Bachelor of Laws



Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is designed to turn you into a first-class lawyer with a commercial focus.

The course provides the robust training and recognised qualifications you need to launch your career as a first-class legal practitioner. You’ll get sound university training in all of the major areas of legal practice, such as contract, torts, business, and criminal law. Throughout the degree you’ll develop legal skills including negotiation, mediation, preparing for court appearances, legal drafting, and statutory interpretation. You will also benefit from professional work experience and law clinics.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws satisfies the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer. You will then complete an additional year of work placement as a legal trainee, or undertake a practical legal training course.

This comprehensive course provides in-depth studies in each of the major areas of legal practice, and emphasises practical legal skills training.

You’ll study many areas of law including core units in commercial law, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, contract, legal practice and ethics, taxation, civil rights, property, and more.

A law degree gives you enormous flexibility and the ability to work in a huge variety of professions.


Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: N/A
Waterfront: N/A
Warrnambool: N/A
Cloud: N/A


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent (or 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent - graduate entry^)

^Please note that graduate entry is subject to Deakin's Credit Transfer and Recognition Policy.


Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Laws


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$10,112 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400414061 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514061 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614061 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714061 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code






Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian VCE or its equivalent - Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL; entry for non-school leavers will be based on ALSET results, GPA from Bachelor level or postgraduate studies from courses undertaken within the last 10 years.  For information on the ALSET please visit

Students who are currently enrolled in a Deakin University undergraduate course must lodge an application with the Course Selection Committee (Law) using an Application for Course Transfer available from the Faculty campus office. Students who have completed two thirds or more of their current course cannot apply for a course transfer - they must apply through VTAC.

Professional Recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, a person seeking entry is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.

Career outcomes

Obtaining a law degree is normally the first step towards becoming a barrister or solicitor, and most students entering law school aspire to enter one of these branches of the legal profession. A Law degree, especially when combined with a degree in Arts, Commerce or Science, is a qualification, which offers unequalled career opportunities. As an alternative to practising as a barrister or solicitor, you may choose to enter business (eg. as a corporate lawyer, company administrator or business manager); government service (as a lawyer with departments or authorities as diverse as the Attorney Generals Department, the office of Parliamentary Counsel, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Australian Securities Commission); industrial relations; public administration; teaching (at a university); or in law reform (as a research officer).

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Integrate theoretical knowledge and understanding of a coherent body of knowledge, including:
(a) the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts,
(b) the broader contexts within which legal issues arise, and
(c) the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles
Communication Justify and communicate well developed communication skills, including:
a) communicate orally, in writing, and by any interpersonal means effectively, appropriately, and persuasively for both legal and non-legal audiences, and
b) collaborate effectively, using technologies where the demonstration of autonomy, well developed judgement and responsibility takes place.
Digital literacy Use technologies to identify, locate, evaluate information for problem solving scenarios as well as communicating legal solutions, including:  
a) identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues, effectively using technologies where appropriate.
b) find, use, and disseminate information using technologies.
c) the use of digital sources to organize and present information in authentic and complex legal situations.
Critical thinking Exercise critical judgement with the ability to problem-solve  in unpredictable and sometimes complex scenarios, including:
(a) identifying and articulating legal issues,
(b) applying legal reasoning and research to generate accurate and relevant responses to legal issues,
(c) engaging in critical analysis and making a choice amongst alternatives using legal reasoning, and
(d) thinking creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate legal responses.
Problem solving Create solutions to a wide range of legal problems, utilizing analytical and critical thinking with the ability to problem-solve, including:
(a) identifying and articulating legal issues,
(b) applying legal reasoning and research to generate accurate and relevant responses to legal issues,
(c) engaging in critical analysis and making a choice amongst alternatives using legal reasoning, and
(d) thinking creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses
Self-management Reflect on performance feedback to demonstrate long term development and to facilitate self-improvement, including:
(a) lifelong learning and working independently,
(b) reflecting on and assessing capabilities and performance, and making use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.
(c) taking responsibility for personal actions.
Teamwork Collaborate and communicate in teams, including:
(a) communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences; and
(b) collaborate effectively with others from different disciplines and backgrounds
Global citizenship To be aware of and apply legal knowledge in different environments and global contexts, including:
(a) an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making,
(b) an ability to recognise and reflect upon with a developing ability to respond to ethical issues likely to arise in complex professional contexts,
(c) an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community,
(d) an ability to exercise professional judgement,
(e) an ability to recognise and reflect upon cultural and community diversity.
                                                                            Approved by Faculty Board October 2014


Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Laws, students must attain a total of 32 credit points.   Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

The 32 credit points includes 21 credit points of core units (these are compulsory) and 11 credit points of elective units.  Electives must include a minimum of 3 credit points of law electives and a minimum of 4 credit points of non-law electives.  Students must also complete the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

Core units

  • Legal Principles and Skills MLL110
  • Contract MLL111
  • Torts MLL213
  • Criminal Law MLL214
  • Commercial Law MLL215
  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts MLL217
  • Criminal Procedure MLL218
  • Corporate Law MLL221
  • Constitutional Law MLL323
  • Administrative Law MLL324
  • Land Law MLL325
  • Property MLL327
  • Evidence MLL334
  • Legal Practice and Ethics MLL335
  • Workplace Law MLL342
  • Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution MLL391
  • Equity and Trusts MLL405
  • Taxation MLL406
  • Competition Law and Policy MLL409
  • Intellectual Property MLL410
  • Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion MLL411
  • Elective units

    Select 8 credit points of elective units, 4 of which must be non-law elective units:

    Law elective units:

  • International Litigation and Dispute Settlement- Jessup Moot MLL301
  • Human Rights Law MLL302
  • Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes MLL315
  • Mining and Energy Law MLL316
  • Superannuation Law MLL317
  • Sentencing Law and Practice MLL319
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice MLL328
  • Financial Services Regulation MLL329
  • Health Law MLL330
  • International Commercial Law MLL336
  • MLL344/MLT344Chinese Commercial Law #
  • Civil and Commercial Law Clinic MLL412
  • Venture Law Clinic MLL413
  • Criminal Justice Study Tour MLT345 #
  • Legal Internship MLL351
  • International Litigation and Dispute Settlement MLL355
  • International Law MLL377
  • Indian Law MLL382
  • Family Law MLL408
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution MLT366 #
  • #MLT code denotes study tour version of the unit

    Note: Law electives are offered on a rotational basis. Not every unit is offered every year.

    Non-law elective units:

    Students select non-law elective units from the Faculty of Business and law and from other faculties within the University.

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    However, you should apply directly to Deakin if you are not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or you're applying for a Deakin course which is not listed on the VTAC website.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to start studying in Trimester 3 2016, you'll need to apply directly to Deakin.

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Institute of Koorie Education

    Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

    Apply through IKE

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555


    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    Orientation towards commercial law

     A distinctive feature of the Law Program is its deliberate orientation towards commercial law. The Deakin LLB degree course is one of the few in Australia with a specific and exclusive focus. This has been achieved by including several core commercial units in the course, plus offering an elective program that consists predominantly of units drawn from the area of commercial law.

    Practical course requirements

    Professional Experience
    You will be required to complete 30 days professional work experience in a legal environment to gain experience on how the law operates in practice. This practical experience will provide you with an enriched formal legal education and prepare you for employment in the industry. 

    For more information, please visit the Professional Experience website.

    Legal Internship 

    In conjunction with Community Legal Centres and other legal organisations, Deakin Law School offers a clinical skills unit. This involves students working in private law firms, companies employing in-house counsels, public legal centres and statutory bodies under the supervision of a legal practitioner. You will assist the practitioner to take instructions and to advise and represent clients. Clinical training of this nature is designed to teach you skills such as interviewing, counselling, negotiation, communication and advocacy. Deakin’s Legal Internship enables you to gain an appreciation of certain aspects of legal practice and to extend and deepen your theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills while working in a legal environment.  Quotas apply and enrolment is via application.

    Please visit the Legal Internship website, for more information.

    At present, to qualify for admission as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, university graduates are required to complete legal traineeships (previously known as articles of clerkship) for one year or to complete a legal practice course.  Institutes that offer Practical Legal Training are:

    • The College of Law Victoria: Victorian Professional Program
    • The Leo Cussen Institute [which holds a seven month full-time practical legal training course], plus an alternative on-line course.
    • Australia National University Practical Legal Training Course offered in Melbourne.

    The Deakin Law Program is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become a barrister and solicitor in Victoria set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board.  Study may be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

    Students enrolled in a Law degree combined with another degree in Arts, International Studies, Commerce, Criminology, Information Systems, Property and Real Estate or Science, must complete units totalling 40 credit points for the combined course. For the LLB degree component of the combined course students must complete 24 credit points of Law units, including 21 credit points of core units, 3 credit points of elective Law units and professional experience requirements.

    For the other degree component students must complete 16 credit points as prescribed for the relevant degree. Refer to Course Structures for combined courses and for bachelor degrees in Arts, International Studies, Commerce, Criminology, Information Systems, Property and Real Estate or Science.

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


    Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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