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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
  • 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
Course duration 1 year full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 July, February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
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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 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.

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 four year bachelor degree in law with a research component (such as a bachelor honours degree)*; or

A completed recognised bachelor degree in law and a graduate diploma in law (such as the graduate diploma in practical legal training); or

A completed recognised bachelor degree in law and admission as a legal practitioner in Australia or overseas; or

A completed recognised bachelor degree in law and a masters degree or PhD in any field; or

A completed recognised bachelor degree in law and professional work experience in law**.


* Students with international qualifications must provide evidence of the research (honours) component of their qualification by submitting a course overview and relevant unit outlines which include information on assessment requirements and unit learning outcomes.

** Students applying on the basis of work experience must submit a current curriculum vitae. Please provide details of relevant work experience, including information regarding your role and specific responsibilities including projects, analysis and/or specific legal research tasks that you have undertaken.


Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • England
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
  • Wales

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
TOEFL iBT 79 16 16 21 18
Pearson PTE (Academic) 58 50 50 50 50
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 176 169 169 169 169
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

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: $34,900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $33,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Master of Laws

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  2. Checked important dates
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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