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University of New South Wales (Australia) - UNSW Law
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Sydney NSW 2052

The University

Sydney Harbour

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's foremost international research-intensive universities, attracting outstanding scholars and students from around the world. It is highly regarded for both its teaching excellence and innovative research.

Established in 1949, UNSW has expanded rapidly and now has over 50,000 students, including more than 14,000 international students from over 130 different countries. The University offers more than 300 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programs, and has developed an extensive network of alumni chapters throughout Asia.

The main UNSW campus is located on a leafy 38-hectare site at Kensington in the heart of Sydney's eastern beachside suburbs, seven kilometres from the centre of the city.

The Law School

UNSW Law School

UNSW Law is a leader in legal education in Australia. Founded in 1971, UNSW Law School leads and inspires change through public engagement, mutual respect and an inclusive sense of community. It has enabled more than 10,000 graduates to apply a rigorous, socially-responsible legal education to a diversity of careers.

UNSW Law School has a very distinctive character, inspired by our founding vision of legal education committed to law as a service profession, dedicated to fundamental principles of the rule of law and justice for all.

Two features have always distinguished UNSW Law: small interactive classes with high levels of interchange between students and faculty members (20-35 students per class at postgraduate level); and wide scope for our students and scholars to have direct practical engagement in law.

Employers have come to expect that our graduates will bring critical perspectives to their work as well as doctrinal knowledge and analytic skill; and that they will work flexibly and effectively with a wide range of clients in many different settings. All this is no accident. By design and from the beginning, our distinctive approach to teaching has given students the opportunity to study law as a conceptual framework, while also experiencing it as a working process, an instrument for seeking justice, and a lever for social change. Again by design, our research programs lend themselves to this more engaged, aware and interactive approach.

The UNSW JD is a professional law degree for graduates of disciplines other than law. It can be used as a basis for seeking admission to the legal profession.

At UNSW Law, the JD gives students a particularly broad range of opportunities for high-level experiential learning in order to gain a critical and deep understanding of the law in areas which will especially benefit them in their future careers. Included in our long list of electives are a number of courses which offer direct engagement with legal practice in the form of social justice internships, hands-on experience in the Kingsford Legal Centre, a community legal centre located on campus, national and international mooting competitions and an international exchange program.

For information on UNSW JD applications visit: www.law.unsw.edu.au/jd

The Program

The Master of Laws by coursework offers law graduates an opportunity to specialise in areas of law, gain deeper knowledge and expertise and advance their career prospects.

The LLM degree comprises eight courses (subjects), enabling full time students to complete their degree in one year (two semesters).

Students can choose to undertake general studies in their degree or incorporate a major sequence. The specialist streams of study available are:

- Corporate & Commercial Law
- Corporate, Commercial Law & Taxation
- Criminal Justice & Criminology
- Dispute Resolution
- Environmental Law
- Human Rights & Social Justice
- Innovation Law
- International Business & Economic Law
- International Law
- Media & Technology Law
- Taxation

LLM classes are held on our Kensington campus, at our new city campus and in city law firms, enabling students to learn from both leading academics and respected practitioners.

Courses are offered in either a semester long (12 x two-hour weekly classes) or intensive format, which allows students to complete a course over four to five days.

As an LLM student, you will enjoy exclusive access to the law postgraduate computer and study room, located in our new purpose-built Law Faculty building. Students also have free online access to major Australian and international legal databases and journals.

The Faculty

UNSW Law comprises the School of Law and 12 affiliated legal research and training centres, all housed within the new law building. Many of these centres actively contribute to our postgraduate programs through course development and teaching. In this way students benefit from the latest legal policy and research developments nationally and internationally.

UNSW Law has over 70 dedicated teachers and researchers, supported by a strong cohort of adjunct professors, drawn from leading Australian lawyers and visiting international academics.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Laws by Coursework (LLM) must have an undergraduate law degree.

Students who complete the LLM with a distinction average, or higher, may apply for entry into the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) program.

The Master of Business Law; Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology; Master of Dispute Resolution; Master of Human Rights Law & Policy; Master of International Law & International Relations; Master of International Law & Security; Master of Law, Media & Journalism programs are open to students who do not hold an undergraduate law degree.

Application Procedure

For a step by step guide on how to apply, please visit UNSW International: www.international.unsw.edu.au/study/applying/

You will need to provide certified or original copies of the required documents to the Admissions Office. Complete applications usually take four to six weeks to process.

The fee for each online application is A$50.

UNSW International also provides online advisory sessions: www.international.unsw.edu.au

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the requirements for admission. For further information, see: www.unsw.edu.au/futureStudents/postgradCourse/sad/fspgengreq…

Tuition and Fees

Tuition fees for international students at UNSW are set at course (subject) level rather than program level.

The Master of Laws by Coursework requires completion of eight courses, to a total of 48 units of credit.

For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website: my.unsw.edu.au/student/fees/FeesMainPage.html

Course materials prepared and printed by UNSW Law for distribution in class are supplied free of charge. Students must purchase the text books required for their courses.

Financial Aid

UNSW Law is proud to announce up to four substantial scholarships will be available each year to outstanding applicants of postgraduate coursework programs.

Each scholarship will be to the value of $10,000 and will be tenable for a period of one year for students enrolled full time, or pro rate for part time students.

The first scholarships will be made available in Semester 1, 2015. The selection criteria is based on academic merit, professional experience and reasons for undertaking postgraduate studies.

To apply for this scholarships visit www.law.unsw.edu.au/pgscholarships

There are also a number of scholarships available for international students undertaking Postgraduate Coursework programs at UNSW.

Please visit the UNSW Scholarships page for further information: www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au


Bondi Beach, Sydney

Located on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the gateway to Australia and home to more than four million people.Australia?s first and largest city, Sydney is also one of the world?s great cities for students. In the latest QS rankings (2014) of the world?s most student-friendly cities, Sydney ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia.

With more than 340 sunny days each year, Sydney has an invigorating vitality which draws people outdoors. Beautiful sandy beaches and a stunning natural coastline engage locals and visitors all year round. The city is also strikingly multicultural with a wide array of nationalities, languages, cultures and cuisines, complementing each other in a harmonious environment. Whilst our beaches dazzle, it is the world renowned Sydney Harbour which provides the city?s most glamorous focal point. The UNSW CBD campus is only a short walk from the busy harbour, which is dominated by the awe-inspiring Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Situated on a 38-hectare site just 6 kilometres from the Sydney CBD is the main UNSW campus, located in Sydney?s fashionable eastern suburbs and only 20 minutes from world-famous Bondi beach, and 5 minutes from Coogee beach.


Brand new on-campus accommodation

Recent developments at UNSW's Kensington campus have greatly enhanced amenities for students. UNSW offers a range of accommodation both on and off the campus for local and international students. We offer fully catered on-campus colleges and self-catered on and off campus apartments, private rental units in surrounding suburbs as well as numerous short-term options. International Student Housing Assistance is a dedicated and personal service which can assist with arranging temporary accommodation on arrival through to long term accommodation. www.international.unsw.edu.au/living-sydney/accommodation/

Student Life

We recognise that postgraduate students have special needs. So we have a dedicated
team of student services officers led by Phillip Raponi and Nadia Jez. If you need assistance with any aspect of your program, course choice, international engagement opportunities, need to defer or drop courses, or other matter, they are there to help.

UNSW Law organises a number of social events for International students to meet staff and local students, including a 'Downunder' lunch and welcome events.

International Student Services (ISS) helps students from overseas adjust to living in Sydney and studying at UNSW. They are experienced in helping students and have special knowledge of issues affecting international students. Before leaving your home country, ISS will provide comprehensive information to assist with your preparation for student life in Australia.

ISS also operates a reception desk service at the Sydney International Airport to assist new students on their arrival, in addition to comprehensive orientation programs.

For detailed information on the range of services provided by ISS, please visit www.international.unsw.edu.au/iss

Summer Program

Summer School is an integral part of the UNSW Law School postgraduate coursework program. This additional academic session during December and January allows greater flexibility for
students wishing to fast track their degrees or for those students needing to balance work and study commitments.

Program Information

Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Master of Laws by Coursework (LLM)
  • Master of International Law & International Relations (MILIR)
  • Master of Business Law
  • Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Master of Human Rights Law & Policy
  • MBA / Master of Laws by Coursework (MBA / LLM)
  • Master of Law & Management (MLM)
  • Master of International Law & Security
  • Master of Law, Media & Journalism
  • Master of Dispute Resolution
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Intellectual Property
Program Features
  • Candidates for the LLM by coursework may undertake study incorporating a major sequence in any one of the following specialist areas: Corporate & Commercial Law; Corporate, Commercial Law & Taxation; Criminal Justice & Criminology; Dispute Resolution; Environmental Law; Human Rights & Social Justice; Innovation Law; International Business & Economic Law; International Law; Media & Technology Law; Taxation.
  • Master of Business Law Students can tailor the program to their needs by completing a generalist degree or choosing to specialise in one of the following areas: Corporate & Commercial Law; Corporate, Commercial & Taxation Law; Innovation Law; International Business & Economic Law; Media & Technology Law; Taxation.
  • The MBA / LLM is offered jointly with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).
  • The Master of Business Law is a coursework program exclusively for non-lawyers.
  • The Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology; Master of Dispute Resolution; Master of Human Rights Law & Policy; Master of International Law & International Relations; Master of International Law & Security; Master of Law & Management; Master of Law, Media & Journalism; are open to both law and non-law graduates.
  • Graduate Diplomas are available in Law; Business Law; Criminal Justice and Criminology; Dispute Resolution; Human Rights Law & Policy; International Law & International Relations; International Law & Security; and Law, Media & Journalism.
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website
By Research
  • Master of Laws by Research (LLM)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
  • Doctor of Philosoply (PhD)
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website

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