Bachelor of Laws (Honours)



The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will be awarded on the basis of a student’s Weighted Average Mark (WAM) achieved in the Deakin M312 Bachelor of Laws and their successful completion of two units, one in research method and one on a research project.

In addition to equipping you with an understanding of law and the contexts in which it operates, the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) places a significant emphasis on building your high-level research skills through opportunities to conduct independent legal research.

Through the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), you will graduate with an honours-degree, giving you additional advantages in establishing your career or providing the foundations for postgraduate study. 

The program satisfies the academic component to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia.

Students must complete the Deakin M312 Bachelor of Laws course requirements with a WAM of 65% and successfully complete the two Bachelor of Laws (Honours) research units to receive the Deakin Bachelor of Laws (Honours) award.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent


1 year full-time study or part-time equivalent


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Please note: This course is currently unavailable for intake

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code




Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Entry requirements

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

Professional Recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours), like the Deakin Bachelor of Laws, satisfies the academic requirements needed 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, Management or Science, is a qualification that 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).

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree provides students with demonstrated research skills, which are highly prized in legal practice, government, policy, and corporate roles. In particular, students who complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will have a strong foundation for entry into postgraduate study and potential careers in academia, legal practice, and government roles.

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,
(d) applying such integrated knowledge to researching a major legal issue,
(e) developing a specialised knowledge in the area of law researched.
Communication Justify and communicate well developed communication skills, including:
(a)    communicating orally, in writing, and by any interpersonal means effectively, appropriately, and persuasively for both legal and non-legal audiences,
(b)    collaborating effectively, using technologies where the demonstration of autonomy, well developed judgement and responsibility takes place,
(c)    demonstrating high level written communication skills in the preparation and presentation of legal research.
Digital literacy Use technologies to identify, locate, evaluate information for problem solving scenarios as well as communicating legal solutions, including:
(a)    identifying, evaluating and synthesising relevant factual, legal and policy issues, effectively using technologies where appropriate,
(b)    effectively using online law databases and other digital law resources in undertaking a research thesis on an important law matter,
(c)    finding, using, and disseminating information using technologies,
(d)    using 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)    demonstrating skills in research methods and undertaking a significant and novel legal research thesis,
(d)    engaging in critical analysis and making a choice amongst alternatives using reasoning,
(e)    thinking creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate 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)    acquiring legal research skills to undertake a significant research project on a mjor law problem,
d)    engaging in critical analysis and making a choice amongst alternatives using reasoning,
e)    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,
d)    undertaking a significant piece of independent research on a major law issue.
Teamwork Collaborate and communicate in teams, including:
a)    communicating in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audience,
b)    collaborating effectively with others from different disciplines and backgrounds,
c)    working effectively with parties providing specialised services in support of independent legal research.
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, and as applying to undertaking a significant piece of legal research incorporating comparative and international perspectives,
e)    an ability to recognise and reflect upon cultural and community diversity.


Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), students must attain a total of 36 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) and 32 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312).

To complete the requirements of the course you must include 4 credit points of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) units consisting of 2 core units of 2 credit points each (MLH401 Legal Research Training and MLH402 Legal Research Project), and 32 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) or associated courses*, with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% across the course.

Students will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (M312) course and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) course concurrently.

Final Honours Grades will be determined as follows (65% and above is the minimum for Honours award – no rounding up):

H2B 65 – 69%
H2A 70% - 79%
H1 80% and above

If a student successfully maintains a WAM of 65% in Bachelor of Laws (M312) or associated course, but fails one or more units in Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) they can either repeat the failed unit(s) or choose to graduate with M312 Bachelor of Laws or associated course.

* Associated course(s) refers to the double degree law courses:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (D312)
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (D322)
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws (D335)
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies (D323)
Bachelor of Property and Real Estate/Bachelor of Laws (D396)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (D331)

Core Units

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) core units:

  • Legal Research Training MLH401 (2cp)
  • Legal Research Project MLH402 (2cp)
  • How to apply

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    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.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    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 Systemwhich outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    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 are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

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

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