Master of Legal Studies

Postgraduate coursework

There are currently no intakes for this course.

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

This course is currently unavailable for intake

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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.

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Course structure

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.

4

Core units

4

Units from a specified stream

8

Units from a specialisation

16

Total units

Core Units

  • Academic Integrity MAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Foundations of Law MLM704
  • Public International Law MLM785
  • Business Law MLC707
  • Research Methodology MLM705
  • Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each stream and specialisation for campus availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Legal Studies
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    M737
    CRICOS code?
    093171M
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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.

    Please note: From Trimester 2 2018, the course will be unavailable for intake.

    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

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    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.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Entry 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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $31,936 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    Not applicable

    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.

    Scholarship 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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Need more information on how to apply?

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    Contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

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    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

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    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

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    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.

    Communication

    Develop high level communication skills in different forms relevant to different legal and non-legal audiences and in associated professional studies.

    Digital Literacy

    Use technologies to identify, locate, and evaluate information for complex problem solving scenarios as well as communicating legal and associated professional studies’ solutions.

    Critical thinking

    Exercise critical thinking capacities in defining complex legal and professional studies problems and in examining major legal and professional studies policy issues.

    Problem Solving

    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

    Self-management

    Develop high level capacities to undertake major independent research and policy-related work in law and associated professional studies.

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global Citizenship

    Develop a sophisticated awareness of, and a high level capacity to, apply knowledge in different environments and global legal and professional studies contexts.

     

     


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