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Why study the SCU Online LLM?

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Gain in-demand business law skills

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Learn from academics with legal backgrounds

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Accelerated learning designed for busy lawyers

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Dedicated support every step of the way 

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Make an immediate impact in your work 

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One of Australia's most affordable LLM programs

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Case-study heavy program

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Quick facts

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Duration

16 months part-time

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100% online

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Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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8

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Fees

$2,990 per unit, FEE-HELP available

Watch Southern Cross University's Head of School of Law and Justice, Professor Bill MacNeil, speak of the benefits for lawyers to specialise in business law and study online.

Professor Bill McNeil: "At the School of Law and Justice, we take our students seriously. You have priority at our School." Subheading: Professor Bill MacNeil Masters of Law (Business Law) Bill McNeil: "Well, an LLM is designed for candidates who have prior legal training and usually, some legal experience, so that’s not necessarily a requirement. So, if you’re a recent graduate, junior solicitor or barrister, or a senior practitioner who wants specialisation, the LLM in business law at Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice is a perfect postgraduate option for you. We are training a variety of lawyers; a diversity of legal practitioners whether they’re in the private sector or the public sector, whether they’re young or old, whether they’re seasoned or newbies."

Practical, real-world skills that apply to your work

If you are a lawyer looking to enhance your skills in the challenging area of corporate and commercial law, then the online Master of Laws (Business Law) is the right choice for you. Whether you are working in the public or private sector, you can progress up the career ladder with a practical business law specialisation. This Masters degree offers you the opportunity to further develop your critical thinking and analytical skills while gaining in-depth, practical legal knowledge to strengthen your professional practice.

This accelerated postgraduate law qualification is designed for lawyers who want fast-tracked learning to gain a specialised degree that can be applied while working full-time. Set yourself apart with a 100% online Master of Laws (Business Law) from Southern Cross University.

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Specialise in business law

Focus on the core components of business law, giving you a specialised skill set and the confidence to practice in the challenging area of commercial and corporate law. 

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Master legal research

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the nature and objectives of legal research. Formulate and refine a research topic, locate source materials with advanced technologies and present a research proposal. 

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Strengthen your practice

Lead your professional practice to new heights with stronger critical thinking and analytical skills, plus newfound expertise for all things business law. You will be exposed to modern case studies that further cement your learnings unit to unit. 

What you will study

The Southern Cross University Online Master of Laws (Business Law) (LLM) students will complete one core capstone unit, and seven elective units. Electives on offer are subject to which study period a student commences their degree in. 

In this unit, formulate and refine a research topic, locate source materials using advanced technologies and present a research proposal.

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This unit offers you the opportunity to explore contemporary topics of interest, debate and policy development within the discipline of intellectual property (IP) law.

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This unit engages with and analyses fundamental property law concepts.

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This unit has students examine the legal and equitable principles and statutory framework underpinning contract law in Australia with an emphasis on practical and commercial applications of the relevant principles.

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This unit provides an understanding of the operation of the competition law provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, as well as the economic theory underlying.

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Gain a strong understanding of the operation of Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – The Australian Consumer Law, and the economic theory underlying the Act.

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This unit introduces the global legal system, specifically global business law.

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Explore the specific issues that impact corporations involved in litigation.

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Gain knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of tax law.

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Critically reflect on corporate governance mechanisms in the Australian legal terrain.

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Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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To qualify for the Master of Laws (Business Law) online, you must have:

  • 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; AND

  • Students must also be proficient in English.

Don't have an undergraduate degree in law? You could be eligible for the Master of Business Law degree. 

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules

 

We recognise and grant credit for past education or qualifications in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At SCU Online, we have helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
     
SCU Online provides affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
     
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your LLM, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 

 

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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

Australian Qualifications Framework

SCU’s online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring you a quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development.

The World Universities Rankings

Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 150 Young Universities.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

SCU postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above national average.

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Zohra -LLM - testimonial

Master of Information Technology student Zohra.

I chose SCU Online because I was attracted to the flexibility of the program. I am able to study at times that are suitable to me rather than having to adhere to a structured attendance timetable. This was an important feature for me as someone who is working full-time and managing a household.

Zohra Ali

Online Master of Laws (Business Law) Graduate

Robyn -LLM - testimonial

Master of Laws student Robyn.

Doing this study, particularly online, enables me to stay in full-time employment whilst enjoying the intellectual challenges study presents. I would not be able to do further study if there was no online component offered.

Robyn Cathcart

Online Master of Laws (Business Law) Student

What our students do

Graduates of a Master of Laws (Business Law) online will prepare you for senior and specialist roles across private and public sectors, in both law firms and organisations. 

  • Legal Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Executive Manager
  • Office Administrator
  • Solicitor

 

  • Corporate and Commercial Lawyer
  • Legal Consultant
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Meet our Course Academic

Professor William MacNeil is the Dean of Law and Head of School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University. He has an extensive legal background and is the inaugural holder of The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law. Professor MacNeil is also a scholar of jurisprudence and cultural legal studies and his most recent book, Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction; won the 2013 Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities. 

Professor William McNeil.