About this course
|Award title||Master of Competition and Consumer Law|
|Year & campus||2022|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||100 credit points|
|Duration||12 months full-time or 24 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) leading to admission to practice, at honours standard, or equivalent;
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, or equivalent and two years of documented relevant professional experience;
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of documented relevant professional experience;
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline; and successful completion of four subjects in a cognate graduate diploma and one year of documented relevant professional 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 Master of Competition and Consumer Law will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of competition and consumer law, including:
- 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 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 competition and consumer law
- research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
- 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 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 eight subjects in total.
Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete the subject Fundamentals of the Common Law as well as seven subjects from the prescribed lists.
Students with a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete at least seven subjects from the prescribed lists and may choose an eighth subject from those available in the Melbourne Law Masters (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law).
Students are able to take up to four 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 2022||12.5|
|LAWS90085||Competition in the Healthcare Industry||Not available in 2022||12.5|
|LAWS70208||Competition Law & Intellectual Property||Not available in 2022||12.5|
|LAWS90090||EU Competition Law||Not available in 2022||12.5|
|LAWS70301||Intl and Comparative Competition Law||Not available in 2022||12.5|
|LAWS90095||International Trade and Competition Law||
|LAWS70104||Regulating Infrastructure & Utilities||Not available in 2022||12.5|
Other subjects (on-campus)
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|LAWS70385||White Collar Crime||
|LAWS70217||Fundamentals of the Common Law||
|LAWS70067||International Legal Internship||
|LAWS70460||Regulatory Policy and Practice||
|LAWS70437||Sports and Competition Law||Not available in 2022||12.5|
|LAWS70046||Trade Marks and Unfair Competition||
|LAWS90111||Chinese Competition Law and Policy||Not available in 2022||12.5|
Global Competition and Consumer Law subjects (online)
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|LAWS90069||Competition Law in a Globalised World||
|LAWS90065||Foundations: Competition Law & Economics||
A student who completes a masters degree in the Melbourne Law Masters is eligible to apply for entry to the PhD program.
Last updated: 12 November 2022