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Postgraduate Coursework

Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

2022

Overview
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WLAWG1

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

The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) 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 to construct solutions to legal problems. The course also deals with theoretical perspectives on the law and encourages an appreciation of legal issues of special significance to the Northern Territory, including Aboriginal legal issues.

This Bachelor-level course has an entry pathway for students who already hold an undergraduate degree. The course structure and content is the same as the standard Bachelor of Laws, however the course title is distinguished by the inclusion of `Graduate Entry' to place distinction on a graduate's multiple qualifications.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) 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 and 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

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.

  • 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, 2021.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    29 100.0
    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)

    <5 N/P
    • 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)

    <5 N/P
    International students <5 N/P
    All students 29 100.0

    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 being re-accredited by the University for 2022 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)

Admission criteria

This course is being reaccredited for 2022 and applications are not yet open. It will be made available as soon as accreditation is finalised.

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree (other than law) or equivalent international qualification.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

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 is available for external and internal modes of study. External students receive online 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.
This course is being reaccredited for 2022 and applications are not yet open. It will be made available as soon as accreditation is finalised.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • 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.

Students seeking to graduate with Honours should apply for the one-year Bachelor of Laws Honours (VLAWH2) upon completion of this course.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(13 units)

130 cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 130 credit points as detailed below.

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

LWZ212 Transnational Law (last offered 2020) and LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems (recoded LWA115 from 2021) has been removed as a core unit from 2021- see transition arrangements below.

Specialist Elective
(11 units)
110cp

Units totalling 110 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

LWZ212 Transnational Law (last offered 2020)
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems (previously LWZ112)
LWA110 Legal History (offered each year)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA114 Law, Justice and the Stat (no longer offered)
LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning (offered each year)
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
LWA219 Criminology
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic (previously LWZ019)
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
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 and Transitional Arrangements - 2021

The required core units have reduced from 15 units (150cp) to 13 units (130cp). The required specialist elective units have increased from 9 units (90cp) to 11 units (110cp).

  • LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems has been recoded to LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems and changed from a Law Core Unit to a Law Specialist Elective unit. Students who have already completed LWZ112 will have it counted as a Law Specialist Elective.
  • LWZ212 Transnational Law has been discontinued. Students who have already completed LWZ212 will have it counted as a Law Specialist Elective.
  • LWA114 Law, Justice and the State has been discontinued.
  • LWA120 Law in Context has been added as a Law Specialist Elective.

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


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • 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: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO LWZ116 Torts CO
LWZ115 Legal Process CO LWZ118 Contracts CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 4 SE
Year 2
LWZ210 Equity  CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ211 Trusts CO
Specialist Elective 5 SE Specialist Elective 7 SE
Specialist Elective 6 SE Specialist Elective 8 SE
Year 3
LWZ304 Administrative Law CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure SE
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO LWZ320 Professional Responsibility SE
LWZ316 Evidence CO Specialist Elective 10 SE
Specialist Elective 9 SE Specialist Elective 11 SE

 

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

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2
Specialist Electives Available in 2021

LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession

LWA113 Customary Law
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA219 Criminology

LWA110 Legal History
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWA213 Family Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law

Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2021
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
  LWA321 Public International Law
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities 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 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: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist 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
Specialist Electives Available in 2021

LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession

LWA113 Customary Law
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA219 Criminology

LWA110 Legal History
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWA213 Family Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law

Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2021
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
  LWA321 Public International Law
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law

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.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

UAC

Everything you need to know to apply

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