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


Semester 1
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No


CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
CDU Waterfront Darwin

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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.

Professional recognition

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


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
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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?

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).

Course structure

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

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

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(2 units)
20cpCompulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

LWZ401 Legal Research Methodologies
LWZ402 Legal Research Development

Research Units
(1 - 2 units)
40cpResearch 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)
20cpSpecialist 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 (not available)
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 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
PSY416 Ethics and Professional Issues (replaces PSY426 2022)
PSY417 Research Methods and Practice (replaces PSY447 2022)

 80cpTotal Credit Points

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


PSY426 has been replaced by PSY416. Students that have completed PSY416 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY416.
PSY447 has been replaced by PSY417. Students that have completed PSY447 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY417.

Study plan

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 UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveR = Research
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ401 Legal Research MethodologiesCOLWZ711 Honours Research Thesis (40cp)R
LWZ402 Legal Project DevelopmentCO  
Specialist Elective 1SE  
Specialist Elective 2SE  

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveR = Research
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ401 Legal Research MethodologiesCOSpecialist Elective 1SE
LWZ402 Legal Project DevelopmentCOSpecialist Elective 2SE
Year 2
LWZ712 Honours Research Thesis (20cp)RLWZ712 Honours Research Thesis (20cp)R

Students Commencing in Semester 2

There is no semester 2 intake for this course.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a Bachelor of Laws degree or a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.50.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants must contact the College by email at to discuss a potential research project and supervision prior to application. In addition to minimum GPA of 5.50, applicants are required to have a research project topic and supervisor who has agreed to supervise the student and project before admission is approved.

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.

CDU English for Academic Purposes 3 (ZEAP30)Successful completion of EAP003 English for Academic Purposes 3
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:

ATAR profile

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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.


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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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International student Adele (Law)

Course details


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 8.

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Bachelor of Laws Honours
Faculty of Arts and Society
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: 061 963 (free call)

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Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


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 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.

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


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CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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