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Law in Australia and Law Degrees at La Trobe University School of Law, Melbourne, Australia. Professor Dr. Gordon R Walker, SJD (Duke) La Trobe University School of Law A Presentation for German Law Students, May 2010. Key Messages for German Law Students who have done FFA or equivalent.

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Law in australia and law degrees at la trobe university school of law melbourne australia

Law in Australia and Law Degrees at La Trobe University School of Law, Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Dr. Gordon R Walker, SJD (Duke)

La Trobe University School of Law

A Presentation for German Law Students, May 2010.


Key messages for german law students who have done ffa or equivalent

Key Messages for German Law Students who have done FFA or equivalent

  • If you are a German law student who has done FFA or equivalent, La Trobe Law will grant you two units advanced standing in our LLM program.

  • This has the effect of lowering LLM tuition fees by 25 per cent.

  • Tuition fees for the LLM at La Trobe Law in 2010 are AUD21,230.

  • With a 25 per cent reduction, the fee is AUD15, 922.50.

  • This is the most competitive tuition fee for an LLM degree in Australia and New Zealand. There is no better price.

  • If you enrol for our LLM in Global Business Law, you can reduce the time required to complete an LLM degree in Australia.


Admission requirements to the llm at la trobe university law school

Admission requirements to the LLM at La Trobe University Law School

  • Strong academic record

  • Typically 6.5 in First or Second State Exam

  • In individual cases: above-average marks in area of specialisation (SPB).

  • Language: IELTS, TOEFL, FFA or equivalent

  • LLaMa test offered for no cost by Professor Thomas Lundmark at Muenster University School of Law.


Admission requirements continued

Admission Requirements (continued)

  • Ordinarily, IELTS required score is 6.5 with no individual band under 6.0.

  • We waive IELTS if you have FFA or equivalent.

  • We will look at your grades in your area of specialisation (SPB).

  • If you are unsure about your English language ability, contact Professor Thomas Lundmark at Muenster University Law School on [email protected]

  • Professor Lundmark will assess you and write a letter of recommendation for you (Gutachten).

  • We only have a small number of German LLM students.


Law in australia and law degrees at la trobe university school of law melbourne australia

Why is it useful (and a good career move) for a German law student or practitioner to undertake further law studies in Australia?

  • Globalisation of the market for legal services. In the 21st century the market for legal services is global. A German lawyer who wishes to optimise his or her career path needs training in non-German law. Specifically, he or she needs training in a “common law” system like Australia.

  • We can divide the world into “civil law” or “common law” systems. Germany has a civil law system. Australia (like the USA and the UK) has a “common law” system”.

  • At La Trobe Law, we train lawyers from civil law systems like Germany and France in the common law.


Why study law in australia

Why Study Law in Australia?

  • 1. You will learn about the “common law”

    • Australia is a “common law” country - a country where judge-made case law plays a foundational role in the legal system.

    • Australia was originally a colony of the United Kingdom. It received and then adapted English common law and statute law.

    • If you have a training in Australian law, you will understand the basic features of a common law system and obtain a good background in the “Anglo-American” legal tradition which operates in many countries around the world.


Why study law in australia1

Why Study Law in Australia?

  • 2. You will learn how a federal legal system works

    • Australia has a federal system. In 1901, Australia adopted a United States model of federalism, with a single central government and various regional state governments.

    • Many countries around the world have a federal system, such Canada, Germany, Mexico, India and others, as well as the United States.

    • Federal systems are often legally complex. If you have a training in Australian law, you will learn how a federal system works, which will give you a advantage on the global stage.


Why study law in australia2

Why Study Law in Australia?

  • 3. You will study in English

    • English is the global language, and any graduate who has fluency and practice in using English in advanced academic and professional contexts will have a distinct advantage.

  • 4. You will be taught by friendly, experienced law teachers from many different countries

    • La Trobe Law teachers come from many countries (such United States, Germany, China, New Zealand, Hong Kong, etc.) as well as Australia. They have broad experience in teaching students from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, and are approachable and student-friendly.


Law programs at la trobe law melbourne australia

Law Programs at La Trobe Law, Melbourne, Australia

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree (4 years) and double Bachelor degrees (5 years)

  • Graduate Entry LLB (3 years)

  • Various masters programs such as Master of Commercial Law (MCL) and Master of Global Business Law (MGBL). These degrees are open to non-lawyers who hold a first degree in any subject.

  • Doctoral programs also available – SJD and PhD.

  • However, 2 Masters programs specially developed for foreign lawyers (law graduates and practitioners): Master of Laws International (LLM) and the Master in Global Business Law (GBL). These degrees are featured on the double-sided flyer distributed to you.


German law students

German law students

  • Traditionally, German law students do their first degree and/or First State Exam in Germany.

  • It is possible for a German student to come to Australia and do an LLB in Australia. They might come direct from secondary school or they might come after doing a first degree in Germany (LLB graduate entry).

  • German students usually come to Australia for specialized post-graduate education, including law (e.g., LLM degree).


Why do german law graduates and practitioners do llm degrees outside of germany

Why do German law graduates and practitioners do LLM degrees outside of Germany?

  • Enhance employment prospects in Germany

  • Germany is a “civil law” country. The UK, the USA and Australia are “common law” countries. German law graduates enhance their career prospects if they have studied in a common law country because they are better able to undertake legal work involving common law jurisdictions.

  • Example: Florian Schwarz works for Freshfields (a leading UK and international law firm) in Frankfurt. He did his First State Exam in Germany. He then completed an LLM at La Trobe. He was hired by White & Case in London, then Freshfields in Frankfurt.


Which german law graduates and practitioners do llm degrees outside of germany

Which German law graduates and practitioners do LLM degrees outside of Germany?

  • New Graduates seeking advanced qualifications in Law before entering workforce.

  • Practitioners. Example: German lawyers with 2-3 years experience. They want to do a nine month LLM program in a common law country.

  • They:

  • are price sensitive;

  • want to study business law subjects with a cross-border dimension;

  • would prefer a “German friendly” destination.


Llm international and llm in global business law

Master of Laws (for International Students) (LLM)

Designed for foreign law graduates. IELTS 6.5

Two 13 week semesters (9 month academic year). 120 credit points to complete.

Highly flexible – student can choose from LLB units and the LLM in GBL units

Tuition fee 2010: AUD21, 230

If advanced standing for two units granted, then tuition is AUD15, 922.50

Master of Laws in Global Business Law (LLM)

Professional Development, Career Enhancement. IELTS 6.5

120 credit points to complete (eight units at 15 credit points per unit).

Five day intensive classes (each 15 credit points) with take home assignments to be completed in four weeks. Start dates highly flexible. Can be completed in 6 months.

Classes are taught by international experts from law schools such as UCLA School of Law.

Tuition fee 2010: AUD21, 230

LLM (International) and LLM in Global Business Law


The llm in global business law features and units

The LLM in Global Business Law: Features and Units

  • La Trobe Law LLM programs are listed on www.llm-guide.com.

  • Strong appeal to German law students and legal practitioners.

  • Upcoming units in 2010 described at www.latrobe.edu.au/law/gbl

  • Classes taught in 5 day intensive format. Exam is “take home”.

  • Upcoming units listed in next few slides.


Llm in global business law units offered in june july 2010

LLM in Global Business Law – Units offered in June-July 2010

  • Introduction to Australian Law (June 9-16)

  • USA IP Law (June 17-23)

  • USA Corporations Law (June 24-30)

  • Introduction to American Law (July 1-7)

  • USA Commercial Law (July 8-14)

  • USA Consumer Law (July 15-21)

  • Chinese Foreign trade and Investment Law (July 22-28).


Llm in global business law units offered in november december 2010

LLM in Global Business Law – Units offered in November-December 2010

  • International Commercial Arbitration (November 22-26)

  • USA Corporations Law (December 1-7)

  • USA Antitrust Law (December 9-15)

  • Comparative Constitutional Design (December 16-22)


Llm in global business law units offered january march 2011

LLM in Global Business Law – Units offered January-March 2011

  • Comparative Insolvency Law

  • Chinese Business Law & Practice

  • Australian Tax Law

  • International Tax Law

  • Comparative Legal Traditions

  • EU IP Law

  • Introduction to Australian Law


Advising german students about llm programs

Advising German Students about LLM programs

  • If the German student wants to take some Bachelor of Laws (LLB) units in their LLM degree, then they should enrol in the Master of Laws International (LLM). This degree takes 9 months to complete (usually late February to November) because LLB units are taught in two 13 week semesters. Students enrolled in this degree can also take Global Business Law units.

  • If the German student is only interested in Global Business Law units, then they should enrol in the LLM in Global Business Law. The majority of our German law students take this option because they can finish the degree in a shorter period of time.


Advanced standing impact on tuition fees and living costs

Advanced Standing: Impact on Tuition fees and Living Costs

  • Each degree requires 120 credit points

  • If the student can be granted advanced standing or credit for one or more units, this will have the effect of REDUCING THE TUITION FEE and REDUCING THE TIME REQUIRED TO FINISH THE DEGREE.

  • Example: advanced standing for 2 units has the effect of reducing the tuition fee by 25 per cent.


Advanced standing impact on tuition fees and living costs1

Advanced Standing: Impact on Tuition fees and Living Costs

  • On what basis is advanced standing granted? Student has completed some form of additional training. Student seeks advanced standing in their application. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.

  • Impact on living costs: If the student has been granted 2 units advanced standing, tuition is lowered by 25% and the length of time required in Australia can be less.

  • All German law students who have done FFA or equivalent receive 2 units advanced standing.


Doctoral programs in law

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Doctor of Juridical Science is a research doctorate with a coursework prerequisite that facilitates a higher degree of research opportunity for those holding a Master of Laws by coursework.

Duration: Minimum 2 years full-time

Tuition fees: TBA

Entry Requirements: English Proficiency (IELTS 6.5), Master of Laws (Coursework)

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (Business, Law)

Thesis only. The PhD program enables candidates to engage in independent research that should make an original contribution to knowledge. Research may be undertaken in any discipline within the Faculty.

Duration: Minimum 3 years full-time

Tuition fees: TBA

Entry Requirements: English Proficiency (IELTS 6.5), Master of Laws (Research) or Bachelor Honours degree

Doctoral Programs in Law


Contacts and application

Contacts and Application

  • For further enquiries, contact [email protected]

  • Applications to:

    La Trobe InternationalLa Trobe UniversityVictoria 3086AUSTRALIATel: +61 3 9479 1199Fax: +61 3 9479 3660Email:[email protected]

  • CRICOS Provider number: 00115M


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