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Bachelor of Laws

Applications for Semester 1, 2015 open from 1pm on Monday, 4 August 2014.

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.
ATAR/OP (2015):
  • Melbourne (85.65)
  • North Sydney (81.05)

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

Description

The Bachelor of Laws will give you the legal knowledge and practical skills to handle the demands of modern practice.

In addition to the core subjects required for admission to practice, this law degree includes the following subjects:

  • Competition Law
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Public and Private International Law
  • Comparative Legal Systems.

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 legal work in community legal centres
  • legal research.

Students must complete 80 hours of pro bono work per year (after their first year), providing them with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing them to contribute to the common good.

Course Duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus Availability and Study Mode

  • Melbourne (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • North Sydney (Attendance) - (Application not available)

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, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Deferment is available for two years. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information

Credit Points Numerical values attached to each unit (subject) or component of a course. At ACU, one unit is normally 10 credit points.

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start Dates for 2014

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course Costs

  • Average first year fee: $9751 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are based on current rates. A student's annual fee may vary in accordance with their choice of major and electives. The University reviews fees annually.

Eligibility

An applicant must also comply with the Admission Rules.

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

Victoria
Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English

NSW
For 2014 and 2015 only - Recommended: English (any)
For 2016 onwards - Prerequisites:
English (Advanced)

Applying for Admission

Applications for Semester 1, 2015 open from 1pm on Monday, 4 August 2014.

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

Students will complete a minimum of 240 hours pro bono experience during the course which will count as credit towards the compulsory legal 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 a corresponding approval is being sought in New South Wales.

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) with an overall score of 7.0, including an individual score of 6.5 for all tests.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic)
From an internet-based total of 100, achieve a 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.

More Course Information

LAW INDUCTION WEEK

ACU law students are required to attend a Law Induction Week (LIW) prior to the University’s Orientation Week. The LIW is an introduction to the study of law at ACU. It is designed to assist students to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to their studies and the future practice of law.

The LIW will consist of a combination of lectures and information sessions, moot court and a range of activities for both students and faculty staff.

Contacts for Future Students

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

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International Students

Description

The Bachelor of Laws will give you the legal knowledge and practical skills to handle the demands of modern practice.

In addition to the core subjects required for admission to practice, this law degree includes the following subjects:

  • Competition Law
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Public and Private International Law
  • Comparative Legal Systems.

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 legal work in community legal centres
  • legal research.

Students must complete 80 hours of pro bono work per year (after their first year), providing them with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing them to contribute to the common good.

Course Duration

4 years

Start Dates and Campus Availability

Melbourne
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017
North Sydney
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017

Deferment, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

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

320 cp

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course Costs

  • Unit Fee: $3155.00 (2015)
  • Average first year fee: $25240.00 (2015)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $100960.00 (2015)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. 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.

Eligibility

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: 6.5 in all tests
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL): From an internet-based total of 100, achieve a minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now nternational Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
(not offered)
Victoria
Apply through VTAC
(not offered)

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

Students will complete a minimum of 240 hours pro bono experience during the course which will count as credit towards the compulsory legal 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 a corresponding approval is being sought in New South Wales.

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) with an overall score of 7.0, including an individual score of 6.5 for all tests.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic)
From an internet-based total of 100, achieve a 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.

More Course Information

LAW INDUCTION WEEK

ACU law students are required to attend a Law Induction Week (LIW) prior to the University’s Orientation Week. The LIW is an introduction to the study of law at ACU. It is designed to assist students to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to their studies and the future practice of law.

The LIW will consist of a combination of lectures and information sessions, moot court and a range of activities for both students and faculty staff.

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