About this course
|Award title||Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law|
|Year & campus||2019 — Parkville|
|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|
The specialisation in environmental law provides students with expertise in a dynamic area of law that will continue to grow in importance. The course is of particular relevance to people working in environmental and resources sectors, professionals in government, legal practitioners and those with a broader philosophical or practical interest. The subjects are focused on emerging national and international legal issues and practices, such as in water law, climate change law, the management of land subject to native title and general planning and development. Other areas include the negotiation of international environmental treaties, the distinctive environmental law and policy of the United States and the laws surrounding international ‘commons’ areas such as Antarctica, the high seas and outer space.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a degree in Law (LLB, JD or equivalent) at honours standard or equivalent leading to admission to legal practice; or
- a degree in Law (LLB, JD or equivalent) or equivalent leading to admission to legal practice and at least one year of documented, relevant professional experience; or
- an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and at least one year of documented, relevant professional work experience.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and if necessary
- the professional experience.
3. 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.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
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 Environmental Law will:
Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of environmental law including:
- an in-depth knowledge of the specialist area of environmental law and associated disciplinary areas
- detailed knowledge of the complex law and regulation in the field
- the capacity to identify new laws and/or apply existing law in the rapidly evolving legal context for environmental law, including international environmental law
Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
- analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of environmental law
- research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice
- interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of environmental law.
Advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the relevant area of law
The specialist focus of the Melbourne Law Masters, the constant review and renewal of subjects and courses, the range and expertise of instructors from Australia and around the world, and regular advice from our advisory boards combine to ensure that courses and subjects reflect emerging knowledge and ideas
Ability to evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge in the area
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 encouraged 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.
Capacity to communicate, orally and in writing
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 originality and discovery that befits a quality postgraduate program, and students are encouraged and assisted to publish work of a high standard in refereed journals.
Capacity to manage competing demands on time
The demanding nature of graduate study requires effective time-management skills from all students. The rigour of our programs, whether undertaken part-time or full-time, ensures that all successful graduates have enhanced time-management skills.
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.
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.
Environmental Law subjects
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|LAWS70293||Climate Change Law||
|LAWS90088||Disaster Law and Climate Adaptation||
|LAWS90089||Environmental Compliance and Enforcement||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70100||Environmental Law||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS90010||Green Technology Law and Policy||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70219||International Environmental Law||
|LAWS90026||Native Title Law and Practice||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70349||Planning and Development Law||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70464||Toxics, Waste and Contamination Law||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS90053||Transnat'l Corporations: Rights & Duties||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|LAWS70185||Water Law & Natural Resources Management||
|LAWS90148||Politics of Transnational Regulation||
Last updated: 18 December 2020