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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 9 February 2016

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    Designed for law graduates and legal practitioners who seek to advance their legal knowledge and enhance their professional skills, the University of Newcastle LLM features:
    • real life learning opportunities

    • high-quality teaching in core and emerging areas of law

    • a local-to-global perspective on contemporary legal and policy issues

    • a small student cohort in a supportive professional environment

    • affordable tuition fees and scholarship opportunities

    Real Life Learning

    Newcastle Law School is well known for the strength of its clinical legal education and real-life, experience-based learning. LLM students can combine advanced study and research with practical opportunities to build professional skills. You may choose to prepare a legal research report for a partner organisation, participate in a legal clinic or other internship, and attend events to interact with industry, government and community groups.

    High Quality Teaching in Core and Emerging Areas

    Choose from a broad range of subjects and tailor the LLM to your interests or career area. The program offers many courses in the field of International Business Law and cutting-edge electives in areas such as environmental and climate change law, international child and family law, and human rights law.

    You will learn from lecturers who are experts in their field, participate in interactive seminars and have access to quality online learning resources. With one-to-one supervision by one of our experienced faculty members, you may choose to complete an Advanced Legal Research project in an area of special interest to you.

    Many courses will be offered in intensive blocks over a four-day period.

    The two core courses in legal research will provide advanced training in contemporary approaches to legal research, focusing on both the design and implementation of a legal research project.

    The range of elective courses available in the program will allow you to develop specialised knowledge in areas relevant to your career and professional interests.

    Flexible study options

    Many LLM courses will be delivered in intensive mode, with attendance at classes over four days during the semester, possibly on weekends. If there is sufficient student demand, some intensive courses may be delivered in Sydney.

    The location and mode of delivery of the LLM courses (i.e. whether in Newcastle or Sydney) will at all times remain at the discretion of Newcastle Law School.

    Master of Laws (LLM) structure

    The program consists of two core courses in Advanced Legal Research (one per semester) and six elective courses in various areas, with many options in International Business Law.

    Compulsory Courses

    • Advanced Legal Research I

    • Advanced Legal Research II

    • Legal System of Australia (this course is compulsory for students who obtained their undergraduate law degree outside Australia)

    Elective Courses - General

    • Advanced Legal Research Project

    • International Environmental Law and Policy

    • International Climate Change Law and Policy

    • International Child and Family Law

    • Advanced International Human Rights Law

    • International Human Rights Law: Collective Rights

    • Advanced Public International Law

    • Global Administrative Law

    • International Air and Space Law

    • Crime and Society

    • Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice

    Elective Courses - International Business Law

    • Advanced Corporate Governance

    • Competition Law and Policy

    • International Insolvency Law

    • International Trade Law

    • Corporations, Globalisation and Human Rights

    • International Private Law

    • Australian International Taxation

    • Advanced Taxation Law

    • Corporate Taxation Law

    Courses in the field of International Business Law will expand your knowledge of legal rules applicable to a variety of private transactional settings. You will explore the role of law and legal regulation as it intersects with business practice.

    Advanced legal research component

    Advanced Legal Research I (compulsory) - In your first semester, you will develop the specialised knowledge and skills required to design a legal research project in an area of your choice.

    Advanced Legal Research II (compulsory) - In your second semester, you will finalise the design of, and carry out, your chosen research project. You may have the opportunity to conduct your research on a real-life issue for a partner organisation.

    Advanced Legal Research Project (elective) - You may choose to complete an Advanced Legal Research project in an area of special interest to you. A faculty member with relevant research experience will provide one-to-one supervision. We will provide guidance on publishing your work if you would like to develop a publication profile.

    Australia requirements for international students

    In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

    Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

    You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 

    University requirements

    Program 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: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, orb) Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Law or Legal Practice following the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Laws degree, orc) 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.d) One of the degrees below: i)a five year combined law degree program (400 units of learning in total, at least 240 cognate) or ii) a four year Bachelor of Laws degree program (320 units of learning, all cognate) or iii) 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) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5


    The NSW Department of Education and Training will recognise graduates of the award as English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, where they have a teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW.

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