Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Laws

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Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

4 years full time

Course information

Deakin's Bachelor of Laws provides the robust training and recognised qualifications you need to start your career as a first-class legal practitioner. All major areas of law are covered, such as contract, torts, property, legal practice and ethics, constitutional law, criminal law and corporate law.

Throughout the degree you will develop legal skills including negotiation, mediation, preparing for court appearances, legal drafting, and statutory interpretation.

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 key areas of legal practice, and emphasises practical legal skills training.  

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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 include 16 credit points of core units (these are compulsory) and 16 credit points of elective units.  The 16 credit points of electives must include a minimum of 8 credit points of law electives and a minimum of 4 credit points of non-law electives.  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
  • Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution MLL391
  • Equity and Trusts MLL405
  • Elective units

    Select 16 credit points of elective units, including:

    • a minimum of 8 credit points of law electives, and
    • a minimum of 4 credit points of non-law electives (these may be selected from any undergraduate units offered by the University, subject to eligibility)

    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
  • Corporate Insolvency Law MLL318
  • Sentencing Law and Practice MLL319
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice MLL328
  • Financial Services Regulation MLL329
  • Health Law MLL330
  • International Commercial Law MLL336
  • Workplace Law MLL342
  • MLL344/MLT344Chinese Commercial Law #
  • Legal Internship MLL351
  • International Litigation and Dispute Settlement MLL355
  • International Law MLL377
  • Indian Law MLL382
  • Taxation MLL406
  • Family Law MLL408
  • Competition Law and Policy MLL409
  • Intellectual Property MLL410
  • Civil and Commercial Law Clinic MLL412
  • Venture Law Clinic MLL413
  • Employment Law Clinic MLL414
  • Family Law Clinic MLL415
  • Criminal Law Clinic MLL416
  • Criminal Justice Study Tour MLT345 #
  • 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.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Laws
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400414063 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514063 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    1400714063 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    M312
    CRICOS code
    026686F
    Level
    Undergraduate
    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 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool (first two years of course only. Students will then transfer to the Waterfront Geelong Campus or Cloud Campus)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • 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).

    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.

    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, 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 16 credit points of core units and 8 credit points of elective Law units.

    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, Property and Real Estate or Science.

    Workload

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum 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.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in

    • Successful completion of 4 credit points or more at an accredited higher education institution with a minimum WAM of 60 or equivalent, OR
    • Achievement of at least 60% in the STAT (Multiple Choice).

    If non-school leaver applicants do not have GPA/WAM as described they should sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version)*. STAT is a test developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and is designed to assess an individual's ability to analyse information and think critically.

    Applicants who do have a previous WAM/GPA can also sit the STAT if they wish, however they cannot have their WAM/GPA omitted for 100% STAT result.  The STAT result will be given a 50% weighting in circumstances where applicants have a recent WAM.

    Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.

    *From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin will accept ALSET test results in lieu of STAT until the end of 2019.

    For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 the first year of this course. 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 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

    Graduate outcomes

    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).

    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.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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.
                                                                      

     

    Application information

    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

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Entry 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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    Disclaimers:
    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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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