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Diploma of Laws

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
186001
Online (CSP)
186001
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
089409F
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YLAW01

Award
Diploma of Laws
Faculty/College
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Law

The Diploma of Laws offers you a general understanding of the law, legal processes and legal principles, as well as an opportunity to gain the specialist knowledge you may need for work or other reasons.

This program is also suitable for internationally qualified lawyers who need to complete some Australian subjects to qualify for admission to legal practice in Australia and is a recognised pathway to the Bachelor of Laws at Charles Darwin University.

Career opportunities

Completing the Diploma of Laws may lead to roles in politics, industrial relations and community advocacy in government, private companies and non-government organisations (NGO).

Credit transfers & pathways

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

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.

2019: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments and 2019 HE Units and Fees.

2020: Information about fees and charges for 2020 will be published no later than 1 December 2019.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2020 is AUD $26,968.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink
unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only
International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia
should apply via SATAC.

  • 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, 2019.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2019) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    16 66.7
    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 N/A N/A
    All students N/A N/A

    Notes
    "<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.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

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.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

One core unit and a minimum of seven units selected from a range of elective units.


  • 2020 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2019.
  • 2020 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2019.
  • 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
(1 unit)

10

Compulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

LWZ115 Legal Process (replaces LWZ111)

Specialist Electives
(7 units)

70

Specialist Elective units totalling 70 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

Students may enrol in other law units as a specialist elective with the prior approval of the Course Coordinator. See the Bachelor of Laws course structure for full list of units.

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA110 Legal History (offered each year) (previously LWB205)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (previously LWB201)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA113 Customary Law (next offered 2021)
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State (not offered 2020)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law (next offered 2021)
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
LWA219 Criminology (next offered 2021)
LWA221 Human Rights Law (previously LWB206)
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ223 Property Law

Electives
(0 units)

0

There are no elective units in this course
 

80

Total Credit Points
    NB: Students are required to complete LWZ115 as it is a prerequisite for most law units at a higher level. However, students are not precluded from seeking prior recognition of learning or credit transfer for a similar unit they may have completed at another tertiary institution.

 

COURSE CHANGES for 2020

The following units have been removed from the course structure. These units will still count towards course completion for students who have already completed the unit or have prior approval from the Course Coordinator before unit enrolment.

LWA207 Dispute Resolution
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper (previously LWC304)
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA321 Public International Law (replaces LWA318)
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
LWA332 Science and the Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility
 

COURSE CHANGES for 2019

CUC106 has been removed from the Course Structure as a Specialist Elective and will no longer be available as part of this course. Students who have completed CUC106 in the Diploma of Laws prior to 2019 will have the unit counted towards their award.
 

Study plan


  • 2020 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2019.
  • 2020 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2019.
  • 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 full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to 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 LWZ115 is completed in the first semester 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 i.e. LWZ210.

All students should enrol in LWZ115 in the first semester of study.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
LWZ115 Legal Process CO Specialist Elective 4 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 6 SE
Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 7 SE

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

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Electives available in 2020
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law
LWA210 Contemporary Issues CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA110 Legal History
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ212 Transnational Law
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
Specialist Electives NOT available in 2020
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State LWA113 Customary Law
LWA219 Criminology
LWA213 Family 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 full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to 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 LWZ115 is completed in the first semester 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 i.e. LWZ210.

All students should enrol in LWZ115 in the first semester of study.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    LWZ115 Legal Process CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
    Specialist Elective 3 SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective 4 SE    
Specialist Elective 5 SE    
Specialist Elective 6 SE    
Specialist Elective 7 SE    

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

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Electives available in 2020
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA329 Conveyancing Law
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law
LWA210 Contemporary Issues CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA110 Legal History
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ212 Transnational Law
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
Specialist Electives NOT available in 2020
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State LWA113 Customary Law
LWA219 Criminology
LWA213 Family Law  

Domestic students

Option 1 - Apply via SATAC

You should apply through SATAC if using one of the following:

  • ATAR (or equivalent) School Leaver
  • incomplete higher education studies
  • STAT or work/life experience
  • Certificate IV or above at another institution
  • eligible non-CDU Enabling Program

SATAC

Option 2 - Apply via MyNextCourse

You should apply via MyNextCourse if you have successfully completed, or are about to complete one of the following at CDU:

  • Certificate IV or above
  • Eligible Enabling Program (TEP, PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

MyNextCourse

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International students

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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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