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.
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)
- 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.
- Judge’s associate
- Policy adviser
- Legal researcher
- Community lawyer*
- Justice policy officer
- Parliamentary counsel
- Legislative drafter
- Law reform officer
- Finance sector
- Building and Construction
*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.
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. 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.
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.
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
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
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.
Information for Fee Paying Students
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.
- Bachelor of Laws (96 credit points)
Required - 72 credit points as follows
CM0015 Major in Law Foundation (24 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 21 credit points as follows
Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
- From 2022 unit 11276 Litigation & Dispute Processing has been replaced by the equivalent unit 11783 Civil Procedure. Students who have already passed 11276 cannot enrol in 11783.
CM0016 Major in Legal Practice (24 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 21 credit points as follows
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
SM0033 Law Electives Major (24 credit points)
Restricted Choice - Must pass 24 credit points from the following
Category A (Work Integrated Learning Unit List) - Must pass at least 3 credit points from the following
- 11253 - Law and Justice Internship - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11258 - Advocacy and Communication - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11268 - Law and Justice Internship Extended (6cp) - 6 cp, Level 3
- 11285 - Advanced Advocacy and Communication (Mooting) - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11291 - Legal Advice Clinic - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11319 - Negotiation - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11380 - Law and Justice Internship Extended (12cp) - 12 cp, Level 3
- 11571 - BGL Research Internship - 3 cp, Level 3
Category B (Depth Unit List) - Must pass at least 6 credit points from the following
- 11195 - Workplace Law in Context - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11221 - Revenue Law - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11256 - Criminal Justice - 3 cp, Level 1
- 11261 - Advanced Criminal Justice - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11264 - Environmental and Planning Law - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11265 - Family Law - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11267 - International Law - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11272 - Law and Justice Research Project - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11286 - Advanced Corporations: Markets and Sustainability - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11287 - Building and Construction Law - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11288 - Intellectual Property Law - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11289 - Law Honours - 6 cp, Level 4
- 11290 - Law of Public Governance - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11292 - Statutory Interpretation - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11293 - Taxation Law - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11550 - Advanced Revenue Law - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11573 - Law of Financial Services - 3 cp, Level 2
- 1. Honours students must select 11272 Law and Justice Research Project and 11289 Law Honours.
- 2. Unit 11293 Taxation Law is no longer offered. Students who completed this unit before Semester 2 2021 may still count it towards their Law electives.
- 3. Unit 11261 Advanced Criminal Justice is no longer offered.
Category C (Breadth/Critical Thinking Unit List) - Must pass at least 6 credit points from the following
- 11259 - Gender and the Legal System - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11260 - Vulnerability and the Law - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11262 - Comparative Law - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11263 - Current Issues in Law and Justice - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11266 - Human Rights in Context - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11269 - Law Reform and Social Change - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11270 - Law, Culture and Creativity - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11271 - Law, Innovation and Technologies - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11784 - Human Rights Law - 3 cp, Level 3
- From 2022 unit 11266 Human Rights in Context has been replaced by the equivalent unit 11784 Human Right Law. Students who have passed 11266 cannot enrol in unit 11784.
- Category A (Work Integrated Learning Unit List) - Must pass at least 3 credit points from the following
- Unit Selection: As long as the specified minimum credit point requirements are met units may be taken in any combination from any of the three categories, subject to prerequisite requirements.
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 24 credit points from the following
- CM0015 Major in Law Foundation (24 credit points)
Open Electives - 24 credit points as follows
- Must pass 24 credit points from anywhere in the University, as a breadth major, a breadth minor and/or as individual units.
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.
Standard four years full-time or equivalent. Maximum 12 years.
Unit Delivery ModesDelivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.
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