Master of Laws (coursework)

This specialist degree is designed for Law graduates to consolidate honours research and for professionals to familiarise themselves with recent developments in law or to enhance intellectual and research skills.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Laws (coursework)
Award abbreviation
LLM
Course code
20500
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
003308M

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework)
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Arts and Law Student Office
6488 2091
askUWA

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2LAWS5105Remedies
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Layering, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
N/ALAWS5110International Negotiation Practice and Skills
NSLAWS5111Corporate Governance for Resources Companies
N/ALAWS5114International Environmental Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
NSLAWS5117Advanced Evidence and Proof
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics; for all other students: LAWS3310 Evidence
Incompatibility:
LAWS3327 Advanced Evidence and Proof
S2LAWS5118Family Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics; for all other postgraduate students: approval must be given by the unit coordinator to take this unit
Incompatibility:
LAWS3376 Introduction to Family Law, LAWS3377 Advanced Family Law (or equivalents)
N/ALAWS5126Banking Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics, and LAWS5104 Corporations Law; for all other students: LAWS3322 Corporations Law, or LAWS5104 Corporations Law
Co-requisites:
LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
Incompatibility:
LAWS3373 Banking Law
S2LAWS5128Consumer Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory, and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3370 Consumer Law
S2LAWS5132Income Taxation Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3362 Income Taxation Law
N/ALAWS5135Insurance Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3383 Insurance Law
S1LAWS5144Mining and Energy Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics; for all other postgraduate students: students from a non-law background must seek permission from the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
LAWS3371 Mining and Energy Law, LAWS5517 Mining Law
S1LAWS5150Intellectual Property Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3338 Introduction to Intellectual Property
S1, S2LAWS5160Law Review Part 1 (0 points)
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
S1, S2LAWS5161Law Review Part 2
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
S2LAWS5165Public International Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics, LAWS4104 Property, and LAWS4107 Land Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3354 Public International Law
S2LAWS5167Comparative Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law and LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law
NSLAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
NSLAWS5179Law of the Sea
N/ALAWS5181Health Law and Policy
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process; LAWS4102 Criminal Law; LAWS4103 Contract; LAWS4104 Property; LAWS4106 Torts; LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law; LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics (or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics); LAWS4107 Land Law; for all other students: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3324 Medicine and the Law
S1LAWS5182Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (20820) students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics (LAWS4109 Legal Theory Ethics), LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4107 Land Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS5534 Indigenous Peoples and the Law, LAWS3358 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
N/ALAWS5208Oil and Gas Project Development Law
NSLAWS5210Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context
NSLAWS5211Intellectual Property and China's Innovation-based Economy
NSLAWS5212China–Australia Relations: Trade, Investment and Law
NSLAWS5213Practical Issues with Chinese Contracts and Commercial Laws
N/ALAWS5219International Criminal Law
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none
N/ALAWS5220International Humanitarian Law
N/ALAWS5222Working with the Written Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3320 Legislation in Practice and LAWS5820 Legislation in Practice
NSLAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
NSLAWS5226International Human Rights Law
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none
N/ALAWS5229The Law Relating to Conflict—Technology and Future Challenges
SSLAWS5230Aviation Law
NSLAWS5252International Trade Financing
NSLAWS5253International Shipping Law
S1LAWS5254World Trade Organization Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS6254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
NSLAWS5305Mediation: Practice and Skills
N/ALAWS5306Arbitration: Practice and Skills
NSLAWS5360Employment Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
NSLAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
S2LAWS5503Conflict of Laws
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
NSLAWS5517Mining Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3371 Mining and Energy Law (formerly 200.371 Mining and Energy Law 371), LAWS5144 Mining and Energy Law
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
N/ALAWS5528Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3392 Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
NSLAWS5532Oil and Gas Agreements
NSLAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
N/ALAWS5541Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation
NSLAWS5576International Commercial Arbitration
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4107 Land Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3307 International Commercial Arbitration, LAWS6576 International Commercial Arbitration
NSLAWS5589Australian Oil and Gas Law
N/ALAWS5590Water Resources Law
N/ALAWS5591Personal Property
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1, and LAWS5697 Research Paper III Part 2
S1, S2LAWS5696Research Paper III Part 1
Co-requisites:
Students taking Part 1 in Semester 1 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 2; students taking Part 1 in Semester 2 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 1.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5695 Research Paper II
S1, S2LAWS5697Research Paper III Part 2
Prerequisites:
Students may only take this unit if they have completed LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1 in the previous semster.
N/ALAWS5813Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics; for all other students: LAWS4103 Contract (formerly LAWS5103 Contract) or equivalent Bachelor of Law unit
S1LAWS5820Legislation in Practice
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics, for all other students: LAWS4400 Constitutional Law I, or LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3320 Legislation in Practice

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 106, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or equivalent as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

or

(b) completed 24 points of the Graduate Diploma in Law of this University with a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent*.

*Credit for units completed in this course will only be given if the course is not conferred.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 20320 Graduate Diploma in Law (24 points)
  • 20500 Master of Laws (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Laws course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Part-time students, or those commencing mid-year, who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in their first year of enrolment are assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Students other than those covered by (1) who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.