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Duration

2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer Semester
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required

160

Course code

XLEST1
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

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.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

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:

Credit transfer

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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $26,968.00. This equates to $3,371.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, 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.

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Why study law at CDU?

Study Law with the experts in online legal education at CDU. Learn from a leader in transnational, human rights, cyber and customary law to become a first-class legal practitioner. You'll be prepared for a multitude of career opportunities, from Australia's legal systems and public service to business, government, industrial relations, and more.

  • Study 100% online or on campus, full-time or part-time
  • Fast-track your law degree and qualify in 3 years
  • #4 in Australia for law and paralegal employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
International student Adele

Why study Law and Legal Studies at CDU?

Study Law with the experts in legal education at CDU. Learn from a leader in transnational, human rights, cyber and customary law to become a first-class legal practitioner. You'll be prepared for many career opportunities, from Australia's legal systems and public service to business, government, industrial relations, and more.

  • #4 in Australia for law and paralegal employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Top 100 universities globally for quality education ( THE Impact Rankings 2021)

What will I study?

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.

Course structure

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.


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

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(5 units)
50Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below.

LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ115 Legal Process
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
 

Specialist Elective
(8 units)
80

Units totalling 80 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

LWA110 Legal History (offered each year)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (not offered 2023)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law (not offered 2023)
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWA120 Law in Context
LWA207 Dispute Resolution
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law (not offered 2023)
LWA219 Criminology
LWA221 Human Rights Law (not offered 2023)
LWA225 True Justice: Deep Listening
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law (not offered 2023)
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA321 Public International Law (not offered 2023)
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law (not offered 2023)
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
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.

LWA/LWZ coded units are included in the WLAW02 Bachelor of Laws course structure. Students planning to continue their study of law with the WLAW02 Bachelor of Laws should note only credit for the LWZ/LWZ units can be applied and select units from the specialist elective list above.

 

160

Total Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure) (160cp)

  • A minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 200 level, or higher.
  • See the Higher Education Course Rules (Award Requirements) in the Units and Courses Policy.

If course commenced prior to 2023:
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.

 

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2022
Students who completed one or both of the common units (CUC100/CUC106 or CUC107) prior to 2022 may count them as specialist electives in this course.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2021
The required core units have reduced from 7 units (70cp) to 5 units (50cp). The required specialist elective units have increased from 4 units (40cp) to 6 units (60cp).

  • 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.

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 2016Student Exempt in 2016Student has to complete in 2016
LWZ111LWZ115 Legal ProcessLWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100A and LWZ100BLWZ115 Legal Process plus
Receive 10cp as a specialist elective unit at 100 level
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100ALWZ115 Legal ProcessLWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100BLWZ115 Legal ProcessLWZ112 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 2015Student Exempt from completing Student has to complete
LWZ202 and LWZ203 and LWZ312LWZ204
LWZ304
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level

 

LWZ202 and LWZ203LWZ204
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level

LWZ304
 

LWZ202 and LWZ312LWZ304
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level
LWZ204
LWZ202 (but not LWZ203 or LWZ312)1 x Specialist Elective at 200 levelLWZ204
LWZ304
LWZ203 (but not LWZ202 or LWZ312)1 x Specialist Elective at 200 levelLWZ204
LWZ304
LWZ312 (but not LWZ202 or LWZ203)1 x Specialist Elective at 200 levelLWZ204
LWZ304

  

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 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 UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ115 Legal ProcessCOLWZ116 TortsCO
Law specialist elective 1SELWZ118 ContractsCO
Law specialist elective 2SELaw specialist elective 4SE
Law specialist elective 3SELaw specialist elective 5SE
Year 2
LWZ114 Criminal LawCOLWZ204 Constitutional LawCO
Law specialist elective 6SELaw specialist elective 9/ ElectiveSE/E
Law specialist elective 7SELaw specialist elective 10/ ElectiveSE/E
Law specialist elective 8 SELaw specialist elective 11/ ElectiveSE/E

Specialist Elective Availability for 2023

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

Semester 1Semester 2Intensive Periods (INT)
Specialist Electives Available in 2023

LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence

LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession

LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility

LWA110 Legal History
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law

LWA113 Customary Law (INT-4)
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221) (INT-4)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues (INT-2, INT-4)
LWA219 Criminology (INT-4)
LWA225 True Justice: Deep Listening (INT-4)
LWA317 Research Paper (INT-1)
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2023
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
 
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
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 UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  LWZ115 Legal ProcessCO
  Law specialist elective 1SE
  Law specialist elective 2SE
  Law specialist elective 3SE
Year 2
LWZ114 Criminal LawCOLWZ116 TortsCO 
Law specialist elective 4SELWZ118 ContractsCO
Law specialist elective 5SELWZ204 Constitutional LawCO
 Law specialist elective 6SELaw specialist elective 7SE
Year 3
 Law specialist elective 8SE  
 Law specialist elective 9/ ElectiveSE/E  
 Law specialist elective 10/ ElectiveSE/E  
 Law specialist elective 11/ ElectiveSE/E  

Specialist Elective Availability for 2023

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

Semester 1Semester 2Intensive Periods (INT)
Specialist Electives Available in 2023

LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence

LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession

LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility

LWA110 Legal History
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA332 Science and Law

LWA113 Customary Law (INT-4)
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221) (INT-4)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues (INT-2, INT-4)
LWA219 Criminology (INT-4)
LWA225 True Justice: Deep Listening (INT-4)
LWA317 Research Paper (INT-1)
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2023
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
 
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law

 

Students Commencing in Summer Semester

The Summer Semester Study Plan will be published as soon as it becomes available.

 

Entry requirements

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 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III 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 140.
  • 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.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* 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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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.

 

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CDU offered an amazing fast track option for law. I could complete my law degree in three years, as opposed to the usual four. Finishing my law degree in a shorter amount of time will mean I reach the workplace faster and there's no compromise on how many different areas of the law I study.

Ade

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Thanks to the Law school we had the chance in the past to participate in professional development days attended by lawyers, judges, and legal officers which gave us a clear idea of how the law works in practice.

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Course details

Accreditation

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

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Associate Degree of Legal Studies
Faculty/College
Faculty of Arts and Society
Sector
HE
Area of study
Law and Legal Studies

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.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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UAC

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Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

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

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
185001
592041
Online (CSP)
185001
592041
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
046424G

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