About this course
|Award title||Graduate Diploma in Competition and Consumer Law|
|Year & campus||2019|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||50 credit points|
|Duration||6 months full-time or 12 months part-time|
*There will be no further entry into this course from 2019 onwards. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding this course.
The specialisation in competition and consumer law offers advanced expertise and skills in an area of law that is growing, complex, interdisciplinary and crucial to economic welfare at national and international levels. The courses in this specialisation are designed to recognise the economic character of the law, and also to offer an applied focus on issues arising in practice. In addition to providing students with a detailed understanding of the law and economics applicable in this field, current policy debates and reform initiatives, as well as international and comparative perspectives, are at the heart of the program. All of the subjects in the specialty are taught by world leaders in the field, from academia, the profession and government. The specialty also offers a fully online suite of courses and subjects in global competition and consumer law. Students enrolled in on-campus courses are able to take subjects in the online program.
- A degree in Law (LLB, JD or equivalent) at honours standard or equivalent leading to admission to legal practice;
- A degree in Law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to legal practice and at least one year of documented, relevant professional experience;
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and at least one year of documented, relevant professional work experience.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:
- The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
- The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
- The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
- The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
- The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
- The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.
Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Competition and Consumer Law will:
- Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of competition and consumer law, including the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in relation to:
- the rules that prohibit anti-competitive conduct in major jurisdictions in this field around the world
- the economic theories and policies that underpin and influence the operation of competition and consumer law
- the design, operation and assessment of institutions that administer competition and consumer law
- challenges that arise in the practice and application of competition and consumer law from both the perspective of businesses, practitioners, governments and enforcement agencies
- current debates on the reform of competition and consumer law
- Have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills that enable them to:
- analyse critically, evaluate and convey information and
- generate ideas and solutions to complex problems from both theoretical and practical perspectives in the subjects studied in the field of competition and consumer law
- Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in the field of competition and consumer law.
Advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the relevant area(s) of law
The specialist focus of the Melbourne Law Masters, the constant review and renewal of subjects and courses to ensure coverage of recent developments, the range and expertise of instructors from Australia and around the world, and regular advice from MLM advisory boards combine to ensure that courses and subjects reflect emerging knowledge and ideas.
Ability to investigate, evaluate, synthesise and apply existing knowledge in the relevant area(s) with creativity and initiative
Small classes, a discussion-based environment and the emphasis on quality teaching and learning create an environment in which knowledge is exchanged, critically examined and adapted to current circumstances.
Well-developed problem solving abilities, characterised by flexibility of approach
Most subjects approach knowledge by reference to various issues or problems. Students are required to critically analyse problems and identify and develop a range of appropriate solutions through class discussion, individual study and assessment tasks.
Advanced competencies in legal research and analysis
Class preparation and class discussions are designed to enhance these skills, which are tested in all forms of assessment. All graduates of an LLM will have demonstrated, through subject assessment, the ability to use their research skills to plan, develop and execute substantial research-based project(s) and/or piece(s) of scholarship.
Capacity to effectively communicate complex legal ideas and theories, orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
Classroom discussion and formal presentations provide an opportunity to hone oral communication skills, and written assessment tasks are graded in part on written communication skills.
Appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research
Research papers and other research tasks are expected to attain a degree of creativity, originality and discovery that befits a postgraduate program of the highest quality, and students are encouraged and assisted to publish original work of a high standard in refereed journals.
Capacity to manage competing demands on time and ability to work with a high level of autonomy and accountability
The demanding nature of graduate study requires effective time-management skills from all students and an ability to work independently and be accountable for commitment to study and output, as demonstrated through class attendance, engagement and assessment. The rigour of our programs, whether undertaken part-time or full-time, ensures that all successful graduates have enhanced time-management skills and the ability to work with relative autonomy.
Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, including the ethics of scholarship
Some subjects have a substantive ethical component. All instructors have a respect for intellectual integrity and are skilled scholars or practitioners in their own right.
Appreciation of the way in which knowledge provides a foundation for leadership
Instructors in the Melbourne Law Masters are leaders in their fields, and many subjects involve visiting academics, exposing students to a wider array of leaders in a range of legal fields. The Law School is committed to the significance of knowledge, which informs all regular programs and a wide range of additional activities.
Capacity to value and participate in teamwork
Small class sizes and an intensive teaching format are valuable in encouraging group dynamics and teamwork.
Understanding of the significance and value of knowledge to the wider community
Law and legal knowledge are a community resource. In some subjects, this perspective is covered explicitly by the syllabus and the manner in which issues are treated in class. In addition, our diverse student body ensures that a range of perspectives on the way law impacts on the community are identified and analysed.
Capacity to engage with issues in contemporary society
Our programs focus on the most up-to-date legal knowledge, analysing current issues and problems through the curriculum design, classroom discussion and assessment tasks. International students are also invited to participate in extracurricular activities to aid understanding of Australian law and legal institutions.
Advanced working skills in the use of new technology
The most advanced IT infrastructure is available to Melbourne Law Masters students in the Law Library, the Moot Court Room, classroom settings and for private study.
This is an on-campus degree but enables students to take some subjects online. It is available to law and non-law graduates. Students must complete four subjects from the prescribed lists.
Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction or any prior legal studies or experience are also expected to complete the two-day preliminary subject Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions.
Students are able to take up to two subjects in the online Global Competition and Consumer Law Program, subject only to the avoidance of substantial overlap with the content of subjects completed in the on-campus program.
Please note that international students on a student visa may only take up to 25% of their course online.
Competition Law Overview
Melbourne Law School also offers a one-day seminar called Competition Law Overview, providing students with a basic grounding in the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).
Competition and Consumer Law subjects (on-campus)
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|LAWS70380||Australian Consumer Law||
|LAWS90046||Competition and New Technologies||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS90085||Competition in the Healthcare Industry||
|LAWS70208||Competition Law & Intellectual Property||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS90090||EU Competition Law||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70301||Internat and Comparative Competition Law||
|LAWS90095||International Trade and Competition Law||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70104||Regulating Infrastructure & Utilities||Not available in 2019||12.5|
Other subjects (on-campus)
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|LAWS70385||Criminal Law: Business and Organisations||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70073||Expert Evidence||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70460||Regulatory Policy and Practice||
|LAWS70437||Sports and Competition Law||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70046||Trade Marks and Unfair Competition||
|LAWS90111||Chinese Competition Law and Policy||Not available in 2019||12.5|
Global Competition and Consumer Law subjects (online)
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|LAWS90067||Asian Competition Policy and Law||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS90069||Competition Law in a Globalised World||
|LAWS90065||Foundations: Competition Law & Economics||
Last updated: 18 December 2020