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  • Expand your legal learning and develop a critical evaluation of the law
  • Study a major in either commercial law or choose "cross-specialisation" to complete the masters without a specific major
  • Attain a high competence in legal research and writing
  • Option to complete a research project
  • Customise your degree with internal, external or block modes of teaching
  • Complete the academic requirements for national mediation qualification as part of your degree
  • Consider studying stand alone units in our professional law program
  • Don't have a law degree, but want a specialist law qualification? You may be interested in our Graduate Certificate in Applied Law



QUT course code LW71
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Online
Note: All core units are available in external mode, however, not all elective units are available in this mode.
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Faculty of Law
CRICOS code 006380A

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Why choose this course?

The Master of Laws deepens and broadens your legal learning, developing critical evaluation of the law and consideration and analysis of the attitudes and values underlying it. During the course, you will attain high competence in legal research and writing in areas of conceptual difficulty. With a variety of topics available across in commercial transactions, construction and engineering law, electronic commerce law, insurance law, taxation law and corporate insolvency, you can also tailor your learning to include a research project.

The commercial major will give you the variety to choose units so you gain the insight you need to further your commercial career. You will learn from experts researching in the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre.

To have a more customised learning experience, you can choose to complete this Masters without a specific major, giving you the flexibility to select units that are aligned with your interests, career and aspirations.

Without committing to the full masters course, you can complete individual stand alone units from the Master of Laws for continuing professional development. For more details visit the professional law program page.

Please note: Completion of this course is not sufficient to qualify a student for admission to legal practice in Australia. Contact for further information.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Laws

The Master of Laws course structure comprises 96 credit points of coursework units consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of core units
  • Up to 24 credit points of Specialist (Law) Elective Units; and
  • At least 24 credit points of (Law) research Elective Units

Study Areas include:

  • Commercial Law
  • Generic

Students completing a generic major will complete 48 credit points of core units and 48 credit points of elective units.

*International students must complete LWN305 Australian Applied Law as one of their specialist Law electives.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor (honours) degree in law; or a completed recognised four year bachelor of laws; or a completed recognised bachelor of laws and additional qualifications equivalent to any of the following:

  • graduate certificate in law
  • graduate diploma in law

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $23,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $22,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Master of Laws

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)


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