Master of Laws (Criminal Practice)

Course summary

The UOW Master of Laws (Criminal Practice) is the only Masters-level qualification of its kind in Australia.

This program is designed for lawyers working in (or aspiring to work in) criminal practice as a prosecutor or defence lawyer. It attracts practitioners from across Australia, New Zealand and PNG. You will gain practical experience in a supported environment, applying your legal knowledge to case scenarios. You will also develop your written and oral critical analysis skills.  

The program consists of six subjects, four of which satisfy the related Graduate Certificate in Criminal Practice program. These subjects cover: the fundamentals of criminal practice, with a focus on bail and sentencing; examination of applied criminal law areas, such as character, incompetency of counsel, separate and judge alone trials, and mental health issues in criminal practice; complex evidentiary issues, such as identification, tendency and compellability; and the use of experts.

There are two further subjects required for the Master of Laws (Criminal Practice): Criminal Trial and Appellate Advocacy, which includes chief, cross, a trial opening and a contested application; and Jury Advocacy, which looks at the process and mechanics of jury selection, and then prepares students to run a jury trial, with the jurors being law students.

Each subject combines self-directed and collaborative learning through semester-long distance study supported by our e-learning platform, written assessments and a three-day intensive class*, where you will interact with judges, advocates and experts, and share the working experiences of your fellow students. 

A thesis is also required for the Master of Laws (Criminal Practice), which is usually taken after completing the six required subjects.

*Classes are offered in Sydney at the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong or other venues.

Course information

Study area

Law

Campus

Sydney

Course Code

584

Duration

1 year (2 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

Flexible

Cricos

067078B

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should have a recognised Bachelor of Laws degree (or equivalent) and a Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Legal Practice.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Laws degree, who do not hold a Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Legal Practice may seek entry to the course if they have equivalent professional experience. Equivalent professional experience would be experience that is sufficient to qualify for admission to legal practice or a minimum of one year relevant legal practice.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Laws (Criminal Practice), graduates are able to complete the Master of Laws (Criminal Practice) by undertaking two electives and a research project of 12 credit points.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Sydney

Flexible

$17,496 (2019)

$34,992 (2019)

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Some Commonwealth Supported places may be awarded on an equity basis. Contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 for an application form.

The fee per session is based on a standard full-time load and is equivalent to 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Laws (Criminal Practice ) reflects the domestic Australian jurisdiction due to the emphasis on practical and professional skills. International students who are practising law in 'common law systems' (such as PNG, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia) interested in this course are advised to contact Future Students or the Faculty. Current course and subject information is available at http://lha.uow.edu.au/law/courses/postgrad/index.html.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

6.5

7.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

20

22

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Laws (Criminal Practice), graduates are able to complete the Master of Laws (Criminal Practice) by undertaking two electives and a research project of 12 credit points.

FEES

International applicants should check program availability with the Course Co-ordinator.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Sydney

Flexible

$17,784 (2019)

$35,568 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2018.

Applicant background

2018 intake

2018 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2018

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Sydney

Enrolment and Orientation: Check your campus details
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 26 October 2018. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

Sydney

Enrolment and Orientation: Check your campus details
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 12 July 2019. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a clear understanding of the critical aspects of the substantive criminal law, together with the applicable evidentiary and procedural rules, and how they operate in a practical context
2 Formulate legal arguments and witness examination techniques and strategies necessary to effectively present a case in court, and successfully communicate these both orally and in writing
3 Demonstrate the capacity to perform the role of a courtroom advocate in an engaging, proficient and persuasive manner, with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
4 Critically reflect on their ability to perform the role of a courtroom advocate in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards
5 Independently plan and execute a substantial research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates advanced understanding and critical analysis of the Criminal Practice field

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of the degree, the Master of Laws (Criminal Practice), a candidate must successfully complete 48 credit points as outlined in the table below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Core
LWPD900 Criminal Practice 6
LWPD901 Applied Criminal Law 6
LWPD902 Advanced Criminal Law 6
LWPD920 Prosecutions Research Project 12
LWPD926 Experts and their Evidence 6
LWPD928 Criminal Trial and Appellate Advocacy 6
LWPD929 Jury Advocacy 6

Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject. To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

All subjects except for LWPD920 are normally offered as three (3) day intensives.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Law is one of Australia's leaders in postgraduate legal research, with strengths in:

  • Criminal law
  • Comparative law in the Asia-Pacific
  • Human rights law
  • International economic and business law
  • Intersectional research into law and society
  • Ocean resources and security

Having one of the lowest ratios of students to staff of any Australian law school, it includes qualified staff from Australian and overseas universities, and from the legal profession, whose expertise covers a wide range of specialist areas of law.

Graduates of our Doctoral and Masters programs are engaged in influential positions in courts, government agencies, private firms and universities throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.