The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
The specialisation in Asian law is ideal for lawyers and other professionals dealing with Asian legal systems in commercial, legal or policy capacities, or for researchers and scholars interested in Asia. International and domestic students will benefit from the diversity of subjects, exposure to teaching staff who speak Asian languages, and access to the Asian Law Centre – Australia’s first and largest centre devoted to developing understandings of Asian laws and legal systems. Covering a range of Asian legal systems and societies, the program offers insights into laws, institutions and their reform and practices that will determine how governments, businesses and broader stakeholders interact within and across borders.
Today's global professionals need to understand the diversity of legal systems and practices in Asia. In this course, students will debate the big issues and challenges in Asian regional legal development Professor Sarah Biddulph – Director of Studies
Professor Sarah Biddulph, Director of Studies
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Asian Law will:
- Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of Asian law, including the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in relation to:
- the legal systems of East and Southeast Asia in their social, political and economic context
- how Asian lawyers, business people, civil society and regulators may respond to particular legal issues and
- the relevance of different Asian legal experiences in Australia.
- Have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills that enable them to:
- locate, analyse critically, evaluate and convey information and
- generate ideas and solutions to complex problems from both theoretical and practical perspectives relevant to Asian laws and legal institutions.
- Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in the laws of Asian jurisdictions.
Graduate Diploma in Asian Law
Course code: 726AA
Students must complete 50 credit points of study from the prescribed list of subjects.
Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction or any prior legal studies are also expected to 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 + 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.
|Graduate diplomas||2020 fees|
|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)
Melbourne Law Masters Indigenous Bursary
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons admitted to any of our Melbourne Law Masters courses at Melbourne Law School will receive a bursary to cover approximately 75% of their course fees. If you are offered a place, we will contact you with next steps to receive your bursary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 year) or Semester 2 (mid year) intake:
Begin study in Applications close* 2020 Semester 2 (July) 17 July 2020 2021 Semester 1 (February) 12 February 2021 2021 Semester 2 (July) 9 July 2021
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.
- 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.
- Subject lists for the next year are released in November.
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 weeks for full-time students
- 2020 Mid year intake: 27–31 July 2020
- 2021 Start year intake: 22–36 February 2021
- 2021 Mid year intake: 19–23 July 2021
Orientation for part-time students
Online via the Learning Management System (LMS).