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Duration

3 year/s full-time
6 year/s part-time
3 year/s full-time

Intake

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

Locations

CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required

240

Course code

WLAW02
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

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.

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 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:


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

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.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

CDU Law Student

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
  • Top 4 in Australia for law and paralegal starting salaries (GUG 2022)

What will I study?

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.

Course structure

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.


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


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 typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(13 units)
130cpCompulsory 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.

LWA110 Legal History (offered each year)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA113 Customary Law (not offered 2022)
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State (no longer offered)
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems (previously LWZ112)
LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law (not offered 2022)
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
LWA219 Criminology (not offered 2022)
LWA221 Human Rights Law (not offered 2022)
LWA298 Legal Clinic (previously LWZ019)
LWZ212 Transnational Law (last offered 2020)
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA319 Private International Law (not offered 2022)
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession (not offered 2022)
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law (not offered 2022)
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law (not offered 2022)
LWA332 Science and the Law (not offered 2022)

 240cpTotal 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


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year 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.

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
LWZ114 Criminal LawCOLWZ116 TortsCO
LWZ115 Legal ProcessCOLWZ118 ContractsCO
Law Specialist Elective 1SELaw Specialist Elective 3SE

Law Specialist Elective 2

SELaw Specialist Elective 4SE
Year 2
LWZ210 EquityCOLWZ204 Constitutional LawCO
LWZ223 Property LawCOLWZ211 TrustsCO
Law Specialist Elective 5SELaw Specialist Elective 7SE
Law Specialist Elective 6SELaw Specialist Elective 8SE
Year 3
LWZ304 Administrative LawCOLWZ317 Civil ProcedureCO
LWZ315 Corporations LawCOLWZ320 Professional ResponsibilityCO
LWZ316 EvidenceCOLaw Specialist Elective 10SE
Law Specialist Elective 9SELaw Specialist Elective 11SE

Specialist Elective Availability for 2022

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

Semester 1Semester 2Intensive Periods (INT)
Specialist Electives Available in 2022
LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWA110 Legal History
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (INT-5)
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221) (INT-4)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues (INT-2, INT-4, INT-5, Summer Semester)
LWA317 Research Paper (INT-1)
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2022
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA213 Family Law
LWA219 Criminology
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
LWA332 Science and 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:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year 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.
 
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
  LWZ116 TortsCO
  LWZ118 ContractsCO
  Law Specialist Elective 1SE
Year 2
LWZ114 Criminal LawCOLWZ204 Constitutional LawCO
Law Specialist Elective 2SELWZ211 TrustsCO
Law Specialist Elective 3SELaw Specialist Elective 5SE
Law Specialist Elective 4SELaw Specialist Elective 6SE
Year 3
LWZ210 EquityCOLWZ317 Civil ProcedureCO
LWZ223 Property LawCOLWZ320 Professional ResponsibilityCO
Law Specialist Elective 7SELaw Specialist Elective 9SE
Law Specialist Elective 8SELaw Specialist Elective 10SE
Year 4
LWZ304 Administrative LawCO  
LWZ315 Corporations LawCO  
LWZ316 EvidenceCO  
Law Specialist Elective 11SE  

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

Semester 1Semester 2Intensive Periods (INT)
Specialist Electives Available in 2022
LWA120 Law in Context
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWA110 Legal History
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (INT-5)
LWA207 Dispute Resolution (previously LWS221) (INT-4)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues (INT-2, INT-4, INT-5, Summer Semester)
LWA317 Research Paper (INT-1)
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2022
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA213 Family Law
LWA219 Criminology
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
LWA332 Science and Law
 

 

 

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 80*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Diploma 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 157.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or other recognised enabling course of at least 12 months duration.
  • 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 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.

 

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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Course details

Accreditation

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.

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Laws
Faculty/College
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
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:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

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

SATAC

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

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

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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)
184051
590381
Online (CSP)
184051
590381
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
099440B

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