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Undergraduate

Diploma of Laws

2022

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
186001
591071
Online (CSP)
186001
591071
* 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
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
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.

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

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

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, 2021.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    26 72.0
    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 36 97.0

    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 being re-accredited by the University for 2022 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)

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 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III 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 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* 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 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: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 56.20 66.15
Median rank to receive an offer 65.05 68.60
Highest rank to receive an offer 73.90 76.85

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

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

This course is being re-accredited for 2022 and changes may be made.


  • 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
(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 (previously LWB205)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (previously LWB201)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State (no longer offered)
LWA120 Law in Context (added from 2021)
LWA133 Legal Reasoning (added from 2021)
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA213 Family Law
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
LWA219 Criminology
LWA221 Human Rights Law (previously LWB206)
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems (previously LWZ112)
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ212 Transnational Law (last offered 2020)
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 - 2021
Unit added as a specialist elective option LWA120 Law in Context.

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


  • 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.

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
Specialist Electives Available in 2021

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA120 Law in Context
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWA133 Legal Reasoning 
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law

 

LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA207 Dispute Resolution
LWA219 Criminology

 

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA110 Legal History
LWA213 Family Law
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ211 Trusts
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2021
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA221 Human Rights Law
  LWA112 Environmental and Planning 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
Specialist Electives Available in 2021

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA120 Law in Context
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ223 Property Law

 

LWA210 Contemporary Issues
LWA113 Customary Law
LWA207 Dispute Resolution
LWA219 Criminology

 

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
LWA110 Legal History
LWA213 Family Law
LWA115 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ211 Trusts
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2021
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA221 Human Rights Law
  LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law

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 - undergraduate studies

SATAC

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU or BIITE*:

  • Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

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.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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