The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
Government operates within a framework of law and practice, consistently with the rule of law. This framework includes constitutional law and administrative law but extends well beyond both to a host of particular legal regimes that apply to government actors.
This is a dynamic branch of law, constantly changing in response to new pressures and government responses. It lends itself to comparison between countries, enabling students to understand different ways of tackling problems and to draw lessons from them. In an age of globalisation, it has a large and growing interface with international law, requiring a grasp of both areas.
The specialisation in government law reflects the changing nature and complexity of the field. The subjects offer students expertise in matters that lie at the cutting-edge of government law in Australia and elsewhere.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Government Law will:
- Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of government law, including the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in relation to:
- the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice
- an analysis and resolution of the complex problems of government law
- a range of alternative approaches to government law in other countries and systems and the methodology of comparative public law
- the context within which government law operates and the sensitivities peculiar to it
- Have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills that enable them to:
- analyse critically, evaluate and convey information and
- generate ideas and solutions to complex problems from both theoretical and practical perspectives in the field of government law
- Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in the field of government law.
Subject Timing and Format
- All subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
- Around 90% of subjects 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 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 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.
Students must attend at least 75% of classes for each subject. It is currently not possible to undertake the course by distance learning.
Graduate Diploma in Government Law
Students must complete four subjects from the prescribed lists.
Students without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction should also complete the two-day preliminary subject Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions.
Applicants must have completed:
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) at honours standard or equivalent leading to admission to legal practice
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to legal practice and at least one year of documented, relevant professional experience
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and at least one year of documented, relevant professional work experience.
In assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance
- Professional experience (if necessary).
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.
Also, in considering whether to admit an applicant the Selection Committee will consider:
- The quality of the degree(s) that the applicant has previously been awarded
- The standing and reputation of the university or universities that awarded the degree(s)
- The duration and type of work experience the applicant has obtained
- The relevance of the applicant's work experience to the course for which they have applied.
Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
All applicants must also meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.
You can use TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or CAE to meet the University's English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and within the 24 months preceding application. The University of Melbourne TOEFL Institution Code is 0974.
|IELTS* (academic English Only)||6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)|
|TOEFL (paper-based test)*||577 + TWE 4.5|
|TOEFL (internet-based test)*||
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||58-64 inclusive & no communicative skill below 50|
|Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)||58 + no less than Borderline in each skill.|
* Required scores must be achieved from a single test report, even if you have sat for multiple TOEFL or IELTS tests.
There are also other ways to satisfy the English language requirement.
It is also recommended that international applicants contact their nearest Australian Embassy or High Commission to ascertain the English requirements for obtaining a student visa.
The course and subject fees are the same for domestic and international students.
|Per 12.5 credit point subject||$A4,928|
Students will need to pay the prescribed subject fees. Subject fees will increase from year to year. Fees will not be held constant for any period.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible Australian citizens for fee-paying graduate coursework programs. For more information, please visit: Study Assist
International students may be eligible for two categories of Australian scholarships:
Scholarships may also be provided by government and non-government organisations in a students' home country. Please contact the relevant organisation in your country for specific details.
Timely Application Dates
Applications are accepted throughout the year. To help ensure subject availability we encourage you to apply as early as possible and preferably before the dates listed below.
Students who have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
- Start Year Intake: 1 December
- Mid Year Intake: 1 June
There are two intakes each year for international students.
- Start Year Intake, commencing February: 31 October
- Mid Year Intake, commencing July: 30 April
Once we receive the completed application we aim to have a response to you within four to six weeks.
Orientation week for full-time students
- Start Year Intake: 20-24 February 2017
- Mid Year Intake: 17-21 July 2017
Orientation day for part-time students
- Start Year Intake: Saturday 25 February 2017
- Mid Year Intake: Saturday 22 July 2017
- Domestic Applicants
There are six intakes each year for domestic students (see table below). The intake you choose will depend on when you want to commence your course. The first subject you wish to take should commence within the intake dates. You can refer to the University Handbook for information on teaching dates for each subject. You only need to select one intake when applying.
First subject commencement date: Apply for Intake: 1 December 2016 – 12 February 2017 Summer 13 February 2017 – 10 March 2017 Start Year (Semester 1) 11 March – 31 May 2017 Autumn 1 June – 9 July 2017 Winter 10 July – 4 August 2017 Mid Year (Semester 2) 5 August – 30 November 2017 Spring
- International Applicants
Option 1: Apply directly to the University
Option 2: Apply through one of our Overseas Representatives