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Master of Law, Policy and Government


Course Description

Introduction

With increasing government focus on planning and regulation, there is a clear need for individuals with a high level of understanding of policy and governance.

In 2015, as a direct response to the need for graduates with this specific knowledge, UWA will be introducing a Master in Law, Policy and Government.

Course description, features and facilities

The Master will provide students with an advanced and in-depth understanding of socio-legal theory, policy development and the skills required to work in or with governments.

Combining both theory and practically oriented units, it is suited to those looking to build a career in the public sector, working as legal practitioners or those in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.

Structure

Applicable for lawyers and non-lawyers the courses comprise of 48 credit points study. The core units which make up the first semester of the Masters consist of:

- Public Policy (6 points)
- Regulatory Theory and Ethics (6 points)
- Advanced Socio-Legal Studies (6 points)
- Foundations of Law and Governance (6 points)

Masters students then take electives to the value of 24 points from a range of units including:

- Advanced Criminology (6 points)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (6 points)
- Comparative Law (6 points)
- Law and the Body (6 points)
- Working with the Written Law (6 points)
- Theories of Justice and Punishment (6 points)
- Research Paper (6 points)
- Research Paper providing a pathway to Doctoral studies (12 points)

Additional information regarding the course structure can be found in the Postgraduate Law, Policy and Government course brochure

Further information will be available via the University Online Handbooks from November 2014.

Career opportunities

This course will open career opportunities for those seeking employment within the public sector, working as legal practitioners or in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.

Visit the Master of Law, Policy and Government page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into this course an applicant must meet one of the following requirements: (a) the Juris Doctor of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; (b) a bachelor's degree of this University in a cognate area (Law and Society, Politics, Sociology, Criminology, Law and similar), with a weighted average mark of at least 65% or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or (c) successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government of this University with a weighted average mark of at least 60%.Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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