Postgraduate Applied Law Programs

Postgraduate Applied Law Programs

Master your career

Real-world programs to master your career. 

The College of Law offers postgraduate programs developed by practitioners for practitioners, so you can better master your chosen area of specialisation or accelerate your learning in a whole new area of practice. 

They are designed on the basis of learning by doing — the application of legal skills to realistic tasks and scenarios that practitioners encounter in practice.

Whatever your goals may be, The College of Law’s Postgraduate Applied Law Programs (ALP) can give you the confidence and knowledge you need to master your career.

If you are ready to enrol please click the link below, otherwise please review the information about our programs carefully. We welcome your enquiries so please contact us if you have any questions.


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Australian Legal Practice

Business Law & Transactions

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Business Law and Transactions

Commercial Litigation

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Commercial Litigation
Graduate Diploma of Applied Law (Commercial Litigation)

Family Dispute Resolution Practice (FDRP)

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Family Dispute Resolution Practice 
Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice

Family Law

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Family Law  
Master of Applied Law (Family Law) 
Graduate Diploma of Applied Law (Family Law)

Government and Public Sector Law 

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Government and Public Sector Law 

Graduate Diploma of Applied Law (Government and Public Sector Law)

Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (Government and Public Sector Law)

In-house Practice

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in In-house Practice  
Graduate Diploma of Applied Law (In-house Practice)

Legal Practice Innovation

Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (Legal Practice and Innovation)

Mediation / Dispute Resolution

Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program
LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Dispute Resolution

Property Law

 LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Property Law 

Wills & Estates and Estate Planning 

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Wills & Estates
LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Estate Planning 
Graduate Diploma of Applied Law (Wills & Estates)


Subject offerings by intake


Start Dates



Intake 1

Commences: 18 February 2019
Census date: 6 March 2019
End date: 10 May 2019

Intake 2

Commences: 20 May 2019
Census date: 5 June 2019
End date: 9 August 2019

Intake 3

Commences: 19 August 2019
Census date: 4 September 2019
End date: 8 November 2019

Intake 4

Commences: 18 November 2019
Census date: 6 December 2019
End date: 14 February 2020

how to enrol

You can enrol online today!                   

But before you do, please check you have the following:

  • Certified hard copy of official academic transcript or graduation certificate (LLB, JD, DipLaw). You may also upload a certified colour copy of your transcript when enrolling online
  • Payment or if applying online by FEE-HELP, your TFN is required
  • Hard copy Application for Recognition of Prior Learning if applying for credit or complete online
  • Specialist accreditation certificate (GDLP or other) 
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)


Then follow these three steps to enrol:

  1. Review the information about programs and subjects and/or download the Program Manual (PDF)
  2. Select your program and initial subject or subjects
  3. Enrol online

What you will gain from a College of Law Applied Law Program

Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of law and practice

Client awareness: Better understanding of client needs and how to resolve disputes

Analytical thinking: Ability to think critically to advise and resolve disputes effectively

Communication skills: Effective communication with clients, other legal professionals and related service providers

Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills

Self-awareness: An awareness of personal strengths and limitations

Ease of engagement: Ability to engage in meaningful discourse within the legal profession at various levels

Practical application: Ability to apply knowledge to professional conduct and your duty to the client, court and the community

Self-directing learning: Aptitude for self-directed, life-long learning

Fulfilment: Fulfilment of CPD requirements


LLM (Applied Law)

Tailor your program to suit your needs – choose one or two majors

Master of Applied Law (Family Law)

The preferred program for family lawyers

Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice

A pathway to becoming a family dispute resolution practitioner

Nationally Accredited Mediation Training Program, Workshop and Assessment

For those seeking to become accredited mediators under the National Mediator Accreditation System

Single subjects

You may enrol in a single subject and claim CPD points on the basis of the study in that subject. Assessment is optional – but if you later choose to proceed to an award qualification, you will need to complete the relevant assessment.


Major Project

Students who have enrolled in the Master of Laws (Applied Law) without a major, are required to complete the Major Project in one of the practice areas offered by the College’s Masters program; it is usually the final subject. The Major Project is taken over one intake and is a research-based project resulting in the submission of an 8,000 – 10,000 word paper. This is an independent learning subject involving non-timetabled study. Students should expect the weekly workload involved in research and writing to be approximately ten to twelve hours per week.

To enquire about the Major Project, please email with your best contact details (phone and email) and we will get in touch.


To receive the LLM (Applied Law), you need to complete eight subjects – including the Capstone Project or Major Project. 

To receive the LLM (Applied Law) with a major, you are required to complete:

  • three subjects as well as your Capstone Project, which must come from your major subject area  
  • Electives can come from any area


To receive the LLM (Applied Law) without a major, you are required to complete:

Any seven subjects as well as your Major Project.


For the double major:

  • You will be combining two major practice areas of study within one LLM (Applied Law) program
  • You still receive a single degree – but with two majors
  • You are required to complete at least four subjects per major with one of the eight subjects being a Capstone in one of the majors
  • A very limited Recognition of Prior Learning can be granted. You may apply for a maximum of one specified credit per major. Unspecified Credit cannot be applied to a double major LLM (Applied Law).

I found the lecturers very knowledgeable and also known in the industry so I felt like was getting first-hand knowledge from people who knew what they were doing.

Carla Parsons

Director, Parsons Law, Brisbane Australia


To enrol in the Postgraduate Applied Law Programs you must hold a law degree. 

To enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice (FDRP) you must hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Law, Psychology or Social Work. Applicants from other dispute resolution backgrounds can be considered.

Please view the Program Manual (PDF) for more information. 


Are you a College of Law graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice? If so, you may be eligible for two subject credits.

You may also be eligible for credit if you studied with another provider. 

The College’s Credit for Prior Learning Policy encourages practitioners who have completed previous postgraduate and other recognised study to apply for credit towards either the LLM (Applied Law) or the Master of Applied Law (Family Law).

A maximum of three subject credits may be granted for the Masters awards. 

PLT Coursework
PLT Coursework

Study Options

Most subjects are offered online via our online learning portal. However some subjects are offered in face-to-face mode. Please review the handbook or individual subject details to learn more. Online study allows you to complete your studies when and where you choose. The program is accessible via your mobile device, allowing you to study while travelling, working – or wherever you have online access.

hours of study

For each subject, we recommend that you allow 8-10 hours of study per week for your online learning and activities. However, you will need to devote additional time for tutorials, assessment tasks and exam preparation. 

If you work full-time, we recommend one subject per semester – or two at most.

Fees and payment options

The subject fee for 2019 is $3,300 (GST exempt) per subject. Our fees are reviewed annually and may vary during your enrolment.

Fees are paid in full at the time of enrolment each semester. You may pay by cheque, EFT or credit card. 

Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent humanitarian visas may defer their tuition fee payment through the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP scheme

Important Notice on Tuition Assurance


Scholarship Opportunity

Kay Smith Scholarship

This scholarship commemorates Kay Smith's 33 years of sustained outstanding contribution to The College of Law. In honour of Kay's dedication, this scholarship has been introduced by the Board of Governors to support the education aspirations of outstanding law graduates and young lawyers.

Read more here


I would highly recommend The College of Law Masters to anybody because not only is it very practical but it’s taught well and it’s immediately applicable to one’s day-to-day practice.

Nathanael Kitingan, Special Counsel, Macpherson Kelley

Applied Law Program

The coursework has been absolutely relevant to my daily practice. The material that was provided to us throughout the course is constantly being used by me throughout my practice.

Adeline Schiralli, Associate, Willis & Bowring

Applied Law Program

I found it really useful that a lot of the work was actually done by teleconference. Working in my own practice this means I don’t have to take days and days off work.

Catherine Devine, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Applied Law Program
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