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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The specialisation in public and international law brings together constitutional, administrative and public international law in recognition of the increasing interdependence of international and domestic law. An extraordinary range of subjects across the entire field of public law offers students access to the latest developments in theory and practice in Australia and elsewhere. The program will appeal both to practitioners and to scholars with backgrounds or interests in government, international institutions, not-for-profit organisations, business/government relations and international development. Students may specialise in international law, Australian public law or comparative public law, or may choose a range of subjects from across different areas to suit their own interests and needs.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Public and International Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of public and international law, including:
  • the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice
  • analysis and resolution of the complex problems of government law
  • a range of alternative approaches to government law in other countries and systems and the methodology of comparative public law
  • the context within which government law operates and the sensitivities peculiar to it
  • the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice
  • the nature, major principles, processes and structures of the international legal system and the relationship between international and domestic law
  • legal issues in contemporary public and international affairs
  • the increasing significance of international law domestically, regionally and globally
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of public and international law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of public and international law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The extensive subject offerings in commercial law allow students to tailor a program to complement their professional expertise and career pathway. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The extensive subject offerings in commercial law allow students to tailor a program to complement their professional expertise and career pathway. Lawyers and other professionals will deepen their understanding of many aspects of commercial law from both a domestic and international perspective. Subjects are available in areas as diverse as finance, competition law, dispute resolution, tax, intellectual property, construction, and energy and resources law. The quality of the commercial law specialisation is enhanced by the suite of subjects dealing with the core questions of private law that lie at the heart of commercial law.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Commercial Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of commercial law including:
  • the legal and regulatory architecture of commercial law across a range of subject areas
  • key legal issues governing relationships between those subject to commercial law
  • challenges that arise in the practice and application of commercial law and
  • current debates on the reform of commercial law
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of commercial law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of commercial law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The specialisation in competition and consumer law offers advanced expertise and skills in an area of law that is growing, complex, interdisciplinary and crucial to economic welfare at national and international levels. The courses in this specialisation are designed to recognise the economic character of the law, and also to offer an applied focus on issues arising in practice. In addition to providing students with a detailed understanding of the law currently regulating competition and consumer protection, current policy debates and reform initiatives, as well as international and comparative perspectives are at the heart of the program. All of the subjects in the specialty are taught by world leaders in the field, from academia, the profession and government. The specialty also offers a fully online suite of courses and subjects in global competition and consumer law. Students enrolled in on-campus courses are able to take subjects in the online program.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Competition and Consumer Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of competition and consumer law, including:
  • the rules that prohibit anti-competitive conduct in major jurisdictions in this field around the world
  • the economic theories and policies that underpin and influence the operation of competition and consumer law
  • the design, operation and assessment of institutions that administer competition and consumer law
  • challenges that arise in the practice and application of competition and consumer law from both the perspective of businesses, practitioners, governments and enforcement agencies
  • current debates on the reform of competition and consumer law
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of competition and consumer law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of competition and consumer law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Effective legal frameworks and institutions are pivotal in tackling inequality, alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable environment. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Effective legal frameworks and institutions are pivotal in tackling inequality, alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable environment. The specialisation in law and development offers a choice of subjects examining the legalisation of development and the role of international and regional actors in law reform projects. Also offered is an investigation and analysis of both international law and the ‘rule of law’ in a developmental context. Subjects take a range of practical, historical, critical, applied and theoretical perspectives. This program is ideal for those working in international development from a government, non-government or not-for-profit background, as well as for those who wish to undertake specialist study in the area in preparation for a research degree.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Law and Development will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of law and development, including in relation to:
  • the processes and actors involved in the legalisation of development
  • the history and range of rule of law or law reform projects initiated by international and regional institutions
  • the role of international economic institutions in proposing, designing and implementing law reform projects
  • development strategies enabled or foreclosed by attempts at law reform or legal institutional design
  • the success or failure of particular attempts at law reform or rule of law initiatives
  • theoretical approaches to understanding and critiquing law and development initiatives
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of law and development
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of law and development.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in environmental law provides students with expertise in a dynamic area of law that will continue to grow in importance. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The specialisation in environmental law provides students with expertise in a dynamic area of law that will continue to grow in importance. The course is of particular relevance to people working in environmental and resources sectors, professionals in government, legal practitioners and those with a broader philosophical or practical interest. The subjects are focused on emerging national and international legal issues and practices, such as in water law, climate change law, the management of land subject to native title and general planning and development. Other areas include the negotiation of international environmental treaties, the distinctive environmental law and policy of the United States and the laws surrounding international ‘commons’ areas such as Antarctica, the high seas and outer space.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Environmental Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of environmental law, including:
  • an in-depth knowledge of the specialist area of environmental law and associated disciplinary areas
  • detailed knowledge of the complex law, regulation and market-based approaches in the field
  • the capacity to identify new laws and/or apply existing law in the rapidly evolving legal context for environmental law
  • advanced understanding of developments in international environmental law
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of environmental law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of environmental law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in private law offers an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of core areas of law that are fundamentally important to commercial practice. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in private law offers an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of core areas of law that are fundamentally important to commercial practice. The subjects cover current issues and developments in areas that are vitally important to lawyers involved in commercial litigation and commercial transactions, including contract law, the law of torts, equity, restitution, trusts and remedies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Private Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of private law including:
  • the rules and principles governing contractual dealings, equitable
  • doctrines, civil wrongs and private law remedies
  • the theories and policies that underpin those common law and equitable principles and relevant statutory interventions
  • challenges that arise in the application of those rules and principles in particular transactions and in litigation
  • current debates on the nature, basis and potential reform of private law doctrines
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them independently to:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of private law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of private law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Major shifts in laws governing the workplace and labour force in Australia mean that understanding the regulatory framework pertaining to employment and labour relations practices is more important than ever. Employment and labour relations law is ideal for legal practitioners, the public sector, corporate management and human resources/personnel services, trade unions and employer groups. This specialisation caters for legal practitioners as well as non-lawyers with experience and interest in the legal regulation of employment and labour relations. In-depth analysis of recent developments in this complex and evolving area ensures the program remains at the forefront of legal knowledge in this field. The subject Principles of Employment Law is designed to be of particular assistance to students without previous (or recent) legal study in the area.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Employment and Labour Relations Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of employment and labour relations law, including:
  • legal principles of Australian employment and labour relations law
  • emerging and contemporary issues in Australian employment and labour relations law
  • technical aspects of Australian employment and labour relations law using historical, theoretical and practical perspectives; and
  • the development of Australian employment and labour relations law in an international (and comparative) context
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of employment and labour relations law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to professional specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of employment and labour relations law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Energy and resources are dominant in the Australian economy, and management of these resources presents formidable legal challenges for governments and private enterprise, at global, national and local levels. Australia’s record in managing these resources is internationally recognised. Many foreign companies participate in exploration for and production of these resources in Australia while several Australian companies undertake these activities overseas as well as in Australia.

Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in energy and resources law allows lawyers and other professionals to gain understanding of and skills in statutory and contractual regimes governing exploration and production activities, sophisticated commercial transactions relating to these activities, project finance arrangements, regulatory controls upon exploration, production, transportation and marketing, and resolution of land-use and resources conflicts, drawing upon Australian experience acquired over many decades and applying it globally.

Subjects are taught by an outstanding group of academic and professional lawyers with a very wide range of expertise and experience gained in many parts of the world.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Energy and Resources Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of energy and resources law, including:
  • an in-depth knowledge of the specialist area of energy and resources law and associated disciplinary areas
  • detailed knowledge of the complex law and regulation in the field
  • the capacity to identify new laws and/or apply existing law in the rapidly evolving legal context for energy and resources
  • advanced understanding of developments in international energy and resources law
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of energy and resources law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of energy and resources law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The construction law program has been tailored to give construction lawyers and professionals in building, construction, engineering and associated industries the legal knowledge to take the next step in their careers. Working with lecturers who are leaders in their fields, and fellow students from Australia and around the world, students have a unique opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of this specialised area of law and its interaction with the commerce and practice of the industry.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Construction Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of construction law, including:
  • common law principles and statutory regimes that impact upon construction and related projects in Australia and the relationship of such laws with the technical and commercial underpinnings of the industry
  • the international aspects of construction law and practice, including comparisons with that applicable in Australia
  • the principles underpinning the drafting of construction contracts and amendment of standard-form construction contracts
  • the avoidance, management and resolution of construction claims and disputes; and
  • key ongoing debates relating to construction law and practice
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of construction law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Be able to apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of construction law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in intellectual property (IP) is one of the largest and most respected specialist IP law programs in the world. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in intellectual property (IP) is one of the largest and most respected specialist IP law programs in the world. Its extensive range of challenging, cutting-edge subjects covers the spectrum of IP protection regimes, and are practically focused and theoretically rigorous. Many of the specialisation's subjects are accredited by the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (TTIPAB). This program is ideal for those seeking accreditation as a patent and/or trade marks attorney in Australia and New Zealand, as well as for those seeking to develop or expand their expertise in intellectual property law generally.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

By satisfactorily completing appropriate subjects, a suitably qualified person may be accredited with satisfying all of the topic groups necessary for registration as a trade marks attorney and for registration as a patent attorney under the trans-Tasman regime. Applicants seeking registration as a patent attorney and/or trade marks attorney should seek advice from the TTIPAB and the Law School on subject selection at the time of enrolment. For more information, please see the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Intellectual Property Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of Australian and New Zealand intellectual property law, including the international context and:
  • the requirements that need to be satisfied to establish entitlement to the grant of intellectual property rights in both jurisdictions
  • the procedures by which grant of intellectual property rights are obtained
  • the requirements that need to be satisfied to establish infringement of those rights
  • the exceptions, limitations and defences to infringement that apply to these rights
  • the means for, and constraints on, enforcement and commercialisation of these intellectual property rights.
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of intellectual property law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including clients
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of intellectual property law generally.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The health and medical law specialisation is open to lawyers and to doctors and other health professionals and administrators (with no prior legal qualification). Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The health and medical law specialisation is open to lawyers and to doctors and other health professionals and administrators (with no prior legal qualification).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Health and Medical Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of health and medical law, including:
  • the theoretical framework surrounding health and medical law, and contemporary ethical and theoretical issues
  • the law concerning the relationship between doctor and patient as well as that relating to particular procedures; and
  • the provision of concise legal advice to plaintiffs and defendants in medical litigation
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of health and medical law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of health and medical law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. The specialisation in human rights law offers the widest range of human rights subjects in Australia. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The specialisation in human rights law offers the widest range of human rights subjects in Australia. Many world-renowned experts teach in the program, offering students exciting opportunities to examine a range of human rights instruments, institutions, theories and practices in contemporary context. The program is particularly relevant to lawyers currently working, or planning to work, in the field of human rights, as well as those with a non-law background working in development agencies and other human rights-related organisations in Australia and around the world.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Human Rights Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated knowledge of international and domestic legal and institutional frameworks for the protection and promotion of human rights
  • Be able to understand and critically examine the interrelationships between international, regional and domestic histories, philosophies, policies and practices of human rights law
  • Be an engaged, informed and open-minded participant in debates about the contested universality of international human rights and its application in diverse domestic jurisdictions
  • Be able to make a sophisticated assessment of the practical effectiveness of different mechanisms for implementing or enforcing human rights, including domestic and regional courts, specialised tribunals, national human rights institutions, human rights treaty bodies, international institutions and specialised agencies, nongovernmental organisations and international criminal courts
  • Have an advanced appreciation of the relationship between law and politics, at the international and domestic levels, in the field of human rights law
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine and critically evaluate current issues by reference to international and domestic human rights standards
  • Be able to analyse, interpret and assess the challenges posed to the implementation of international human rights obligations in the context of globalisation, particularly the increased threat to human rights presented by non-state actors and efforts to develop and strengthen accountability protocols and other mechanisms
  • Be able to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a practitioner and advocate in the field of human rights law.


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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in tax is a globally recognised specialist tax law degree. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in tax is a globally recognised specialist tax law degree. The program provides a valuable enhancement to the careers of lawyers, accountants and other professionals working as tax advisers in business or in government.

The extensive and diverse tax subject selection allows students to gain an advanced understanding of tax law and policy across core and specialist tax areas. All subjects are taught by leading Australian and international tax experts, and emphasis is placed on international and comparative trends and current developments in tax practice. Practical case studies allow in-depth analysis of tax law to equip students with detailed tax law knowledge, its underlying principles and practical application, generating a real advantage in this competitive professional area.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Tax will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of taxation law, including
  • the theories and policies that underpin and influence the operation of taxation law
  • the operation of institutions that develop, administer and determine the application of taxation law (Treasury, the ATO and the courts)
  • current developments in tax practice at the national and international level
  • influential international trends in taxation law such as those proposed by the OECD
  • current debates on proposed reform of taxation law
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of taxation law
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of taxation law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The specialisation in banking and finance law is designed to provide students, practitioners and other professionals with a sophisticated understanding of the legal and regulatory framework for the Australian and international financial sector. Most subjects have a practical focus. Subject choice includes banking (eg lending and banking products), funds management, finance transactions, superannuation, financial services and capital markets.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Banking and Finance Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of banking and finance law, including:
  • the legal and regulatory architecture of the Australian and international financial sector across a range of subject areas;
  • key legal issues governing relationships between financial services providers and their customers, and the theory and practice of prudential and market integrity/consumer protection regulation of financial services; and
  • the impact of globalisation, e-commerce and regulatory reform on the provision of financial services in Australia and internationally.
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of banking and finance law;
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of banking and finance law.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates. Read more

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

Melbourne Law School’s specialisation in international tax law enables tax professionals, academics and government officials from Australia or other countries to study international taxation in a global context, working side by side with colleagues from Australia and many other countries.

The international tax program is a globally recognised specialist tax qualification equipping graduates for the practice of taxation law in a rapidly changing economic world. The program is designed for those who plan careers in tax law, whether from Australia or internationally, in which international taxation will play a key role.

Students have a substantial selection of international and comparative tax subjects, combined with a choice from the range of subjects in the Law School’s broader tax and commercial law programs. All subjects are taught by leading international or Australian tax experts with significant reputations in the field of international tax.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of International Tax will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of international tax including:
  • the rules that apply to residents deriving foreign source income and non-residents driving Australian source income
  • the design of tax systems in a global economy and the interaction of the tax rules of sovereign countries
  • the role of bi-lateral treaties between trading partners and the ability of one country to influence outcomes
  • the role of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations in developing bi-lateral treaties
  • current debates on the applicability of existing corporate and international tax systems and proposed solutions
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
  • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of international tax
  • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
  • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of international tax.

SUBJECT TIMING AND FORMAT

  • Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive subjects

Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length subjects

Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subject materials

Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading  materials are released to the time assessment is due.



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