Graduate Diploma in Employment and Labour Relations Law

  • CRICOS Code: 075252D


Course structure

Principles of Employment Law is compulsory for students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction, and it is strongly recommended that this subject be taken before any other employment and labour relations law subjects.

Principles of Employment Law is also recommended for students who have not studied an equivalent subject in their law degree, or who have not done so recently.

Students must complete four subjects from the list of Employment and Labour Relations Law subjects.

Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction or any prior legal studies or experience must complete the two-day preliminary subject Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions and Principles of Employment Law.

Subject timing and format

The Melbourne Law Masters program has been designed around the busy schedules of working professionals. Subjects are offered from February to December each year.

Most subjects are taught intensively, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the subject content. Intensive subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday–Friday or Wednesday–Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This intensive format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class. Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.

Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style and class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students.


As a student, you will need to enrol in at least one subject per semester and will have a maximum of two years to complete the course, including any leave of absence.

academic Profile

Professor Sean Cooney

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