Subject delivery

Timing and format

  • All subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style, and may be delivered either online or on campus.
  • Around 90% of subjects are offered on an intensive basis, with the remaining subjects offered over two hours per week over the duration of the semester.
  • All subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters program are quota restricted, with class sizes between 20 and 30 students.

Intensive subjects

  • Tuition takes place within a limited period, normally of five days, with around five to six hours of classes per day.
  • Comprehensive reading materials are provided online during the stated pre-teaching period.
  • 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.
  • Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the subject content.

Contact hours

The minimum class time required for all subjects (intensive or semester-long) is 24 to 30 hours per subject. Students are expected to undertake significant, additional individual study of at least 110 hours per subject. Assessment for intensive subjects is conducted six to 12 weeks after classes conclude.

Online delivery

The University’s uses Canvas LMS (learning management system). All online subjects will be delivered through the respective Canvas subject page, using a combination of pre-recorded content, Zoom webinars, discussion boards and other online materials.

Discussion boards will be interactive and may be scheduled in either real-time or outside of class times. Zoom sessions will be real-time and involve remotely meeting with your teacher in a group.

To make the most of online delivery, you will require:

  • Access to a computer
  • A stable internet connection
  • A quiet environment appropriate for study
  • Headphones to minimise noise interference (recommended)
  • Microphone (recommended)

Note: Most smartphone earphones will usually include a microphone.

For more information, see Student IT and eLearning Support including dedicated guides for studying remotely

Attendance requirements

All subjects have a minimum 75% attendance hurdle unless otherwise stated on the Handbook.

A candidate who fails to meet any hurdle requirement will be required to withdraw ('WD') from the subject and will forfeit their subject fees. A candidate who does not withdraw prior to the last date to withdraw without fail will receive a fail grade on their Academic Transcript. The last date to withdraw without fail is listed on each subject entry in the Handbook.

Subject materials

Access to specialist materials will be provided for each subject you are enrolled in, during the pre-teaching period, via the subject’s Canvas LMS page.

Please note, newly enrolled subjects should appear on your Canvas dashboard within 24 hours.

Hard copy materials are not provided.


Lockers are available on Level 6 for use by all Melbourne Law Masters students.

Locker hire

Class recording

Students are not permitted to record classes on their personal devices without the prior permission of the subject teacher(s). If permission is granted, any recording made of a class by a student can only be used by the student for his or her personal study purposes.

Travel arrangements

If you are enrolled in any MLM subject and you need to travel to Melbourne for on campus seminars you must organise flexible travel and accommodation bookings. You are encouraged to book your flexible travel and accommodation as close as possible to the scheduled teaching dates.

Subject cancellations

Occasionally it may be necessary to cancel a subject. The Law School makes every effort to ensure that these occasions are rare. If a subject is cancelled for any reason, the Law School will attempt to ensure that affected candidates are able to enrol in an alternate subject, or will arrange for a Leave of Absence if this is not possible.