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Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

2019

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Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
1BG013
Online
1BG013
Location
Cricos Codes
Casuarina Campus
085365A
Course Duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WLAWG1

Award
Bachelor of Laws
Faculty/College
College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Law

The Bachelor of Laws program (Graduate Entry) enables those who hold a degree level qualification (other than law) to complete a law degree in three years instead of four. The program provides you with the academic foundation for admission to legal practice. In that context, the course provides you with knowledge of the law, legal processes and legal principles and cultivates a capacity for legal research, analysis and communication. There is a focus on the analysis, interpretation, evaluation and application of various sources of legal authority in order to construct solutions to legal problems. The course also deals with theoretical perspectives on the law and encourages an appreciation of transnational law and of legal issues of special significance to the Northern Territory, including Aboriginal legal issues.

Career opportunities

Law prepares you to pursue the pathway towards a career as a solicitor or barrister, however, it may also provide career paths into areas where an in-depth understanding of the law is advantageous, including politics, the public service, industrial relations or community advocacy.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board of the Northern Territory and provides the academic foundation for admission to legal practice in the Northern Territory and elsewhere in Australia.

To be admitted to legal practice in Australia, you must also complete the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP). This can be taken through the College of Law, Sydney, and completed online.

Credit transfers & pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

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

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

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  • 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 7.

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 is divided between core units and specialist electives. Most of the core units are those prescribed by the legal profession as essential for meeting the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia. The specialist electives are designed to allow students to gain understanding of a range of other aspects of the law, including family law, international law, and competition and consumer law. The degree can also be completed with Honours.

The degree is available for external and internal modes of study. External students receive on-line learning materials including recordings of all lectures, as well as on-line tutorial assistance via the online learning platform, enabling them to complete the course 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 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core Units
(15 units)
150 cp
Compulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below.

LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ115 Legal Process (replaces LWZ111 from 2016)
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility

Specialist Elective
(9 units)
90cp

Units totalling 90 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

LWA110 Legal History (previously LWB205) (next offered 2020)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (previously LWB201) (next offered 2020)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law (next offered 2020)
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State (next offered 2020)
LWA133 Legal Reasoning (next offered 2020)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law (next offered 2020)
LWA219 Criminology
LWA221 Human Rights Law (previously LWB206) (next offered 2020)
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law (next offered 2020)
LWA317 Research Paper (previously LWC304)
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA321 Public International Law (previously LWA318) (next offered 2020)
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

 
240cp
Total Credit Points

Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

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

Course Changes - 2017

LWA133 Legal Reasoning has been added as a specialist elective from 2017.

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.

  • 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 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


Additional 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 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 of study.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems CO LWZ116 Torts CO
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO LWZ118 Contracts CO
LWZ115 Legal Process CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE LWZ211 Trusts CO
Year 2
LWZ210 Equity  CO LWZ212 Transitional Law CO
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure CO
Specialist Elective 2 SE LWZ320 Professional Responsibility CO
Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 4 SE
Year 3
LWZ304 Administrative Law CO Specialist Elective 6 SE
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO Specialist Elective 7 SE
LWZ316 Evidence CO Specialist Elective 8 SE
Specialist Elective 5 SE Specialist Elective 9 SE

Law Specialist Elective (SE) units may be selected from the following:

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Elective available in 2019
Specialist Elective A
LWA317 Research Paper

LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession

LWA113 Customary Law
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA219 Criminology
 
LWA213 Family Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law
LWA317 Research Paper
Specialist Elective B (at least 1 unit selected from this group)
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA322 Moot Court
  LWA298 Legal Clinic  
Specialist Electives available in 2020
Specialist Elective A
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
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
Specialist Elective B  (at least 1 unit selected from this group)
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA322 Moot Court
  LWA298 Legal Clinic  

 

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 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 of study.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems  CO
    LWZ115 Legal Process  CO
    LWZ116 Torts  CO
    LWZ118 Contracts  CO
Year 2
LWZ114 Criminal Law  CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law  CO
LWZ210 Equity   CO LWZ211 Trusts  CO
Specialist Elective 1  CO LWZ212 Transitional Law  CO
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
Year 3
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure  CO
LWZ304 Administrative Law  CO LWZ320 Professional Responsibility  CO
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO Specialist Elective 4  SE
LWZ316 Evidence CO Specialist Elective 5  SE
Year 4
Specialist Elective 6 SE    
Specialist Elective 7 SE    
Specialist Elective 8 SE    
Specialist Elective 9 SE    

Law Specialist Elective (SE) units may be selected from the following:

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Elective available in 2019
Specialist Elective A
LWA317 Research Paper

LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession

LWA113 Customary Law
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA219 Criminology
 
LWA213 Family Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law
LWA317 Research Paper
Specialist Elective B (at least 1 unit selected from this group)
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA322 Moot Court
  LWA298 Legal Clinic  
Specialist Electives available in 2020
Specialist Elective A
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
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
Specialist Elective B  (at least 1 unit selected from this group)
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA322 Moot Court
  LWA298 Legal Clinic  

 

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