Why should you go all the way to Australia to study your LLM program?
Well, there are many of reasons. In comparison to Europe or America, most law schools in Australia are fairly modern with the vast majority opening since the 1970s – so if modern is your thing this could be a big attraction. Sunshine may be high on your list too, but here are a few other reasons:
There are around 40 law schools in Australia and seven of these – the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University, Monash University, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Queensland, are often within the top 50 Law Schools in league tables such as the QS World University top 50 law schools. Melbourne Law School and the University of Sydney's Law School are both highly regarded in Australia and worldwide, with competitive and highly selective entry to their LLM courses. If you want to gain entry to some of the best law schools in the world, then trying out Australia will give you a great opportunity to study in the sunshine.
Law Schools in Australia have a strong element of international and transnational law as part of their LLM courses. Since so many of the law schools are relatively new there is a breadth of subject areas that are studied and researched in Australia that are less available for study elsewhere. Popular areas of study include Chinese International Taxation, Asia Pacific Environmental Law, Global Energy and Resource Law, Chinese Laws and Legal Systems, Cross-Border Deals, Space, High Seas, Sea Bed and Antarctic Law, Human Rights in Asia, and Chinese Competition Law and Policy. There is also a chance to study Australian Law in further detail, and to develop your understanding of how another legal system operates.
Learning about a different culture is of huge importance and will help you navigate the increasingly global aspects of the legal world. By studying your LLM overseas you will also learn a great deal about yourself and how you work well when you take yourself out of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself with a bit of travel and really get to know another culture by living there full time. An advantage of being based in Australia is its links to the rest of the Pacific and Asia make travel as well as the potential to network and work in to some of those dream destinations an achievable goal.
Benefits to Your Future Career
If English is not your first language, then studying an LLM in Australia will certainly help you become fluent. International businesses and those based in the Asia-Pacific need lawyers who understand the issues and legal implications of international trade and commerce. Australia has complex immigration laws and understanding these and their global impact will also stand you in good stead with many international organisations and humanitarian charities. Adding an international element to your professional network will assist you in an international career too. With the strong emphasis on Chinese and Asian Law, you will find that there are opportunities to learn other languages like Chinese, which would be of huge benefit to an international based future career in international trade or diplomacy.
There is a great deal more to studying your LLM in Australia than warm weather, BBQs and the beach. Choosing to study your LLM in Australia will allow your career to become an international one, opening up a whole range of new opportunities.