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Ade's fast-track law degree: A Territory special

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Law student Ade on campus

During a Year 11 work placement, Ade knew that working within the legal system was her passion. After finishing high school, Ade chose to start her journey with Charles Darwin University, enrolling in a Bachelor of Laws.


“I choose to study at CDU for several reasons. Unlike many other universities, CDU offered an amazing fast track option for law. I could complete my law degree in three years, as opposed to the usual four.”

Finishing my law degree in a shorter amount of time will mean I reach the workplace faster and there’s no compromise on how many different areas of the law I study.

"I don’t have to study general, non-law subjects but I can still experience a wide range of specialist electives. So far, I’ve done electives in Indigenous peoples and the legal system, criminal law and planning law.”

Student sitting with laptop

Location, location, location

CDU offers law degrees online and at the Darwin Waterfront. The campus is a short walk from the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

“The campus location has been second to none, with professional networks at my fingertips including legal firms, offices and court rooms,” says Ade.

CDU puts its students at the heart of the local industry.

The opportunity to study law and practise locally was very appealing. I am interested in working pro-bono or in the fight for gender equality. CDU ensures that all industry placements take place close to home.

Support and flexibility

“Staying in Darwin was also a big consideration during my decision-making process. I wanted to study close to home to ensure I had my support network of my family and friends close by.”

The flexibility of a CDU law degree was very appealing.

“The options to study internally as an on-campus student or externally as an online student are incredible," says Ade. “I look forward to seeing what is up next on my study journey.”

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