Legal Studies - L6013

Legal Studies

Master degree

The Monash Master of Legal Studies is designed to equip non-lawyers with the legal skills and knowledge you need to make better managerial and commercial decisions and to lead your organisation effectively.

This course provides you with the legal knowledge that will give you a competitive edge in your chosen career.

You can choose to focus on one of nine specialised areas to gain an understanding of the law and how it shapes commercial and public decisions in today’s global environment.

The course offers 9 specialisations:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law and Forensics
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Global Society and Human Rights
  • Health Law and Community
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Public Sector Governance and Regulation
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Transnational Economic Regulation

Rigorous knowledge. Specific skills.

Legal knowledge can help any leader deliver better organisational and commercial results, especially in heavily regulated industries. In fact, a study published in the Harvard Review study suggests CEOs with legal training may perform even better than those with an MBA. When you complete a Monash Master of Legal Studies, you’ll undertake the same units as students studying for the Master of Laws degree. In other words, you’ll receive a level of academic rigour that sets you apart from others in your field.

Accelerate your career with a grounding in the law

Monash students have a track record of promotion and career progression and the Monash Master of Legal Studies is specifically designed to help non-lawyers take their career further. It does this by providing an in-depth grounding in the law that allows better informed decisions. The Master’s degree can benefit anyone who wants the legal knowledge that will help them rise to the top of their chosen career but doesn’t want to become a practising lawyer.

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Course Details

  • 1 year (full time)
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date
First Trimester (February), Second Trimester (July)
Course Handbook

The Monash Legal Masters is designed to equip non-lawyers with the legal skills and knowledge they need to make better managerial and commercial decisions and to lead their organisations effectively.

Focus on a specialised area or select from a broad range of electives to gain a broad understanding of the law and how it shapes commercial and public decisions in today’s global environment.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


A Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline as determined by the faculty, with a minimum credit average.


A Bachelor degree (or equivalent) plus either a graduate diploma (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline or a graduate certificate (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline.


A Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline, plus sufficient relevant work-based experience or professional learning to provide the equivalent of a bachelor honours degree on one of those disciplines, as determined by the faculty.

Applicants will be assessed on their entire academic record, with a credit average (or equivalent) preferred. As a general rule, students who do not have a credit average or are relying on relevant work experience to satisfy entry requirements will need to have worked for at least two years, although the required period may be shorter where the work experience has been supplemented by other relevant learning.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in three parts, Part A Introductory knowledge and Part B Extending specialist knowledge, and Part C Research knowledge.

Making the application

Future students

Trimester one (January), Trimester two (May), Trimester three (August)

Apply directly to Monash using course code L6013


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.