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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, plus completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0 -credit point compulsory unit).
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 requires 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.
2020 course information
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.
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.
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, or 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.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Minimum admission criteria:
- Bachelor Degree or higher, in any discipline OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
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 Recognition of 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.
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 alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
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.
- Graduate Certificate of Legal Studies (M536)
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies (M636)
Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
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Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
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.