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.
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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.
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
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Note: Specialisations are not necessarily offered at both Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud campuses. Please refer to specialisations for availability.
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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.
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.
Minimum entry requirements:
- Bachelor Degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
- Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or MQP Extended) 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.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.
In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
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 you have.
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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
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.
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
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.