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At UNSW, the discipline of Law combines the tradition of a university education with the professional education of lawyers.

The study of law involves the analysis of legal institutions, legal theories, principles, and practice. It also examines the rights and duties of individuals, organisations, business and the government with respect to the law.

As well as preparing students for careers in the legal profession, a legal education at UNSW exposes students to social responsibility in its diverse manifestations, covering topics such as human rights and consumer law, as well as corporate and commercial law. It aims to encourage critical understanding, research and debate in all issues relating to the law.

Graduates are employed in leading law firms, management consultancy, government, as associates to the judiciary, and in the varied occupations in which having a law degree is a major advantage.

Studying Law at UNSW

The study of Law at UNSW is primarily through the Faculty of Law (

At the postgraduate level, several courses of study are offered: Master of Laws (LLM); a Graduate Diploma in Law (Grad Dip Law); a Master of Legal Studies (MLS); a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (Grad Dip Leg Studs); and a Master of Law and Management (MLM), offered jointly with the Australian Graduate School of Management, the premier management school in Australia.

Please refer to the table below for further details.

Note that the three year full-time postgraduate Juris Doctor agree is also available, to graduates of non-law degree programs. See the undergraduate section of this Online Handbook or the Faculty of Law ( for further details.

Law can be studied as 

Specialisation At the Level of Plan
Juris Doctor Specialisation LAWSAS9150

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