Master of Laws

School of Law, Sydney Campus

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. With the globalisation of the legal profession  developing a strong understanding of international law and of the practice of law in other jurisdictions are very useful skills. This LLM has been developed in consultation with the Catholic University of Paris (Institut Catholique de Paris/ICP).  Domestic students who enrol in this one-year program will have the option of completing their second semester of study at ICP. Notre Dame students who complete a semester of their LLM at ICP will receive a certificate of completion of a semester of studies from ICP, as well as their Masters degree from Notre Dame.

    This program has a focus on international law but it has been designed to be flexible. Students can complete the whole degree in Sydney  or they can choose to study a semester overseas with all classes taught in English.. The electives on offer may include: International Environmental LawThe Legal Environment of the Asia-Pacific Region, The Philosophy of International LawInternational Human Rights LawInternational Perspectives on Bioethics and the Law, Law & Religion, and Canon Law. Whether students choose to study their full degree in Sydney or to divide their studies between Sydney and Paris they will be given many opportunities to engage with the legal profession whilst they study.

  • 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), Bachelor of Laws or 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.

  • Fees

    FEE-Help is available for the semesters of study completed at Notre Dame.

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • 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.
  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Laws (LLB), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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