Reasons to study LLM in Australia
The most popular countries for an LLM study abroad are still the USA and Great Britain. However, a corresponding degree from Down Under no longer seems exotic and is highly regarded by employers. Because the quality of the study programs of Australian universities can easily rival those of North American and British universities. After all, the University of Melbourne ranks eighth worldwide in the field of law in the QS World University Ranking and offers a huge selection of modules that can be optimally tailored to your own interests.
But not only the University of Melbourne offers its international students excellent conditions in the field of research and teaching. Likewise, the La Trobe University can LLM program provide it upon her a long tradition in respect and provides interdisciplinary and globally relevant specializations including in the areas of Comparative Law, International Law and Global Business Law.
What all Australian universities have in common is the great variety of content in the programs, the excellent library equipment, the low number of participants and intensive support from tutors and lecturers. Anyone who decides to do their LLM in Australia will benefit from
- consistently flexible programs
- the close-knit support
- the diversity of the course content offered
- small course sizes and
- the opportunity to deal intensively with the common law system.
Finally, from Australia, the German legal system can be viewed from a completely different perspective. By the way, you will optimize your English skills to a business fluent level. Because English is not only the worldwide commercial language spoken in large international corporations, but also the language of international law. Studying abroad at the other end of the world will not least impress your future employers: after all, it signals commitment, organizational skills and open-mindedness.
Requirements for an LLM degree in Australia
The admission requirements at Australian universities are quite moderate. In most cases, applicants only need to have passed the first state examination or Bachelor of Laws and have sufficient knowledge of English. Some universities require a minimum number of points for the first degree. It is best to inquire about this at the university of your choice. Applicants usually prove their language skills by means of a standardized language test such as the TOEFL or IELTS.
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Costs and ways to finance an LLM in Australia
Australian universities are largely financed by tuition fees. International students pay between AUD 20,000 and AUD 52,000 for an LLM in Australia. Most programs are somewhere in the middle price range, between AUD 25,000 and AUD 35,000. If you add the cost of living, you get a not inconsiderable amount for the Master of Laws in Australia.
Funding and financing options
Fortunately, however, there are several forms of financial assistance that make the LLM in Australia affordable. Students who perform particularly well should try to get hold of a scholarship. In Germany, these are mainly awarded by the DAAD or various organizations promoting the gifted. Australian universities also award scholarships to particularly promising graduate students.
The Australian government also presents the Endeavor Awards, which support particularly talented international students with up to AUD 15,000 per semester. Another way of making the LLM affordable in Australia is through low- interest education and student loans or education funds, such as the Brain Capitlal LLM Education Fund.
Visa and entry into Australia
As a German student, you need a visa to complete the LLM in Australia. You should apply for this in good time before the planned trip using the online form at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Among other things, you need a certificate of enrollment and proof of sufficient financial resources. In some cases, the Australian Embassy will ask for an examination by a contracted doctor. You can find more information about the Australian student visa here in the guide.
A foreign health insurance for Australia is also compulsory. Vaccinations for Australia are not required. In any case, it makes sense to visit a travel doctor a few weeks before departure to have the standard vaccination protection refreshed and, if necessary, to add further vaccinations.
Innovative Research Universities
The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network has existed since 2003. All of the founding members were Australian universities that were founded in the 1960s and 1970s with a comprehensive research mandate. At the time these universities were founded, there were many innovations in the design and delivery of education. Together with the explicit research assignment, this is the reason why the university network bears the name “Innovative Research Universities”. Around 15 percent of students in Australia are enrolled in one of the network’s universities.
The composition of the Innovative Research Universities network has changed a little since it was founded. A founding member left the association, other universities joined him after 2003. The following universities are currently part of the Innovative Research Universities:
- Charles Darwin University
- Griffith University
- James Cook University
- La Trobe University
- Murdoch University
Goals of the Innovative Research Universities
The university association Innovative Research Universities pursues the goal of increasing the already high quality of the universities. The IRU try to influence the policy of the Australian government for the higher education sector in a positive way. In addition, the Innovative Research Universities want to create opportunities for students and other interest groups through collaborations and partnerships. Various projects at the IRU focus, among other things, on further developing research strengths and improving teaching quality.