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What will I learn?

Effective legal frameworks and institutions are pivotal in tackling inequality, alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable environment.

The Master of Law and Development (MLaw&Dev) allows you to examine the legalisation of development and the role of international and regional actors in law reform projects. It also offers the opportunity to investigate and analyse both international law and the ‘rule of law’ in a developmental context.

As a student, you can choose from subjects that take a range of practical, historical, critical, applied and theoretical perspectives.

It’s ideal for those working in international development from a government, non-government or not-for-profit background, as well as for those who wish to undertake specialist study in the area in preparation for a research degree. It’s available for both law and non-law graduates.

Students who do not have a law degree must complete International Law, as well as at least 75 credit points from the prescribed list (including the compulsory subject International Law and Development). Students may choose the remaining 12.5 credit points from the subjects available in the Master of Laws (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law and the Minor Thesis).

Students with a law degree must complete at least 75 credit points from the prescribed list (including the compulsory subject International Law and Development). Students may choose their remaining 25 credit points from the subjects available in the Master of Laws (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law).

As a student in the Master of Law and Development, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of law and development, including:

  • the processes and actors involved in the legalisation of development
  • the history and range of rule of law or law reform projects initiated by international and regional institutions
  • the role of international economic institutions in proposing, designing and implementing law reform projects
  • development strategies enabled or foreclosed by attempts at law reform or legal institutional design
  • the success or failure of particular attempts at law reform or rule of law initiatives
  • theoretical approaches to understanding and critiquing law and development initiatives

Which department am I in?

Melbourne Law School

CRICOS

051271K

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$44,416.00 (24,43,124) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

Applicants must have completed:

A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, at honours standard, or equivalent
or
A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, or equivalent and two years of documented relevant professional experience
or
An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of documented relevant professional experience
or
An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline; and successful completion of four subjects in a cognate graduate diploma and one year of documented relevant professional experience.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Application closing dates: Semester 1: 31 October; Semester 2 - 30 April.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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