The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
The specialisation in environmental law provides students with expertise in a dynamic area of law that will continue to grow in importance. The course is of particular relevance to people working in environmental and resources sectors, professionals in government, legal practitioners and those with a broader philosophical or practical interest. The subjects are focused on emerging national and international legal issues and practices, such as in water law, climate change law, the management of land subject to native title and general planning and development. Other areas include the negotiation of international environmental treaties, the distinctive environmental law and policy of the United States and the laws surrounding international ‘commons’ areas such as Antarctica, the high seas and outer space.
Environmental law is such a burgeoning area of science, law and politics that I have no doubt that this specialist masters degree will be highly valued in the workplace. I can tailor subjects according to whether I want a career in Australia or an international career. Linda Hansen, Master of Environmental Law
Graduates of the Master of Environmental Law will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of environmental law, including:
- an in-depth knowledge of the specialist area of environmental law and associated disciplinary areas
- detailed knowledge of the complex law, regulation and market-based approaches in the field
- the capacity to identify new laws and/or apply existing law in the rapidly evolving legal context for environmental law
- advanced understanding of developments in international environmental law
- 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 environmental law
- research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice
- 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 environmental law.
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 Environmental Law
Course code: MC-ENVLAW
Students must complete eight subjects in total.
Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete Fundamentals of the Common Law, as well as seven subjects from the prescribed lists.
Students with a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete at least seven subjects from the prescribed list and may choose an eighth subject from those available in the Master of Laws (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law and the Minor Thesis).
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||$5,336|
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 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.
- Melbourne Law School - Scholarships, Prizes and Awards
- University of Melbourne - Scholarships
- Scholarships in Australia (The Good Universities Guide)
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Students who have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
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.
For intake: First subject commencing: Apply by: Summer 1 December 2018 – 17 February 2019 Still accepting applications Start Year (Semester 1) 18 February 2019 – 8 March 2018 7 January 2019 Autumn 9 March 2019 – 31 May 2019 25 January 2019 Winter 1 June 2019 – 14 July 2019 20 April 2019 Mid Year (Semester 2) 15 July 2019 – 2 August 2019 31 May 2019 Spring 3 August 2019 – 30 November 2019 21 June 2019
Late applications may be accepted, but timely applications are prioritised.
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)