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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
Course duration
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
Semester 1
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Bachelor of Laws Honours
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Area of study
Law and Legal Studies

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.

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.

Student profile

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)
<5 N/P
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 <5 N/P

"<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 accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

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)

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.

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.
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:


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

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.

  • 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 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 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
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

  • 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.

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.

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 - 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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