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Masters in Law in Australia: Course Guide for International Students

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
Study Abroad Expert

Masters in Law in Australia is a 2 Years course one can usually pursue after bachelor’s in Law, which provides an in-depth study of the subject and helps in pursuing a legal academic career. Australia is a leading destination for pursuing higher studies in legal fields which gives it a unique position with one of the best lawyers in the world. 

  • After completing Masters one is expected to earn more than $30000. This could rise to $140000 with experience. 
  • Australia has 39 Universities providing LLM, out of which 6 Universities are best in the world when it comes to LLM.

Why Study Masters in Law in Australia?

  • In some jurisdictions “ Masters of Law” is the basic professional degree for admission into legal practise. 
  • According to QS Rankings, 7 Australian Universities rank in top 100 Law Universities in the World.
  • Australia has an overall of 38 accredited Law Universities.
  • According to the Government of Australia, Higher Education including Masters in Law is the preference of 12% of all the International Students coming to Australia. 
  • In 2019, there are about 720,150 international students studying in Australia which is an 11% growth compared to the previous year. 
  • In 2019, 31% of International Students coming to Australia to complete higher education are from India which is a 33% hike from 2018.

After completion of the Master's program, an international student can stay in Australia for 18 months to gather work experience with the help of a Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa.

Course Highlights

CourseMasters in Law
Duration1-2 years
EligibilityBachelors in any field, TOEFL/ IELTS scores
Recruitment DomainJudge, Attorney, Immigration Executive, Candidate attorney etc
Entry Level Package$30,000
Tuition fee range$10000-45000

Top Universities for Masters in Law in Australia

When planning to study law abroad, an international student wants to pursue his/her education from the bestest institute available. The top 10 Universities in Australia providing LLM with the specific rankings in the field of law, Program Name and Duration, Tuition fees and salary are discussed below in details:

QS World University Ranking (Law)UniversityProgram NameTuition Fees
#10University of MelbourneMasters of Law44416
#13University of SydneyMasters of Law49000
#14University of New South WalesMasters of Law43920
#17Australian National UniversityMasters of Law45864
#35Monash UniversityMasters of Law36000
#39University of QueenslandMasters of Law42272
#86University of Western AustraliaMasters of Law38000
#106University of AdelaideMasters of Law42500
#237Macquarie UniversityMaster of Law37500
#320Griffith UniversityMaster of Law23580

Admissions in Masters in Law in Australia

The sections below details of admissions like procedure, eligibility, and documents required for an international student seeking admission to masters in law. 

Procedure

  • Apply directly to the University accompanied with appropriate certificates.
  • Students should go through the brochure that has the course details, fees, and the no of credit points that the student should need to complete their masters.
  • If accepted the student will receive a letter of acceptance from the university.

Eligibility

  • Bachelor in Law or Juris Doctor.
  • Bachelor's from other fields may also apply but they will need a weighted average mark or WAM.
  • 2 years minimum work experience is asked, especially when the student is from a different discipline.
  • TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are generally accepted, with IELTS scores ranging in the area of 6.5-7 and TOEFL scores minimum at 570.
  • GPA scores are also required depending on the University.

University-Specific Eligibility is tabulated below:

UniversityEligibilityOther criteriasELP Test Score
University of Melbourne
 
Bachelors of Law(LLB), Juris Doctor or equivalent2 Years of documented work experienceIELTS: 7
TOEFL: 600+
PTE: 65+
University of Sydney

 
LLB or Juris Doctor-IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 592
University of New South Wales




 
LLb or Juris Doctor



 
If credit average is not available then 2 years of work experienceIELTS: 7
TOEFL: 589
Australian National University




 
LLB or Juris Doctor with Honours Bachelor in another degree with a minimum GPA- 5GPA: 4 with 2 years experienceTOEFL: 570(4.5 TWE)
PTE: 64
IELTS: 6.5(with no band less than 6.0)
Monash University



 
secondary schooling in English medium Bachelor’s Degree-

TOEFL: 550
PTE: 58
IELTS: 6.5( with no band less than 6)

University of Queensland



 
LLB or Junior Doctor from a certified UniversityGPA: 4 2 Years of Work Experience

IELTS: 6.5( with no band less than 6) TOEFL: 570
PTE: 64

University of Western Australia

 
LLB, Junior Doctor UWA weighted average marks of at least 60%Completed 24 points of a graduate diploma in law from this University with UWA weighted average mark of at least 60%GPA: 3
TOEFL: 570
IELTS: 6.5
University of Adelaide

 
LLB or Equivalent qualification from an approved institution
 
-IELTS: 6.5( with no band less than 6)
TOEFL: 577
Macquarie UniversityGood WAM.2 years of work experienceIELTS: 6.5
Griffith University


 
Bachelor's Degree in any disciplineA graduate certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice with a minimum GPA of 4

IELTS: 6.5( with no subscore less than 6) TOEFL: 575
PTE: 58 with no score less than 50

Documents Required

  • Graduation Certificate
  • IELTS/TOEFL/ PTE scores: these are tests required to study in Australia
  • Passport/ Birth Certificate/ Identification Card
  • Medical Reports(If any)
  • Criminal Records( If any)
  • Attested Marksheets and certificates and work experiences letter
  • Important telephone numbers and addresses in India and Australia
  • Health Insurance details

Australian Student Visa

  • Before applying for Visa, English Language Test Scores, confirmation of enrolment from the University in Australia and proof of funds must be obtained. 
  • Application for Australian student Visa is submitted through Immi Account which is a tool to create, submit, make payments and manage all online visa-related applications in one window.
  • Visa Application fee: $413, it can be paid online through MasterCard, VISA, American Express etc
  • A student may opt for Subclass 500 Student Visa or Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa according to his need. Temporary Graduate Visa allows the student to stay for 2 years after completing his education to gain work experience.
  • For Higher Education Sector Student Visa processing time is around a month and the acceptance rate is around 23%
  • The Validity of Student Visa is for the duration of the course only.
  • Incomplete Documents, Choosing a course not related to previous academic studies, the financial inability of the student, low marks in English Proficiency Tests, Health Issues are some of the reasons for Visa's refusal.

Cost of Studying Masters in Law in Australia

When planning to study abroad, Australia is a comparatively less expensive country to study in. The sections below discuss the costs of studying master's in law in Australia. 

Pre-arrival expenses

The Costs of studying in Australia begins way before physically landing on its shores. Below are some of the costs that one has to endure before reaching there, like visa fees, IELTS fees, TOEFL fees are some more:

ItemsCosts($)
Visa Application Fees413
IELTS fees240
TOEFL fees180
GRE fees205
Flight fare530
Total1568

Post arrival Expenses

The Government of Australia states that one must prove to have $14600 for living costs per year. If the person has a partner then $5100 is added and if the person has a child then $2200 is added per child.

Along with these the person must prove to have funds to travel by air and also bring every family member along with him. The Study in Australia guidelines states that any person should have a budget of $ 60-317 per week.

Tuition fees

Australia has Universities that are costly but also have Universities that are less pocket pinching. Some Universities have tuition fees that go beyond $50000, but some Universities are also present that are offering the same course at a price that is as low as $15000. The graph below compares the costs of tuition for popular universities:

Tuition fees V/S University

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Australia is reasonable. Sydney is 18% cheaper than London and 28% cheaper than in New York City. Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia.

ItemsCosts($)
Accommodation1000
Groceries and Eating out80-280
Gas and Electricity25-100
Phone and Internet14-40
Public Transport11-40
Car108-187
Entertainment57-108

 Funding for Studying Masters in Law in Australia

Australia has a whole range of scholarship programs for international students that help with the expenses. Most of them are academic in nature. All Universities offer scholarships that are unique to the University, some of them, are:

NameUniversity NameAward (AUD)Special Note
International Postgraduate Coursework AwardMelbourne University25-100% Fee remissionLast Date: 31st Dec 2020 No of Students: 50
Sydney Scholars India Scholarship ProgramUniversity of SydneyUp to $50000Open Date: 1st April 2020 Closing Date: 31st May 2020
International Scientia Coursework ScholarshipUniversity of New South WalesFull tuition feeDeadline: 31st March 2020
ANU College of Law International Excellence ScholarshipAustralian National University$10000 per annumDeadline: Open all year round No of Students: 5

Find out more about scholarships available to international students in Australia, here

Masters in Law in Australia: Scope

A whole range of jobs are available after completing LLM in Australia. The average income of a person in a legal background is $60000 which can rise to $92000. Around 25% of the people with legal backgrounds earn more than $76000. The best hike is expected after 2-5 years of job experience. After completing Masters in law one is expected to get a hike of around 29%.

JobSalary
Administrative Law Judge86584
Arbitrator68325
Associate attorney64200
Attorney80700
Bailiff50000
Barrister41640
Candidate Attorney55660
Contracts Manager67700
Contracts Negotiator60000

Legal career gives you more returns than the national average. Average earnings in Australia is $54000 but the average income of a person having legal background is $60000. In Australia, it is likely there will be an increment of 8% every 16 months which is decent compared to other countries.

Australia is a large, beautiful but also a unique country. Apart from the hundreds of birds and animals that is native to the place, it’s education system is also native to this part of the world. No wonder millions of students flock to this region. Australia has built its teaching system keeping in mind the millions of international students that come here for a better future.

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