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0.5 year/s full-time


Semester 1


CDU Waterfront Darwin
Not available to international students.

Credit points required


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The Charles Darwin University (CDU) Asia Pacific College of Business and Law delivers a First Nations pre-law and mentoring program commencing in January-February each year. The program is made up of two components; a 4-week full time intensive pre-law program delivered on-campus at the Asia Pacific College of Business and Law, and an ongoing individual and group mentoring component.

Successful completion of the program provides candidates with a pathway into the CDU Bachelor of Laws program, with the potential to commence law studies immediately after completion of the pre-law program.



Why study a pathway course at CDU

"At CDU, there is a study pathway for everyone. We strive to provide you with a range of alternative entry methods suitable for students at all levels of education and English proficiency.

  • Free 16-week Tertiary Enabling Program
  • Range of First Nations enabling and pre-enabling programs
  • #5 Australian university for first-in-family study (GUG 2023)"

Why study a pathway course at CDU

"CDU International College prepares you to study undergraduate and postgraduate programs at CDU.

  • Attend classes at the modern CDU Waterfront campus in Darwin City, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive CDU student support
  • Specialised language development, a well-rounded curriculum and smaller class sizes provide the support necessary to meet your goals and prepare for the real world"

What will I study?

The Indigenous Pre-Law Program runs as a four-week intensive for students considering applying for an undergraduate law degree. Students will undertake learning experiences needed for successful participation in a law degree by exploring the foundational skills, knowledge and relationships needed to study law.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 10 credit points (cp) as detailed below.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(2 units)
10cpCompulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

IPL001 Legal Research and Writing (5cp)
IPL002 Legal Reasoning and Advocacy (5cp)

Total Credit Points

Study plan

The pre-law intensive program is delivered across four weeks, commencing in January each year. The program is delivered by a dedicated facilitator with both professional legal expertise and experience in delivering training and education to Aboriginal learners.

In addition to the skills learnt during the pre-law program, it also assists potential students be successful in their law studies by making them familiar and comfortable with the law environment and expectations for study. The relationships built with other pre-law students and lecturers will mean that successful candidates have a support network from the very first day of their law studies.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

This course is only available for First Nations peoples who would like to pursue a career in law and be supported through peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.

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.

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Law student Sizol at Casuarina campus library

Course details

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Area of study
Enabling Courses, 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: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

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.

Domestic applications

To apply for the First Nations Pre-law and Mentoring Program, please email for further information.


For information on applying and/or enrolling in this course please contact Charles Darwin University Student Central for assistance.

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