Bachelor of Laws

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
079438F
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (75.00)
  • North Sydney (75.00)

Description

Take a global, practical and ethical approach to your studies with our Bachelor of Laws. You’ll be signing up to make an impact in your legal career by placing an emphasis on justice, equity and the dignity of all human beings.

Graduate with a degree that has been designed to incorporate international law and the globalised nature of the legal profession. Not only will you study compulsory international law units within your law degree, you’ll also can study units overseas, either at our Rome Campus or at one of our partner institutions located all around the globe.

All of our law students undertake pro bono placements in law firms or with leading barristers, community legal centres, NGOs, government departments, or social justice agencies.

Combine our Bachelor of Laws with another degree and you’ll double your value to employers and open up your career options. With us, you’ll have the opportunity to study law alongside the following courses: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Global Studies, Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Theology.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 LAWS104
Foundations of law and legal research
LAWS105
Contract law
LAWS106
Criminal law and procedure
General elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 LAWS107
Introduction to Australian public law
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS108
Commercial law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
General elective
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS206
Torts
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS314
Statutory interpretation
Law elective 1
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS200
Business Organisations
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206 )
Law elective 2
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
LAWS421
Legal ethics and professional responsibility
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Law elective 3
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 3 - Semester 2 LAWS419
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS420
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205 )
LAWS213
Community legal engagement (Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS403
Legal theory
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 4 - Semester 1 LAWS404
International law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS418
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
Law elective 4
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 5
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 4 - Semester 2 Law elective 6
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 7
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 8
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 9
(Pre: LAWS104)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $10593 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4)

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA) at year 12 level

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 86.05 92.45
Median ATAR to receive an offer 76.75 80.65
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 67.90 75.55
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 92.05 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 75.43 85.93
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 68.45 75.80

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
20 28.57%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 34 48.57%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 7 10.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 70 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
23 34.33%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 6 8.96%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 24 35.82%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 6 8.96%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 8 11.94%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 67 100%

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC or UAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.

Melbourne
North Sydney
North Sydney

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units. Note - you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year fulltime) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course.

Career paths

The Bachelor of Laws is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment. Graduates can pursue a range of legal careers including:

  • private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister;
  • legal officer in the public sector (for example in federal or state government departments and publicly-funded organisations as diverse as national regulatory bodies, universities and public broadcasters);
  • in-house counsel to a wide-range of organisations from corporations to trade unions;
  • public interest and legal work in community legal centres;
  • legal research; and
  • a variety of jobs in which legal knowledge is either required or desirable.

Professional experience

You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved for admission to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales, and is recognised for admission as a legal practitioner in other States and Territories in Australia.

Volunteer experience

The pro bono program provides practical, work-place based experience in a community context.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Overall score of 7.0, Individual score of 6.5 for all tests.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic): from an Internet based total of 100 – minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Pathways to further study

The degree provides a pathway to specialisations in a variety of legal and business related disciplines.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

Take a global, practical and ethical approach to your studies with our Bachelor of Laws. You’ll be signing up to make an impact in your legal career by placing an emphasis on justice, equity and the dignity of all human beings.

Graduate with a degree that has been designed to incorporate international law and the globalised nature of the legal profession. Not only will you study compulsory international law units within your law degree, you’ll also can study units overseas, either at our Rome Campus or at one of our partner institutions located all around the globe.

All of our law students undertake pro bono placements in law firms or with leading barristers, community legal centres, NGOs, government departments, or social justice agencies.

Combine our Bachelor of Laws with another degree and you’ll double your value to employers and open up your career options. With us, you’ll have the opportunity to study law alongside the following courses: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Global Studies, Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Theology.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 LAWS104
Foundations of law and legal research
LAWS105
Contract law
LAWS106
Criminal law and procedure
General elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 LAWS107
Introduction to Australian public law
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS108
Commercial law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
General elective
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS206
Torts
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS314
Statutory interpretation
Law elective 1
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS200
Business Organisations
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206 )
Law elective 2
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
LAWS421
Legal ethics and professional responsibility
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Law elective 3
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 3 - Semester 2 LAWS419
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS420
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205 )
LAWS213
Community legal engagement (Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS403
Legal theory
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 4 - Semester 1 LAWS404
International law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS418
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
Law elective 4
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 5
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 4 - Semester 2 Law elective 6
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 7
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 8
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 9
(Pre: LAWS104)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3750.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $30000.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $120000.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants whose first language is not English must have either:

  1. Successfully completed at least two full–time years of study in secondary or higher education where the medium of study was English; or
  2. Demonstrated their English proficiency, as set out below:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall Score 7.0, Individual Score of 6.5 in all tests.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL): from an Internet–based total of 100 – minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

The Bachelor of Laws is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment. Graduates can pursue a range of legal careers including:

  • private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister;
  • legal officer in the public sector (for example in federal or state government departments and publicly-funded organisations as diverse as national regulatory bodies, universities and public broadcasters);
  • in-house counsel to a wide-range of organisations from corporations to trade unions;
  • public interest and legal work in community legal centres;
  • legal research; and
  • a variety of jobs in which legal knowledge is either required or desirable.

Professional experience

You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved for admission to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales, and is recognised for admission as a legal practitioner in other States and Territories in Australia.

Volunteer experience

The pro bono program provides practical, work-place based experience in a community context.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Overall score of 7.0, Individual score of 6.5 for all tests.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic): from an Internet based total of 100 – minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Pathways to further study

The degree provides a pathway to specialisations in a variety of legal and business related disciplines.

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