Bachelor of Laws

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

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

ATAR/OP (2015):
  • Melbourne (80.10)
  • North Sydney (80.00)
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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.

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availablility

  • 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 two years. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information

Credit Points

320

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
  • Average first year fee: $9917 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, specialisation and electives, where applicable. The University reviews fees annually.

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:

New South Wales
Prerequisites: English (Advanced)

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

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 Internet based total of 100 – minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

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

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.

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.

Domestic Students

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.

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Melbourne
  • 15-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017 , 05-Feb-2018
North Sydney
  • 15-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017 , 05-Feb-2018

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

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $3320.00 (2016)
  • Average first year fee: $26560.00 (2016)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $106240.00 (2016)

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.