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Bachelor of Laws Honours


UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
CDU Waterfront Darwin
Course Duration
1 year/s
2 year/s
Annual Fee
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
Semester 1
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CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Bachelor of Laws Honours
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Area of study

The Bachelor of Laws Honours is a one-year course for high-achieving Bachelor of Laws' graduates. It may provide you with a pathway to a PhD, enhance your career prospects and advance your legal research and writing skills.

During the course, you'll undertake a substantial legal research project in an area relevant to your career. This is an opportunity to deeply explore a legal topic of your interest, as well as develop a sound understanding of the research methodologies relevant to law and legal scholarship.

With the support of CDU's academic staff and your research supervisor, you will be encouraged to produce quality research and develop your project to a publishable level.

If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Laws Honours, you may be eligible for admission to a PhD.

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

This course is recognised by the Legal Profession Admission Board in the Northern Territory.

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 8.

Contact details

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

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

This course will support you to undertake a substantial and high-quality research project. You will undertake two coursework units that cultivate your understanding of legal research methodologies and develop your research skills and project proposal. You will also undertake two specialist elective units, with the option to choose either a coursework law unit or from other research training units offered by CDU (provided they are relevant to your chosen area of research).

You will then focus on undertaking your research and producing a substantial honours thesis for the main component of the course.

  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(2 units)
20cp Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

LWZ401 Legal Research Methodologies
LWZ402 Legal Research Development

Research Units
(1 - 2 units)
40cp Research units totalling 40 credit points:

Students who are completing the course full time should enrol in LWZ711 (40 credit points).
Students who are completing the course part time should enrol in LWZ712 (20 credit points) twice over two semesters.

LWZ711 Honours Research Thesis A (40cp) OR
LWZ712 Honours Research Thesis B (20cp) (repeatable) x 2

Specialist Elective Units
(2 units)
20cp Specialist Elective unit totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

The selection of specialist electives will need to be approved by Course Coordinator and Supervisor before students enrol in any specialist elective unit.

Students can select from law units they have not previously undertaken in their studies, including:
LAW515 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
LAW516 Comparative Legal Systems
LAW518 Transnational Issues in Family Law
LAW519 Transnational Law
LAW520 International Criminal Law
LAW521 Finance and Securities Law
LAW522 Public International Law

Students can also select specialist electives from available 400 or 500 level units across CDU where they will support their research project. Students can also apply to undertake a 300 level law specialist elective if highly relevant to their research. Students should discuss enrolment with the unit coordinator before enrolling.

Units can include the below or others on application:
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY426 Ethics and Professional Issues
PSY447 Research Methods and Practice

  80cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Bachelor of Honours AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

This course consists of core units, research units and specialist elective units. A candidate must successfully complete 80 credit points (cp) as detailed in the course structure.

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 and part time load.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ401 Legal Research Methodologies CO LWZ711 Honours Research Thesis (40cp) R
LWZ402 Legal Project Development CO    
Specialist Elective 1 SE    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ401 Legal Research Methodologies CO Specialist Elective 1 SE
LWZ402 Legal Project Development CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Year 2
LWZ712 Honours Research Thesis (20cp) R LWZ712 Honours Research Thesis (20cp) R

Students Commencing in Semester 2

There is no semester 2 intake for this course.

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.

2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.

International tuition fees

The annual course tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $26,968.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Domestic students - bachelor honours studies


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





UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.




International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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