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Bachelor of Laws - SCB101

Course Code: SCB101
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
UAC Code: 367004
CRICOS Code: 095937J
Selection Rank: 85
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Raise the bar with a career in law

If you’ve aspired to a career in legal practice, then UC's Bachelor of Laws will help get you there in no time. Our highly practical approach is a marked strength, and continues to set our law degree apart from the rest.

With small class sizes, a purpose-built eMoot Court and highly qualified and experienced staff, you’ll be encouraged to develop your advocacy abilities and legal skills while understanding their connection to legal history and law in context.

You can tailor your individual study program by selecting a variety of electives across many areas of law, and even choose to accelerate your studies with winter term subjects. The course will ground your education in the latest legal innovations, develop your communication and interpersonal skills and allow you to become an agile, ethical and effective legal professional.

Graduate Entry

Experience counts at UC.

If you’ve already completed an Australian Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, you’ll be able to complete our Bachelor of Laws in 3 years instead of 4. Credit is simply applied towards your open electives, which means you can complete your studies sooner.

Study a Bachelor of Laws at UC and you will:

  • Undertake in-depth study of key areas of law that give you the required academic knowledge for admission to Australian legal practice
  • Choose from an array of specialist electives that include environmental law, government law, gender, commercial law, technology, legal innovation and more
  • Participate in a program of study with a proven track record of excellence in graduate employment outcomes and work-integrated learning
  • Have the option of completing Honours in your final year of study. This allows you to graduate with a deeper understanding of the various technical and theoretical aspects of the law and can help prepare you for a variety of roles within and outside the justice sector

Work Integrated Learning

The course encourages you to apply your talents in the real world, with opportunities to complete a law internship and international study through links with law firms, governments, non-governmental agencies and overseas universities.

You will have the opportunity to choose one law elective which includes a practical Work Integrated Learning (WIL) based component. Past student internship examples have included:

  • Small, medium and large law firms
  • Community legal centres
  • Government departments (both ACT and federal)
  • Courts
  • Community organisations such as Victim Support ACT
  • Overseas placements in the US at The Carter Center and the Office of the State Public Defender (California).

You’ll also have access to WIL opportunities at the University’s Legal Advice Clinic for Small Business, where students assist legal professionals in providing free legal and financial services to small businesses, local residents and students.

Career opportunities

  • Solicitor*
  • Barrister*
  • Associate*
  • Judge*
  • Judge’s associate
  • Magistrate*
  • Registrar
  • Policy adviser
  • Legal researcher
  • Community lawyer*
  • Justice policy officer
  • Parliamentary counsel
  • Legislative drafter
  • Law reform officer
  • Finance sector
  • Governance
  • Management
  • Licensing
  • Building and Construction
  • Business

*Subject to satisfactory completion of an undergraduate law degree and successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, which qualifies you for admission to practice as a lawyer.

Course-specific information

The Bachelor of Laws is structured around the professional requirements for admission to legal practice.

UC’s Bachelor of Laws has professional accreditation with the Supreme Courts of both the ACT and New South Wales and through mutual recognition the degree may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions.

Through a program offered in conjunction with the College of Law, in your final year you may begin your Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, which qualifies you for admission to practise as a solicitor or barrister. Alternatively, you may choose to undertake the Bachelor of Laws as a combined degree to widen your future career options.

The Bachelor of Laws allows high-achieving students to complete Honours in their final year of study. In place of two electives, eligible students can enrol into an 'Honours Law' unit, which means completing your Honours won't require an additional year of study. 

Enquiries

Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email bglstudent@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

Applicants who have completed a Diploma of Legal Services plus have a minimum of two years of documented full-time work experience as a paralegal or its equivalent will also be considered for admission.

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes. More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Laws LLB

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020

CSP

$30,300

2021

CSP

$30,300

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

The UC Bachelor of Laws is recognised by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board of the Australian Capital Territory as providing the academic requirements for admission. Through mutual recognition, UC's Bachelor of Laws may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions.

To be admitted to legal practice, in addition to completing UC's Bachelor of Laws, students must complete a practical legal training (PLT) course and satisfy character requirements. The PLT course is also referred to as the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and is conveniently offered by external providers in the ACT.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will have a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law, suitable for entering the legal profession or undertaking other careers involving legal work. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and evaluate and adopt new technology.
The course will provide students with a program of study and learning to satisfy the academic requirements for admission to legal practice. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and evaluate and adopt new technology.
Students will also undertake an in-depth study of selected areas of law, including the Priestley 11 units and in chosen restricted law electives. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; and understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and evaluate and adopt new technology.
In addition to the above, students graduating with Honours will have developed the ability to independently identify and provide solutions to complex legal problems. UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and evaluate and adopt new technology.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty-four semesters.

Honours

The Bachelor of Laws has an embedded honours programme which allows high-achieving students to enrol in the unit Honours Law (6cp) in place of two law electives in their final year.

Offerings

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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