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Australian LLM Tuition Fees and Study Costs

Australia Tuition Fees So you've decided you want to study your Master of Laws in Australia, and the next thing you need to do is work out what Australian law school you're going to study at. When you're assessing the various LLM courses in Australia, a big part of your decision will be about the tuition fees that you will have to pay. This is especially important if you are taking out bank and/or student loans to cover the costs of your Master of Laws in Australia.

Different law schools charge different amounts for their LLM programs, and prices also tend to differ between domestic and international students at each Australian law school. Online and distance learning courses often cost less money than on-campus courses, and by taking a part-time option the cost of the LLM program is spread out over a longer time.

Bear in mind that studying a Master of Laws means that although you're making a significant financial investment, you are also investing in your future career and earning potential, so try not to be put off by the tuition fees!

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LLM Tuition fees in Australia

Australian LLM Tuition FeesDomestic and International student tuition fees 

Citizens of Australia and New Zealand are both considered domestic students as are those with permanent Australian Residency Visas or Humanitarian Visas. All other students are considered international students regardless of which country they are resident in when they apply for their LLM program.

At most Australian law schools domestic students tend to pay a lower tuition fee than international students for LLM courses, and the tuition fees can range from around AUD $25,000 up to $45,000 for a year of full-time study.

Tuition fees for most institutions in Australia are more for international students.

Australian LLM Tuition FeesLLM tuition fees in Australia

This table illustrates the 2023 tuition fees at some of the most well-known Australian universities.

Australian University

Domestic Students

International Students

University of Melbourne

AUD $45,312

AUD $46,656

University of Queensland

AUD $37,920

AUD $44,288

University of Sydney

AUD $39,000

AUD $54,000

UNSW Sydney

AUD $36,405

AUD $44,085

University of Western Australia

AUD $33,880

AUD $42,500

Monash University

AUD $39,300

AUD $48,600

Australian National University

AUD $33,520

AUD $49,300

University of Adelaide

AUD $36,000

AUD $47,500

Macquarie University

AUD $30,100

AUD $40,800

Australian LLM tuition feesOnline LLM tuition fees 

There are only a few online LLM programs available to study at universities in Australia including the University of South Queensland’s Master of Laws. This LLM offers both Australian and international law graduates the opportunity to gain a postgraduate law degree while they continue to work. Students can choose from specialisms in Commercial Law, International Law, Sustainable Development, Comparative Law and in Public Law, and tuition fees start at $28,400 for domestic and international students. 

Miscellaneous fees 

Australian law schools often have application fees of around $125 per year of study. Student amenity fees and student association fees are also required to be paid each year, and students should expect these to come to around $300 per year.

If you are an international student, then your visa application will cost you over $500 each time you apply. In addition to this you will also need to helth insurance provided by Australian government-approved Overseas Student Health Cover, this costs around $500 per year for a single student on minimum cover.

LLLM fees in AustraliaOther associated costs

Most institutions expect LLM students to spend at least another $1,000 per year on textbooks. And don't forget about moving costs and set a budget for purchasing items like new laptops and stationery. You will also have a cost to any associated work experience or internships that you take up during the university holidays. Commuting costs can add up and you should expect to spend around $40 a week on travel.

You need to factor in living costs as well and the Australian government requires international students to have around $19,000 in funds available in addition to the funding for their tuition fees. Accommodation can cost anything from $90 per week to $600 per week depending on the location and if meals are included or not. You'll need extra spending money for items such as clothing, and you should factor in at least $200 each month on socialising.

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