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The Master of Laws by Coursework offers a flexible and specialised opportunity for law and non-law graduates to develop an advanced, integrated and contemporary understanding of one or more areas of legal study, some of which call for cross-disciplinary perspectives, depending entirely on the student's areas of interests. Courses offered in the LLM by Coursework program combine a degree of sophistication or technical difficulty in terms of legal content with a substantial consideration of relevant international, professional and cross-disciplinary aspects of the subject matter. By undertaking eight of the many, varied courses on offer, all students will have the opportunity to apply their legal knowledge and skills by undertaking at least one substantial, research-based project.

Faculty Faculty of Law


Study Level


Typical duration

1 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Laws - LLM



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Program Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC as a standalone program.

The LLM by Coursework may be taken full-time in 3 terms or part-time in a minimum of 4 terms. Students must undertake and satisfactorily complete 8 term-long courses or the equivalent. A total of 48 units of credit (UOC) is required for the award of the degree.

Students may, but are not required to, elect to complete a major sequence of courses, known as a specialisation (see below). Successful completion of the requirements of both the LLM by Coursework and the specialisation entitle the student to receive the name of the specialisation in parentheses after 'Master of Laws' on the student's testamur.

Postgraduate courses are taught in a variety of formats during the University's formal academic terms. While some are taught for three hours per week over a teaching term, in others the class hours are arranged more intensively to permit students to focus fully on a research project.

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Cross-Disciplinary Electives

Cross-Disciplinary Electives description.

Students can take up to a maximum of 12 UOC of the following courses.

Law Electives

Law Electives description.

Students can take up to a maximum of 36 UOC of the following courses.

Research-based Electives

Research-based Electives description.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 UOC of the following courses

Entry Requirements
Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information

Enrolment and Progression

A candidate for the degree shall be required to undertake such formal courses and pass such assessment as is prescribed.

No candidate shall be awarded the degree until the lapse of three academic terms from the date of enrolment in the case of a full-time candidate or four terms in the case of a part-time candidate. The maximum period of candidature shall be six terms from the date of enrolment for a full-time candidate and nine terms for a part-time candidate. In special cases an extension of these times may be granted by the Postgraduate Director.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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