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 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.
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 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 are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.
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.