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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Laws

2021

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
184051
590381
Online (CSP)
184051
590381
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
099440B
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
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WLAW02

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

The Bachelor of Laws degree provides you with the academic foundation to become a lawyer or work in a range of industries that require legal expertise, including politics, policy, government, business and private legal practice.

At CDU, you can complete a Bachelor of Laws in just three years, with options to study your law degree 100% online, on campus or a mix of both. On graduating, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the legal practice anywhere in Australia.

The Bachelor of Laws teaches you about legal systems and principles in Australia and abroad. You'll gain skills in legal research, analysis and communication, and learn theoretical perspectives on the law. The course also has a unique focus on transnational law (which looks at how laws are applied in more than one jurisdiction) and comparative law (which examines different legal systems from around the world), so you'll gain insight into the legal issues facing today's globalised economies and societies.

If you choose to study law online, you'll have 24/7 access to CDU's online learning platform, recorded lectures and tutorial assistance. You can study where, when and how it suits you.

As the Bachelor of Laws is a competitive course, you're also encouraged to apply for the Associate Degree of Legal Studies or the Diploma of Laws. These programs are an alternative pathway to the Bachelor of Laws.

Career opportunities

A Bachelor of Law prepares you for a wide range of jobs. You may choose to pursue a career as solicitor or barrister, or work in fields that benefit from legal expertise, such as politics, public service, industrial relations, community advocacy or commerce in general.

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 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. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


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

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.

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

  • 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)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 80*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

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 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and 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.

External students receive online learning materials including recordings of all lectures, as well as online tutorial assistance via the online learning platform, enabling them to complete the course anywhere in the world.


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)
130cp Compulsory Core units totalling 130 credit points as detailed below.

LWZ114 Criminal Law 
LWZ115 Legal Process
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 Electives
(11 units)
110cp

Specialist Elective 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 State (no longer offered)
LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
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 added as a Law Specialist Elective unit.

 

Study plan

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:
♦    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
Law Specialist Elective 1 SE Law Specialist Elective 3 SE

Law Specialist Elective 2

SE Law Specialist Elective 4 SE
Year 2
LWZ210 Equity CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ211 Trusts CO
Law Specialist Elective 5 SE Law Specialist Elective 7 CO
Law Specialist Elective 6 SE Law Specialist Elective 8 SE
Year 3
LWZ304 Administrative Law CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure CO
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO LWZ320 Professional Responsibility CO
LWZ316 Evidence CO Law Specialist Elective 10 SE
Law Specialist Elective 9 SE Law 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:
♦    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
    LWZ115 Legal Process CO
    LWZ116 Torts CO
    LWZ118 Contracts CO
    Law Specialist Elective 1 SE
Year 2
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
Law Specialist Elective 2 SE LWZ211 Trusts CO
Law Specialist Elective 3 SE Law Specialist Elective 5 SE
Law Specialist Elective 4 SE Law Specialist Elective 6 SE
Year 3
LWZ210 Equity CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure CO
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ320 Professional Responsibility CO
Law Specialist Elective 7 SE Law Specialist Elective 9 SE
Law Specialist Elective 8 SE Law Specialist Elective 10 SE
Year 4
LWZ304 Administrative Law CO    
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO    
LWZ316 Evidence CO    
Law 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

LLWA110 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.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) 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 - undergraduate studies

SATAC

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MyNextCourse

Applications via MyNextCourse are only for previous domestic CDU or BIITE* students who have graduated from one of the following:

  • a completed CDU or BIITE enabling program - ZTEP01, PTS or TEP2 (excluding TEP1)
  • a completed CDU Certificate IV or Diploma
  • a completed undergraduate course.

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*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

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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Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

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