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Master of Laws

Program code: 5191
CRICOS code: 024644K

Delivery location

St Lucia


1 Year full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

Are you a qualified legal professional looking to broaden and advance your expertise? The Master of Laws offers high-level courses that will help you to specialise in a new field, deepen your knowledge of your current field, or explore new areas of interest.

  • The 16-unit Master of Laws is designed for applicants with an approved honours-level or master's level law degree leading to admission to legal practice. The needs of contemporary legal practice drive the courses, which cover both theory and practice.
  • Have freedom to choose from an impressive and rich range of areas, including corporate and commercial law, international trade and maritime law, and many more. Supervised research opportunities are also available.
  • Tailor courses to suit your interests, your career, or your goals. Whether you want to specialise in one area of law, or break into a competitive new field, the Master of Laws is a great asset.
  • Graduate with an internationally respected master's degree that demonstrates commitment to your professional development and an advanced knowledge of the law.

The LLM lets you build a personalised study plan so you can enhance your theoretical and practical expertise in chosen aspects of the law.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The TC Beirne School of Law is an international leader in teaching and research. The school was also ranked 48th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject – the only Queensland law school to be ranked in the top 50.

  • In the classroom

    Personalised teaching experience

    Our courses are taught in small group settings and informal learning spaces in the Forgan Smith building, refurbished specifically for law students. You'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge with your peers and professors in an active learning environment.

  • Alumni
    During my studies, I made some wonderful personal and professional contacts, and mixed with like-minded people who were both ambitious and passionate. From the librarians to the lecturers to the Dean, I was provided with an extraordinary level of support. Natalia Wuth, LLM (2013)
    Lawyer, Suncorp Group
  • Alumni
    I would not hesitate in recommending the LLM program at the TC Beirne School of Law to anyone interested in deepening or refreshing their legal knowledge and would particularly recommend it to those wishing to work in a specialised field. Rosemary Gibson, LLM (2015)
    Associate, Thynne + Macartney

Career outcomes

The Master of Laws accelerates your career progression. Many graduates complete the LLM to deepen existing expertise, allowing them to pursue specialist accreditation, open a new practice, or apply for admission to the Bar. 

Other graduates have a goal of breaking into a new area of practice. Completing the LLM gives you advanced knowledge of new areas of law, putting them in contention for competitive careers in highly desired fields like international commercial law, energy and resources law, or negotiation. 

Graduates with academic aspirations may enrol in research courses during their LLM studies to give them a foundation of advanced legal knowledge before enrolling in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Teaching staff

    Our academics are world-class

    Academic staff in the LLM include research centre academics, legal practitioners, judges, and international scholars. Together, our staff bring a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and views to the program, enriching discussions with current thinking, a high level of professional knowledge, and high expectations.

  • Alumni
    My time at UQ definitely provided me with better English-language skills as well as a basic knowledge of the common law system. Both are very useful in my current job, which was one of the main reasons why I chose to do a LLM degree in the first place. The work I’m doing now is pretty much the way I pictured my future job would be when I studied at UQ. Christian Giersdorf, LLM (2011)
    Attorney-at-Law, Jonas Lawyers, Cologne, Germany
  • Research

    Research options

    We encourage students to participate in research during the program, through an optional supervised research project and engagement with PhD and MPhil students.

  • Accreditation

    CPD points compatible

    Your studies in the LLM can be used to meet requirements for Continuing Professional Development for the Queensland Law Society.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Entry requirements


Approved Honours or Masters degree leading to admission to legal practice (LLB, JD or equivalent) with a GPA of at least 4; or degree in law leading to admission to legal practice (LLB or equivalent) with a GPA of at least 4, & either hold a GDip in legal practice or equivalent qualification, or have at least 2 years professional full-time work experience in the same discipline; or academic or professional qualification in law & be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Exec Dean that you have the requisite knowledge and experience to complete the program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Laws are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Laws are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Laws. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Laws have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,160
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Laws for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Laws can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Laws is 5191. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Applicants relying on work experience for entry to the program must include a CV with their application showing full work history.

Classes may be held at the St Lucia campus as well as Brisbane city venues. Not all courses listed are offered each year; applicants should contact the School of Law for up-to-date information in relation to course offerings.

Areas of study or work experience deemed to be "same discipline" are listed here.

International students are strongly encouraged to register in Orientation Week to attend an optional English for Academic Communication (EAC) program. The program is conducted jointly by staff of the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE) and the Law School. International students are given a brief overview of the Australian legal framework and the common law system. The program also provides an opportunity for new students to meet each other socially.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Laws is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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