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.
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.
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.