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Study a Master of Laws in Australia

The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

The LLM (Research) is designed for students from a legal degree background who wish to enhance their knowledge in specialist areas of the law. Students must possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor qualification, and use the flexibility of the LLM (Research) to investigate discipline areas in-depth.

The Faculty of Law at Bond is a professional law school, with a strong global focus and connections. Our cutting-edge research focus provides you with the opportunity to deepen your research skills and knowledge in an area of law, benefiting from the expertise of Faculty Professors as well as visiting academics and professionals from across Australia and around the world.

Why study at Bond University

Key features

  • Opportunity to develop academic research skills.
  • Opportunity to independently research in a specialist area of law.
  • Supervised by outstanding academics with specialist knowledge.

About the program

The Master of Laws (Research) is a higher degree by research program awarded for completion of a 50,000 word thesis. The thesis demonstrates the student's ability to research, analyse and apply information and concepts to a body of legal knowledge or practice.

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024
Program typeMaster Research
Study areaLaw
Program codeLA-43037
CRICOS code063455C
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]


The Master of Laws (Research) program comprises a 50,000 word thesis, usually completed over two years full time. Part-time options are also available. The thesis is supervised by staff expert in the subject area.

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol on a full-time basis.

The below fees are based on an annual fee over a three-semester academic calendar.

Annual program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $40,160* annually.
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $41,170* annually.

International students may apply for a partial fee waiver. If approved, this fee waiver is valid for a maximum period of two years for full-time study.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

Academic entry requirements

The Master of Laws (Research) is offered to those with a professional law qualification (Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor or equivalent). Applicants are required to have at least 65 cumulative percentage average.

Please contact [email protected] for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Key dates

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How to apply

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest as to why they wish to undertake a research degree and the area of research.  

Future outcomes

Upon graduation of the Master of Laws (Research) you will have the knowledge and skills to advance your career in your specialised area of law. The program will open a range of other academic and professional opportunities in areas such as:

  • Academic research
  • Higher education teaching

The Master of Laws (Research) can lead to further Higher Degree by Research programs including:

Specialist mediation courses and graduate certificate programs in family dispute resolution (FDR) are available through Bond’s Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC). All DRC medication courses are approved by the Mediator Standards Board and FDR programs are recognised by the Attorney General’s office.

The Master of Laws (Research) offers a career pathway to higher level doctorate studies and academic career opportunities, as well as significantly enhancing your prospects for career advancement.

Bond University graduates have been rated highest in Australia for two years in a row for employer satisfaction, according to the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Department of Education and Training.


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