Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
079434K
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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

Description

The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) is a three year degree designed for experienced students who have completed a previous Bachelors level degree. You can pursue a range of legal careers including:

  • private practice as a solicitor or barrister
  • legal officer in the public sector
  • in-house counsel for a wide range of organisations including corporations, regulatory authorities and NGOs.

Typically, you develop specialisations in different fields of law throughout your career – from criminal law to family law; from environmental law to corporation law, from international trade to entertainment law.

As part of this degree you complete 80 hours of pro bono work (after your first year), providing you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.

Course duration

3 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
LAWS206
Torts
Year 1 - Semester 2 LAWS107
Introduction to Australian public law
LAWS108
Commercial law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
LAWS200
Business organisations
Law elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS314
Statutory interpretation
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
Law elective 2
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206 )
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
LAWS419
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS420
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205 )
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS418
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS404
International law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS421
Legal ethics and professional responsiblility
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
LAWS403
Legal Theory
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 3 - Semester 2 Law elective 3
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS213
Community legal engagement
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 4
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 5
(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

240

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: $11152 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 successfully completed a recognised three-year Bachelor degree in any field of study.

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 N/A N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

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)
19 100.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
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) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) N/A N/A
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) N/A N/A
International students 0 0.00%
All students 19 100%
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
12 100.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
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) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) N/A N/A
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) N/A N/A
International students 0 0.00%
All students 12 100%
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

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

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

North Sydney

Career paths

The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate entry) 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 (10 cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved 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.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised Bachelor degree.

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

The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) is a three year degree designed for experienced students who have completed a previous Bachelors level degree. You can pursue a range of legal careers including:

  • private practice as a solicitor or barrister
  • legal officer in the public sector
  • in-house counsel for a wide range of organisations including corporations, regulatory authorities and NGOs.

Typically, you develop specialisations in different fields of law throughout your career – from criminal law to family law; from environmental law to corporation law, from international trade to entertainment law.

As part of this degree you complete 80 hours of pro bono work (after your first year), providing you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.

Course duration

3 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

240

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
LAWS206
Torts
Year 1 - Semester 2 LAWS107
Introduction to Australian public law
LAWS108
Commercial law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
LAWS200
Business organisations
Law elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS314
Statutory interpretation
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
Law elective 2
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206 )
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
LAWS419
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS420
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205 )
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS418
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS404
International law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS421
Legal ethics and professional responsiblility
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
LAWS403
Legal Theory
(Pre: LAWS104)
Year 3 - Semester 2 Law elective 3
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS213
Community legal engagement
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 4
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 5
(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: $90000.00 (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

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:

New South Wales
Prerequisites: Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised three-year Bachelor degree. (There is strong competition for places in the degree and successful applicants are likely to have a strong undergraduate bachelor degree).

Victoria
Prerequisites: Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised three-year Bachelor degree. (There is strong competition for place in the degree and successful applicants are likely to have a strong undergraduate bachelor degree).

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)
      Internet based total of 100 - minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

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 (Graduate entry) 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 (10 cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved 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.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised Bachelor degree.

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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