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Associate Degree of Legal Studies

2019

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Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
115141
Online
115141
Location
Cricos Codes
Casuarina Campus
046424G
Course Duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

XLEST1

Award
Associate Degree of Legal Studies
Faculty/College
College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Law

The Associate Degree of Legal Studies is for anyone who is interested in broadening their understanding of the legal system without committing to a full law degree. This course will give you a broad understanding of the law, legal processes and legal principles and introduce you to practical areas of the law such as torts, contracts, criminal law and transnational law. It caters for two groups of students: those who have a general interest in legal issues without wishing to complete a full law degree and those who wish to gauge their interest in legal studies and perhaps later seek to undertake a full law degree program.

Career opportunities

Completing this course may lead to career opportunities in administrative, secretarial or paralegal employment in government, corporate and private legal environment.

Professional recognition

This course does not lead to professional accreditation, though students can transfer to the LLB degree, which is accredited with the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of the Northern Territory, with full credit for units completed.

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education
Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:
(a) Australian Citizenship; or
(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

International full fees

See the Office of International Services for details on International Course Fees: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.
 

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink
unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only
International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia
should apply via SATAC.

  • The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2018.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2018) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    7 53.8
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/P
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    N/A .0
    • 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)

    N/A .0
    International students <5 N/P
    All students 13 100.0

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 6.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and processes of law including criminal law, torts, contracts and constitutional law. Specialist elective units provide students the opportunity to pursue further study into special interest topics such as transnational law, property law, human rights and criminology.

External students have access to live online tutorials as well as online access to the recordings of all lectures, enabling them to complete the course from anywhere in the world.

2019 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2018.

2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20
Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
Plus either:
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology or
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title from 2016)

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(7 units)
70
Compulsory Core units totalling 70 credit points as detailed below.

LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ115 Legal Process (replaces LWZ111)
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ212 Transnational Law
 
Specialist Elective
(4 units)
40

Units totalling 40 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

LWA110 Legal History (next offered 2020) (previously LWB205)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (next offered 2020) (previously LWB201)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law (next offered 2020)
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State (next offered 2020)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law (next offered 2020)
LWA219 Criminology
LWA221 Human Rights Law (next offered 2020) (previously LWB206)
LWA298 Legal Clinic (previously LWZ019)
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law (next offered 2020)
LWA317 Research Paper (previously LWC304)
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA321 Public International Law (next offered 2020) (replaces LWA318)
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law (next offered 2020)
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law (next offered 2020)
LWA332 Science and the Law
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility
 

Electives
(3  units)
30
Units totalling 30 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.

When selecting electives, choose units at a suitable level. The first number in each unit code indicates the year level at which the subject is taught. Undergraduate units are coded at 100 to 300 level, therefore units coded as LWA1xx, LWA2xx and LWA3xx would be first, second and third year units respectively.
 
 
160
Total Credit Points

Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 10 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma AQF Level 6 course award.

Of the total 160 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 200 level units

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Course Changes and Transfer Arrangements - 2016

The unit LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems has been added to the course structure as an introductory unit, in addition to LWZ115 Legal Process. LWZ212 Transnational Law has also been made a core unit and LWZ223 Property Law moved to a Specialist Elective.

  • Students who began their studies in 2015 and completed LWZ111 Introduction to Law will be exempt from completing LWZ115 Legal Process. However, they will still be required to complete LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems and LWZ212 Transnational Law.
  • Students who have already completed LWZ223 Property Law will be able to count this unit as a Specialist Elective.
  • Students will be given credit for all units accredited under the past course codes of BLAW, BLAWG and ADLS.

In 2015 LWZ100A and LWZ100B were replaced by one introductory unit – LWZ111.

  • Students who have completed either LWZ100A or LWZ100B will be exempt from completing LWZ115. However they will still be required to complete LWZ112 and LWZ212.
  • Students who have completed both LWZ100A and LWZ100B will be exempt from doing LWZ115 and they will still have to complete LWZ112 and LWZ212. However, they will not be disadvantaged and will receive 10cp to be credited towards their degree as a specialist elective at 100 level.

Please see the same information below in a table format:

Student has completed before 2016 Student Exempt in 2016 Student has to complete in 2016
LWZ111 LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100A and LWZ100B LWZ115 Legal Process plus
Receive 10cp as a specialist elective unit at 100 level
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100A LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100B LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law


Transitioning rules applicable to students who started before 2015:

LWZ202 was a core unit which was being discontinued and its outcomes were incorporated into the core units LWZ203 Constitutional Law and LWZ312 Administrative Law.

Their new unit codes are LWZ204 Constitutional Law and LWZ304 Administrative Law

Proposed rules:

  • Students who have done LWZ202 and LWZ203 are not required to do LWZ204 however they still have to complete the core unit LWZ304
  • Students who have done LWZ202 and LWZ312 are not required to do LWZ304. However they still have to complete the core unit LWZ204
  • Students who have done LWZ203 will have to do LWZ204. However they will receive 10cp towards their Bachelor of Laws degree so they will not be disadvantaged.
  • Students who have done LWZ312 will have to do LWZ304. However they will receive 10cp towards their Bachelor of Laws degree so they will not be disadvantaged.

Table format: 

Student has completed before 2015 Student Exempt from completing Student has to complete
LWZ202 and LWZ203 and LWZ312 LWZ204
LWZ304
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level

 

LWZ202 and LWZ203 LWZ204
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level

LWZ304
 

LWZ202 and LWZ312 LWZ304
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level
LWZ204
LWZ202 (but not LWZ203 or LWZ312) 1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level LWZ204
LWZ304
LWZ203 (but not LWZ202 or LWZ312) 1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level LWZ204
LWZ304
LWZ312 (but not LWZ202 or LWZ203) 1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level LWZ204
LWZ304

  

Study plan

2019 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2018.

2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦ ensure LWZ115 is completed in the first semester of study;
♦ maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦ check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. LWZ210.

All students should enrol in LWZ115 in the first semester of study.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU LWZ116 Torts CO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU LWZ118 Contracts CO
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems CO Elective 1 / Law specialist elective 1 E/SE
LWZ115 Legal Process CO Elective 2 / Law specialist elective 2 E/SE
Year 2
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
Elective 3 / Law specialist elective 3 E/SE LWZ212 Transnational Law CO
Law specialist elective 4 SE Law specialist elective 6 SE
Law specialist elective 5 SE Law specialist elective 7 SE

Specialist Elective Availability for 2019

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Electives Available in 2019
LWA298 Legal Clinic

LWA317 Research Paper
LWA322 Moot Court
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession

LWA113 Customary Law
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA219 Criminology
 
LWA213 Family Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility
LWA317 Research Paper
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2019
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
 

 
LWA110 Legal History
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
 
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦ ensure LWZ115 is completed in the first semester of study;
♦ maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦ check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. LWZ210. 

All students should enrol in LWZ115 in the first semester of study.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU
    CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
    LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems CO
    LWZ115 Legal Process CO
Year 2
 LWZ114 Criminal Law CO  LWZ116 Torts CO 
 Elective 1 / Law specialist elective 1  E/SE  LWZ118 Contracts CO
 Elective 2 / Law specialist elective 2  E/SE  LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
 Elective 3 / Law specialist elective 3  E/SE  LWZ212 Transnational Law CO
Year 3
 Law specialist elective 4  SE    
 Law specialist elective 5  SE    
 Law specialist elective 6  SE    
 Law specialist elective 7  SE    

Specialist Elective Availability for 2019

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Electives Available in 2019
LWA298 Legal Clinic

LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence

LWA113 Customary Law
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA219 Criminology
 
LWA213 Family Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility
LWA317 Research Paper
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2019
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
 

 
LWA110 Legal History
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
 
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law

 

Students commencing in Summer Semester

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a reduced full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

All students should enrol in LWZ115 in the first semester the unit is available.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
        CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability or CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
        CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
Year 2
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems CO LWZ116 Torts CO    
LWZ115 Legal Process CO LWZ118 Contracts CO    
Elective 1 / Law specialist elective 1  E/SE Elective 2 / Law specialist elective 2  E/SE    
Year 3
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO    
Elective 3 / Law specialist elective 3   E/SE LWZ212 Transnational Law CO    
Law specialist elective 4  SE Law specialist elective 6  SE    
Law specialist elective 5  SE Law specialist elective 7   SE    

Specialist Elective Availability for 2019

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Electives Available in 2019
LWA298 Legal Clinic

LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence

LWA113 Customary Law
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA219 Criminology
 
LWA213 Family Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility
LWA317 Research Paper
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2019
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
 

 
LWA110 Legal History
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
 
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law

 

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You should apply via MyNextCourse if you have successfully completed, or are about to complete one of the following at CDU:

  • Certificate IV or above
  • Eligible Enabling Program (TEP, PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

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