The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
Effective legal frameworks and institutions are pivotal in tackling inequality, alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable environment. The specialisation in law and development offers a choice of subjects examining the legalisation of development and the role of international and regional actors in law reform projects. Also offered is an investigation and analysis of both international law and the 'rule of law’ in a developmental context. Subjects take a range of practical, historical, critical, applied and theoretical perspectives. This program is ideal for those working in international development from a government, non-government or not-for-profit background, and those seeking to work in those areas or in international organisations more broadly, as well as for those who which to undertake specialist study in the area in preparation for a research degree.
Graduates of the Master of Law and Development will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of law and development, including in relation to:
- the processes and actors involved in the legalisation of development
- the history and range of rule of law or law reform projects initiated by international and regional institutions
- the role of international economic institutions in proposing, designing and implementing law reform projects
- development strategies enabled or foreclosed by attempts at law reform or legal institutional design
- the success or failure of particular attempts at law reform or rule of law initiatives
- theoretical approaches to understanding and critiquing law and development initiatives
- Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
- analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of law and development
- research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
- interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of law and development.
Subject Timing and Format
The Melbourne Law Masters program has been designed around the busy schedules of working professionals. Subjects are offered from February to December each year.
Most subjects are taught intensively, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the subject content. Intensive subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday–Friday or Wednesday–Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This intensive 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 each week during the semester.
Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style and class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students.
Master of Law and Development
Course code: 635AA
Students must complete 100 credit points in total.
Students who do not have a law degree must complete International Law, as well as at least 75 credit points from the prescribed list (including the compulsory subject International Law and Development). Students may choose the remaining 12.5 credit points from the subjects available in the Master of Laws (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law and the Minor Thesis).
Students with a law degree must complete at least 75 credit points from the prescribed list (including the compulsory subject International Law and Development). Students may choose their remaining 25 credit points from the subjects available in the Melbourne Law Masters (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law).
Applicants must have completed:
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, at honours standard, or equivalent
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, or equivalent and two years of documented relevant professional experience
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of documented relevant professional experience
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline; and successful completion of four subjects in a cognate graduate diploma and one year of documented relevant professional 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)*|| 79 +|
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||58 + no communicative skill below 50|
|Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)||176 + no skill below 169|
* 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||$5,552|
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 scheme that helps eligible Australian fee-paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees.
International students may be eligible for the following 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.
- Melbourne Law School - Scholarships, Prizes and Awards
- University of Melbourne - Scholarships
- Scholarships in Australia (The Good Universities Guide)
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- Australian or New Zealand citizens
- Australian permanent residents
- Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders
The majority of students will start in either the Semester 1 (start of year) or Semester 2 (mid year) intake:
Begin study in Applications close* 2020 Semester 1 (February) 21 February 2020 2020 Semester 2 (July) 17 July 2020
For students wishing to begin study outside of the normal intake periods (e.g. A Winter intensive subject) - find your first subject's starting date in the Handbook, then find the name of the intake period you should apply for below.
First subject commences in Intake name August to November Spring December to early February Summer March to May Autumn June to early July Winter
Applicants are advised to apply at least a month prior to the start of the subject.
Note: Students will need to ensure their desired subject hasn't yet reached it's quota limit - view class quotas on the MLM enrolment status page.
There are two intakes each year for international students.
Application closing dates
- 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: 25 February - 1 March 2019
- Mid year intake: 22-26 July 2019
Orientation for part-time students
Online via the Learning Management System (LMS)