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Master of Laws (Business Law)
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About this course

The Master of Laws (Business Law) (LLM) will help you develop an advanced understanding of the various fields of corporate and commercial law, and equip you with highly sought-after skills. Receive productive learning outcomes with cutting-edge content in emerging business law fields such as Intellectual Property, Global Business Law and Competition Law – with traditional business law subjects.

A Masters in business law offers you the opportunity to further develop your critical thinking and analytical skills, while gaining in-depth legal knowledge to strengthen your professional practice.

Learn more about the online course offering. 

Career opportunities

Australian firms are demanding driven, knowledgeable lawyers with commercial litigation and corporate backgrounds, who also have a strong understanding of property and intellectual property (Thomson Reuters, 2015).

Studying a Master of Laws (Business Law) online prepares graduates for senior and specialist roles in law firms and organisations in both the private and public sectors, including:

  • Senior Associate / Partner
  • Principal advisor   
  • Senior Legal Counsel   
  • Commercial litigation lawyer

Professional recognition

Students can claim participation in postgraduate studies in law as part of their mandatory CPD requirements to hold a practising law certificate.

Major areas of study

This program will have a concentration in Corporate and Commercial Law, including commercial litigation,  property and intellectual property law, consumer and competition law, corporate responsibility, global business law, corporate governance and taxation law.

Assessment methods

Units typically include written and/or oral assignments that match typical work tasks: reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. Practical assessments ensure you graduate with key industry skills and knowledge. Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Weekly activities, readings and case studies are laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you’ll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts and employ critical analysis.

Teaching methods

Southern Cross University’s online courses fit around your work and lifestyle. Our units are delivered by accomplished academics via a collaborative, dynamic and interactive interface.

  • 100% online and flexible – study anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Accelerated study – complete six units a year and receive your degree faster than any other part-time student.
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you, providing the ultimate online student experience.
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

All units can be undertaken online on standard computing equipment. Our multi-modal approach delivers content including video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

A Bachelor degree in law (LLB, JD, or equivalent) at Honours standard, or equivalent

Or

A Bachelor degree in law (LLB, JD, or equivalent), and two years of documented relevant professional experience

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Master of Laws (Business Law) a candidate must successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:

  1. the core unit; and
  2. any other seven (7) units (84 credit points) listed in the Schedule of units attached to the award.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Our enrolment advisors can help you move easily through the application process, including advance standing. Please call us on 1300 854 556 or apply now.

International students

This course is offered fully online in part-time study mode (maximum of 6 units per year). This course is not CRICOS registered and therefore not suitable for international students wishing to study in Australia. Those who would prefer to study in Australia please refer to SCU International Study Options for onshore students for further information. If you’re planning to study online from your home country then apply now.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'