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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.

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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.

The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


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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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Domestic applications

To apply for the Indigenous 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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