Revamped Law degree structure attracts record numbers

09-May-2019

Dean of Law Associate Professor Alan Berman said the three-year degree will continue to serve as the academic foundation for admission to legal practice in the NT

Dean of Law Associate Professor Alan Berman said the three-year degree will continue to serve as the academic foundation for admission to legal practice in the NT


More than 250 students enrolled in the first-year program that now focuses exclusively on law-related study units.

Dean of Law Associate Professor Alan Berman said the reduction in duration of the degree came about in the wake of the CDU Academic Board and the Northern Territory Legal Practitioners Admissions Board agreeing to waive Law students’ requirement to complete common core units and non-Law electives.

“The course now focuses solely on the law and comprises the core ‘Priestly 11’ subjects and law electives,” Dr Berman said.

“While the duration of the program has shortened, its high quality and core legal content remains unchanged.

“The three-year degree will continue to serve as the academic foundation for admission to legal practice in the Northern Territory.”

Dr Berman said the decision to offer a Bachelor of Laws over a reduced period was also market-driven.

“We had to meet the market because there are three other on-line providers that have moved to the three-year degree for Australian students,” he said.

“A major benefit for students lies in the reduction in the HECS cost of the Bachelor of Laws.”

Law’s postgraduate offerings remain unchanged.

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