practical experience; or
    • Juris Doctor; or
    • International equivalents

    To be eligible for admission to The University of Notre Dame Australia, all applicants must meet the University’s minimum requirements for admission. The requirements for admission are detailed in the University’s Policy: Admissions.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Human rights advocate
    • Lobbyist
    • Policy officer
    • Diplomat
    • Politician
    • Specialist in international law
    • Business executive
    • Entrepreneur; and
    • For those who have completed the requirements for admission careers as a solicitor or barrister with enhanced expertise in international law.
  • Fees

    More information can be found at the Fees page.​

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Laws (LLB), please email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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