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What will I learn?

The Master of Private Law (MPrivateLaw) gives you the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the core areas of law that are fundamentally important to commercial practice.

As a student, you’ll have a unique opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of the current issues and developments that are vitally important to lawyers involved in commercial litigation and commercial transactions, including contract law, the law of torts, equity, restitution, trusts and remedies.

It’s available for both law and non-law graduates and the flexible structure makes it ideal for working professionals looking to immerse themselves in the study of private law.

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

  • The rules and principles governing contractual dealings, equitable doctrines, civil wrongs and private law remedies
  • The theories and policies that underpin those common law and equitable principles and relevant statutory interventions
  • Challenges that arise in the application of those rules and principles in particular transactions and in litigation
  • Current debates on the nature, basis and potential reform of private law doctrines.

Which department am I in?

Melbourne Law School

CRICOS

076224M

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$44,416.00 (23,77,730) per year
Start date

28 February 2022, 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

Graduate coursework programs normally require the satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university in another country. English language requirements for Coursework degree: 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 (Academic) - 58 + no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill. English language requirements for Master of Philosophy: IELTS (academic English Only) - 7.0 overall, with written 7 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 600 + TWE 5.0; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 94 + (Writing 27; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 65 + written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 185 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill.

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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