Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

Entry requirements have changed recently. Although the VTAC website still lists a minimum GPA, the only requirement is a completed Bachelor degree.

Bachelor of Laws evening classes

Tailored for busy professionals – flexible part-time two evenings a week

The ACU Thomas More Law School offers a flexible, work-friendly model to suit your busy lifestyle. You can study via part-time evening classes or full-time weekdays, or mix this up to fit your schedule.

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

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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ACU offers a flexible, work-friendly model of day and evening classes to suit your busy lifestyle.  You can study via part-time evening classes or full-time weekdays, or mix this up to fit your study and work schedule.

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 up to 160 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.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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).

Deferment

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

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Not on offer
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Average first year fee: $10944 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.

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.

Each course has a different ATAR/OP cut off and these vary each year. The table below shows the range of scores achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. Please note some of these scores may have been adjusted by various entry schemes. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Median ATAR to receive an offer
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Median ATAR to receive an offer
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
8 100.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 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) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
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) 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%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 8 100%
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
13 100.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 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) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
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) 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%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 13 100%

Further information

Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

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.

You will complete up to 160 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10 cp).

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved in Victoria and has been approved in New South Wales by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board.

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

Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised Bachelor degree.

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.

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

Domestic Students

ACU offers a flexible, work-friendly model of day and evening classes to suit your busy lifestyle.  You can study via part-time evening classes or full-time weekdays, or mix this up to fit your study and work schedule.

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 up to 160 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.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Melbourne
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
North Sydney
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020

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 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $3590.00 (2018)
  • Average first year fee: $28720.00 (2018)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $86160.00 (2018)

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.

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.

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.

You will complete up to 160 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10 cp).

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved in Victoria and has been approved in New South Wales by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board.

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

Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised Bachelor degree.

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.

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

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