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University of Adelaide. Master of Comparative Law (Adelaide/Mannheim)/(Mannheim/Adelaide): A Case Study. University of Adelaide. Law School established in 1883 Currently around 1400 students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Master of Comparative Law (MCL). BACKGROUND

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university of adelaide
University of Adelaide

Master of Comparative Law


A Case Study

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University of Adelaide
  • Law School established in 1883
  • Currently around 1400 students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs
master of comparative law mcl
Master of Comparative Law (MCL)


  • Originated through existing academic connections between the Law schools at each institution

exchange agreements, staff links

  • Commenced October 1998
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Master of Comparative Law (MCL)


To promote the study of:

  • different codes of law throughout the world, especially common and civil law
  • the political, economic, social and cultural background of different law systems
  • the economic impact of law
  • the diverse standards in national and international law systems
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Master of Comparative Law (MCL)


  • Degree takes 1.25 years (15 months)
  • Students spend one semester in Mannheim (Oct) and one semester in Adelaide (Feb)
  • Return to home institution to write thesis (50-80 pages)
  • Taught entirely in English
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Master of Comparative Law (MCL)


  • Entry requirements
  • Number of places
  • Fees
  • Enrolment/status at host institution
  • Name of qualification on degree certificate
  • Quality
  • Ongoing management of program
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Master of Comparative Law (MCL)

Benefits for Institutions

  • Numbers are small, but creates close ties between the Law schools
  • Can have a “follow-on” effect, with development of cooperation in other disciplines
  • Academic cooperation is enhanced – academic staff visits for teaching and research
  • Exchange at doctoral level being discussed – further possibilities can be created
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Master of Comparative Law (MCL)

Benefits for students

  • Good mix of students, and interesting for students from third countries
  • Over 100 graduates of program
  • German graduates have gained work in international law firms in Germany
  • Australian graduates work for international organisations/government organisations e.g. EU in Brussels, AusAID