New postgraduate law degrees

Published in the February 2017 issue

Young lawyers and aspiring executives seeking an edge in their business careers have new solutions at their fingertips, with the launch of two accelerated online Masters degrees from Southern Cross University.

With a course length of only 16 months, the online Master of Laws (Business Law) enables working lawyers to complete their degree faster than with any other part-time LLM in Australia.  LLM students will build their expertise in emerging fields including competition law, intellectual property and global business law, as well as in traditional business law subjects.


Professor William MacNeil

Southern Cross University is also offering the new online Master of Business Law (MBL), a unique degree for non-lawyers in Australia. It expands opportunities for professionals, such as business executives and managers, who need to make decisions that have legal consequences for their employers. The MBL is the only online degree available specialising in corporate and commercial law for non-lawyers. It too can be completed in just 16 months.

Professor William MacNeil, the Head of the School of Law and Justice, said in the highly competitive Australian market, the LLM would enhance new and experienced lawyers’ resumes and career opportunities.

“The job market for lawyers is competitive. This makes it necessary for young lawyers to stand out. By specialising with a quality postgraduate degree in business law, they can get an edge in the job market,” he said.

“The LLM is targeted at working lawyers who wish to gain their degree quickly and to specialise in business law in order to progress their careers into more senior roles. The course has been developed by lawyers who have broad industry experience and are experts in their fields and its completion would help many candidates to further their careers.

“If you’re not a qualified lawyer, you may be eligible for the MBL degree. With a diverse mix of students coming from legal, IT, business and engineering backgrounds, participants will benefit from course work aimed at developing competence in specialist areas in corporate and commercial law.

“This will expose students to cross-disciplinary skills that are highly regarded across a range of industries and heighten their learning and understanding of the law within a business context,” Professor MacNeil said.

The online nature of the University’s Masters degrees means the courses work around the lives of students, and not the other way around.

“The ability to access your coursework 100 per cent online through a dynamic, bespoke interface – whenever you need and wherever you are – means you can complete your study in a way that suits you, with the support needed,” Professor MacNeil said.

“SCU Online prides itself on delivering enviable levels of student support throughout the study journey, and a dedicated Student Success Advisor can assist candidates in achieving the best results possible throughout the life of their degree,” he said.

Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice offers several undergraduate degrees, two postgraduate research degrees, as well as the two new Masters degrees.

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  1. Amanda Obrien says:

    This was an interesting article, what grabbed my interest in the MBL degree as the Professor states ‘ it can be completed in 16 months. I must say the Professor is much more magical in person. I am very excited about my future with this University.