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POSTGRADUATE SPECIALISATON
PROGRAM FAQ

POSTGRADUATE SPECIALISATON
PROGRAM FAQ

POSTGRADUATE SPECIALISATON PROGRAM FAQ

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE LLM (APPLIED LAW)?

This depends on your workload and your personal situation.

If you complete 1 subject every intake you could complete your Masters in 2 years.

However, you have five years to complete the course from your intake commencement date.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL  AFTER I ENROL?

You can do any of the following without financial penalty any time before the published census date for each intake:

  • Withdraw completely
  • Change the subject or course you are enrolled in


Defer it to a subsequent intake (must be within the next 12 months)

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO TAKE A BREAK FROM MY STUDIES?

As you have 5 years to complete your Masters, you don’t need to complete a subject every intake. However, if you do not study for 2 consecutive intakes – then you can apply for a Leave of Absence. You can only request a leave of absence twice over the course of your studies.

 

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO I NEED TO SET ASIDE FOR STUDY?

There are four intakes a year, February, May, August and November.

If you are working full time, we recommend one or two subjects per intake

 

WHEN ARE THE INTAKES?

There are four intakes a year, February, May, August and November.

 

CAN I CLAIM CPD POINTS?

You may be entitled to claim your full 10 units per subject for your CPD requirements.

However, you may still need to complete some mandatory CPD units. Please check with your local law society for the requirements in your state or territory.

 

CAN I RECEIVE CREDIT FOR ANY PRIOR LEARNING?

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 towards the Masters awards.

  • If you have undertaken a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with The College of Law within the last ten years, you may apply to receive up to two elective subjects of unspecified credit.
  • If you have undertaken a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with another provider within the last ten years, you may apply to receive one elective subject of unspecified credit.
  • If you have undertaken other postgraduate study, such as an LLM or Graduate Diploma of Law, whether you have completed the award or not, you may be eligible to receive credit for that study.
  • Accredited Specialists may qualify for exemption of the foundations subject and Capstone Project for their area of major.
  • Applicants who have completed a Legal Practice Management Course at The College of Law in NSW within the last five years should contact Client Services for their recognition of prior learning options.


To apply for advanced standing, please complete the application for recognition of prior learning online along with your application for enrolment, and upload an original certified copy of your academic transcript.

 

CAN I TAKE ELECTIVES FROM THE LEGAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM?

Yes. Many LLM students choose electives from our Legal Business Management course. Please contact us to learn how.

 

WILL A FAMILY LAW QUALIFICATION QUALIFY ME AS A FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTITIONER?

No. To become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, you will need to:

  1. Complete the Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Practice (FRDP)
  2. Seek accreditation with the Attorney-General


Many students choose to pursue an LLM with a double major in Family Law and FDRP.

 

WOULD I BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEE-HELP?

Yes, if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP.

 

CAN I UNDERTAKE A STANDALONE SINGLE SUBJECT?

Yes, you can, but FEE-help will not apply.

 

DO I NEED TO BE PROFICIENT IN ENGLISH?

Yes. If you are from a non-English speaking country or your previous studies were in a language other than English, you will need to demonstrate your English skills in accordance with the IELTS standard before starting the program.

The requisite IELTS standard is at level 8 (writing), 7 (listening), 7.5 (speaking), 7 (reading), and 7.5 overall.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL AFTER I ENROL?

You can do any of the following without financial penalty any time before the published census date for each intake:

  • Withdraw completely
  • Change the subject or course you are enrolled in


Defer it to a subsequent intake (must be within the next 12 months)

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO TAKE A BREAK FROM MY STUDIES?

You can defer a subject or request a leave of absence for up to six months. You can only request a leave of absence twice over the course of your studies.