UQ announces update to Master of Laws program

From 2021, the University of Queensland plans significant changes to its Master of Laws program.

The changes include new course areas that:

  • cover key areas of difficulty and importance in legal practice
  • are devised and taught by leading judges, practitioners and legal academics
  • are taught using a seminar-style approach, to maximise the interaction between students and presenters
  • are taught and examined in a way convenient for full time practitioners.

Three new flagship courses are proposed.

In Semester 1, 2021, the program will include a new course on the Interpretation of Statutes and Written Instruments(LAWS7709) presented by John McKenna QC and David O’Brien (Minter Ellison). It will be taught in a series of seminars, each of which will be led by distinguished presenters, including Justice Patrick Keane AC, Justice John Bond, Justice Susan Brown, Justice Thomas Bradley, Justice Roger Derrington and members of the Bar (Declan Kelly QC, Dominic O’Sullivan QC, Scott Hooper QC, David Ananian-Cooper, Nicolas Derrington, James Green, Alex Psaltis and Andrew Stumer) and Minter Ellison (Tom Fletcher and Stephen Knight). The course will be taught intensively over two weekends, and examined by a take-home statutory interpretation problem and a 4500-word essay on a subject of the student’s choice.

In Semester 2, 2021, the university plans to launch Advanced Studies in Contract(LAWS7948) presented by Professor Rick Bigwood (a current editor of the Australian edition of Cheshire & Fifoot’s Law of Contract) and Justice David Jackson of the Supreme Court of Queensland. The course will cover key areas of conceptual and practical difficulty, including the remedies available for breach of contract.

Also in Semester 2, 2021, a revised version of Commercial Equity Litigation(LAWS7835) will be offered. This course, first offered as a pilot in 2020, will be presented by Samuel Walpole (Australian Law reform Commission) and Professor Patrick Parkinson AM (whose publications include Principles of Equity (LBC) 2nd Ed 2003).


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