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Deakin’s Master of Legal Studies degree is designed to enhance professional capabilities, employability and career progression in a range of relevant professional disciplines including international relations, human resources, public health, and humanitarian assistance. In each of these fields it is recognised that the advanced study of law can provide a stronger underpinning to capabilities directly acquired in the co-discipline.
A master degree from the study of relevant law gives students a competitive and reputational advantage in their chosen professional career field. The Master of Legal Studies, in addition to its focused streams/disciplines also provides a Research specialisation, to accommodate a PhD pathway.
This course is suitable for both those who are legally qualified and wish to practice in a chosen professional specialisation, along with those who have undertaken prior studies in one of the non-law specialisations who wish to advance themselves through further legal studies directly applicable to that area.
Graduates will have a competitive advantage in the contemporary professional marketplace targeting the recruitment of multi-skilled professionals.Read More
To complete the Master of Legal Studies, students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points of core units, 4 credit points from a specified stream and an 8 credit point specialisation.
Students must complete a stream and specialisation within the same discipline area.
Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Units from a specified stream
Units from a specialisation
Refer to the details of each stream and specialisation for campus availability.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory Student Checks
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor Degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.
* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
You may be eligible for the Government's FEE-HELP scheme. This scheme covers your tuition fees and can help make studying significantly more affordable.
It's similar to HECS-HELP, but designed for full-fee place courses. It doesn't matter how much you earn, you may still be eligible for FEE-HELP.
What is FEE-HELP?
FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $51,956.
Estimate your FEE-HELP repayments
after FEE-HELP and tax
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- $* is the total tuition fee for a Master of Legal Studies (16 credit points) at Deakin
- is the annual FEE-HELP payment, based on your current salary
- of your current salary be spent on FEE-HELP
- is how long it will take to pay off your FEE-HELP loan on your current salary
Deakin University (Deakin):
- gives no warranty and accepts no responsibility for the currency, accuracy or the completeness of the information provided;
- advises users that no reliance should be placed upon on the information provided, and;
- instructs users that they should confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.
This tool provides indicative information about the fees that will be payable in respect of courses and subjects offered to prospective students domiciled in Australia during the periods indicated.
Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.
The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:
- does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
- does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
- assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if Credit for Prior Learning is granted;
- assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
- assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
- where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Develop a fundamental, advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge relevant to Australian and international legal jurisdictions and which enhances associated professional disciplinary studies.
Develop high level communication skills in different forms relevant to different legal and non-legal audiences and in associated professional studies.
Use technologies to identify, locate, and evaluate information for complex problem solving scenarios as well as communicating legal and associated professional studies’ solutions.
Exercise critical thinking capacities in defining complex legal and professional studies problems and in examining major legal and professional studies policy issues.
Develop sophisticated problem solving capacities by developing intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions in legal and associated professional studies
Develop high level capacities to undertake major independent research and policy-related work in law and associated professional studies.
Develop high level capacities in communicating and working effectively with others in collaborative exercises requiring sophisticated thinking and problem solving in legal and associated professional studies contexts.
Develop a sophisticated awareness of, and a high level capacity to, apply knowledge in different environments and global legal and professional studies contexts.
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Faculty contact information
Student Service Network
Tel 03 9244 6555