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What will I learn?

The law forms the foundation on which civilised societies are based. In fact, it underpins many of society’s social, economic and scientific challenges. Having a knowledge of law will allow you to expertly respond to a range of individual, corporate, national and global problems.

This degree will prepare you for a range of careers in Australia and globally, as well as satisfy the educational requirements to become a legal practitioner. It continues Macquarie’s tradition of providing interdisciplinary and contextual perspectives on the study of law.


  • You’ll learn about the law in its broader context, looking beyond law as a set of rules and procedures or as a technical qualification and, instead, as something that has the power to shape lives.
  • This degree is accredited with professional bodies regulating the admission of law graduates to legal practice and provides appropriate qualification for admission to practice as a lawyer throughout Australia.
  • You can choose to study on campus or online, where you’ll learn from academics with practical experience as legal practitioners and who are actively engaged in research on contemporary legal issues.
  • The interdisciplinary approach of this degree has earned our graduates a reputation for being well-rounded professionals with highly capable legal minds, who also have a realistic understanding of the world, its people and the issues that bind them together.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to undertake internships and work placements in a range of legal settings in Australia and overseas through our unique law PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program.
  • Our small class sizes and dedicated postgraduate classes ensure you’re well supported to achieve throughout the degree and beyond graduation.
  • As a graduate, you’ll join distinguished alumni who include some of Australia’s leading judges, managing partners of national law firms, diplomats, members of parliament and senior executives in the private sector.


The Juris Doctor is accredited with professional bodies regulating the admission of law graduates to legal practice and provides appropriate qualification for admission to practice as a lawyer throughout Australia.

In addition to completing a law program at an accredited institution, the profession requires all graduates to complete a period of legal training including further study, continuing professional development units and supervised experience in a legal practice, before being admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor.

To be qualified as an Australian Legal Practitioner in NSW, a solicitor or barrister also requires a Practising Certificate issued by the Councils of the Law Society of New South Wales or the New South Wales Bar Association respectively. Similar bodies and systems of accreditation exist in the other states.


Those wanting to enter the legal profession or develop a broad, comprehensive understanding of the Australian legal system.

Career Opportunities


  • Barrister
  • Community advocate
  • Diplomat
  • In-house counsel
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy officer
  • Politician
  • Solicitor


  • Community legal centres
  • Consultancies
  • Consumer goods manufacturers
  • Diplomatic service
  • Education
  • Financial institutions
  • Health services
  • In-house legal practice
  • Media organisations
  • NGO advocacy bodies
  • Pharmaceutical businesses
  • Professional service organisations
  • Public service
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Start-ups
  • Technology and telecommunications companies
  • Trade unions

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$40,800.00 (US$ 30,308) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

AQF level 8 bachelor honours or graduate diploma qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent, Meet two of the following three criteria: AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent; Minimum of two years relevant approved work experience, professional certification or other recognised prior learning; AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with a WAM of 65

For international students

AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent

Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 6.5 in each band, or equivalent.


PTE Academic 65

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


About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 200 global universities, Macquarie University provides transformative and practical learning experiences for its students.

  • Ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • Provides over 30,000 practical work placements
  • Offers a generous scholarship programme