Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate degree

Study to become a first-class commercial lawyer with Deakin's Bachelor of Laws. Discover your options including international study programs now.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Campuses

Cloud (online)
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

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 procedure, and administrative law.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board, and satisfies the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer. If you wish to practise as a lawyer you will then complete an additional 12-month traineeship or a 6-month legal practice course.

Deakin Law School consistently ranks among the top in the country for teaching quality and student satisfaction. It was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018. The School’s teaching staff have a strong international profile, with qualifications from some of the top ranked universities around the world.

Throughout a Deakin law degree you will develop real-world legal skills including negotiation, mediation, preparing for court appearances, legal drafting, and statutory interpretation. A Deakin law degree develops transferable skills in critical thinking, evaluation, analysis, problem solving, communication, research and formal document drafting that will launch you on a variety of career paths. Graduates of a Deakin Law degree will have the ability to:

  • Understand, synthesise and organise knowledge relevant to legal doctrine and legal practice.
  • Communicate legal knowledge effectively to legal and non-legal audiences
  • Research, locate and disseminate legal information using digital technologies
  • Think critically and exercise judgment and intellectual independence to evaluate, consolidate and synthesise legal knowledge
  • Solve legal problems by applying legal reasoning and critical analysis to generate and articulate appropriate solutions to legal issues
  • Learn and work independently and take responsibility and accountability for own learning
  • Contribute effectively to team work
  • Engage in ethical legal decision-making and understand the professional behaviours and responsibilities of legal professionals
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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 18 credit points of core units (these are compulsory) and 14 credit points of elective units.  The 14 credit points of electives must include a minimum of 6 credit points of law electives, including 1 credit point of WIL/practical/experiential from a list, 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 Research and Statutory Interpretation MLL110
  • Contract MLL111
  • Legal Communication and Ethical Decision Making MLL113
  • Criminal Law MLL114
  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts MLL117
  • Torts MLL213
  • Commercial Law MLL215
  • Criminal Procedure MLL218
  • Legal Practice and Ethics MLL235
  • Constitutional Law MLL323
  • Land Law MLL325
  • Property MLL327
  • Corporate Law MLL331
  • Evidence MLL334
  • Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution MLL391
  • Equity and Trusts MLL405
  • Administrative Law MLL424
  • Advanced Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion MLL427
  • WIL| Practical Elective units

    Students must complete one of the following experiential/practice units as one of their Law Elective units:

  • Venture Law Clinic MLL337
  • Legal Internship MLL351
  • International Litigation and Dispute Settlement MLL355
  • Civil and Commercial Law Clinic MLL412
  • Employment Law Clinic MLL414
  • Family Law Clinic MLL415
  • Criminal Law Clinic MLL416
  • Commercial Law electives

    Note: It is not compulsory to choose electives from only one list; students may choose electives from across the Commercial Law and Public Law elective list)

    Commercial Law elective units:

  • Family Law MLL210
  • Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes MLL225
  • Superannuation Law MLL227
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice MLL228
  • Financial Services Regulation MLL229
  • MLL244/MLT244Chinese Commercial Law ^
  • Indian Law MLL282
  • Corporate Insolvency Law MLL318
  • International Arbitration MLL332
  • International Commercial Law MLL336
  • Venture Law Clinic MLL337
  • Workplace Law MLL342
  • Legal Internship MLL351
  • International Litigation and Dispute Settlement MLL355
  • Taxation MLL406
  • Competition Law and Policy MLL409
  • Intellectual Property MLL410
  • Civil and Commercial Law Clinic MLL412
  • Employment Law Clinic MLL414
  • Family Law Clinic MLL415
  • Mining and Energy Law MLL426
  • Special Topics in Cyber Law MLL444
  • ^MLT code denotes study tour version of the unit

    Note:

    1. Not all units will be offered every year.
    2. The Law School might from time to time develop new units to strengthen these lists, and develop other lists.

    Public Law electives

    Note: It is not compulsory to choose electives from only one list; students may choose electives from across the Commercial Law and Public Law elective list)

    Public Law electives:

  • Family Law MLL210
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice MLL228
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution MLT266 ^
  • International Law MLL277
  • Indian Law MLL282
  • Sentencing Law and Practice MLL319
  • Health Law MLL330
  • International Arbitration MLL332
  • International Commercial Law MLL336
  • Criminal Justice Study Tour MLT345 ^
  • Legal Internship MLL351
  • International Litigation and Dispute Settlement MLL355
  • Migration and Refugee Law and Policy MLL394
  • Family Law Clinic MLL415
  • Criminal Law Clinic MLL416
  • Human Rights Law MLL417
  • Mining and Energy Law MLL426
  • MLT code denotes the study tour version of the unit

    Note:

    1. Not all units will be offered every year.
    2. The Law School might from time to time develop new units to strengthen these lists, and develop other lists.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Laws
    Year
    2019 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

    • A range of commercial and public law electives

    A distinctive feature of the Deakin Law degree is the large number of commercial law elective units offered in the course. You can choose to add a commercial focus to your degree by selecting elective units from the wide range of commercial electives available. However, the School also offers a number of public law electives, drawing upon the significant expertise of staff in the areas of private and public international law, criminal law, constitutional and human rights law, and health law.

    • Clinical legal education
    • 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.
     
    • Deakin Law Clinic
    Deakin Law School offers five teaching law firms which provide legal placements for students. The clinics operate under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners and offer opportunities for students to build legal skills in the following areas:
     
    Civil and commercial law
    Criminal law
    Employment law
    Venture law
    Family law
     
    A Deakin Law Clinic can be taken as a Law Elective in year 3 or year 4 of your Law degree.
     
    • Study abroad opportunities

      Deakin Law School offers a number of study abroad opportunities such as the Chinese Commercial Law study tour. Each year a team of students represents the School in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong and Vienna.

    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.

    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    A full time law degree has approximately the same workload as a full time job. Full time students should expect to commit around 40 hours per week to their studies, including attendance at class, extensive reading, writing, and critical analysis for completion of all assessments and preparation for exams. Part-time students should expect a pro-rata commitment depending on how many units they undertake.

    The minimum expected workload for a Law unit will normally be around 150 hours, which includes attendance at class, reading, completion of any assessment, and preparation for the exam.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.

    [More information: WIL Programs]

    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 applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and 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. 

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on:

    • Successful completion of at least 4 credit points of study (equivalent to one trimester/semester of full-time study) at a bachelor level (AQF Level 7) or above, from an accredited higher education institution within the last ten years, and with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM), depending on campus, as follows:
      • 70% Burwood campus
      • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
      • 60% Cloud campus
    • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – with achievement of a minimum percentile rank, depending on campus, as follows:
      • 70% Burwood campus                            
      • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus     
      • 60% Cloud campus                                
    • Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
    • Applicants who have the required study and WAM may still sit the STAT if they wish. Under these circumstances, the WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.

     

    *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.

    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.  (more details)

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

     

    Cloud studies

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

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must 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 may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Admissions 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 first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - 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

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    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 Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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    Disclaimers:
    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.

    Frequently asked questions

    How do I apply?

    We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.

    When do applications close?

    Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.

    Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.

    Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.

    How do fees work?

    Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.

    Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.

    For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.

    If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Obtaining a law degree is normally the first step towards becoming a barrister or solicitor, and many students entering law school aspire to enter one of these branches of the legal profession. Upon completion of your degree and the additional practical legal training, you will be qualified to work as a solicitor or barrister in all legal fields, including commercial law, criminal law, family law, public international and human rights law, refugee law and personal injury law.

    In addition, a Deakin Law degree offers many other career opportunities. As an alternative to practising as a barrister or solicitor, you may choose to enter business (eg. as a corporate lawyer, consultant, company administrator or business manager); government (as a lawyer or policy advisor with departments or authorities as diverse as the Attorney Generals Department, the office of Parliamentary Counsel, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission); industrial relations; public administration; education; media; politics; or in law reform.

    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  Demonstrate an understanding of the Australian legal system and the fundamental areas of knowledge required for legal practice as situated within international contexts and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.
    Communication Communicate legal knowledge effectively to legal and non-legal audiences, both verbally and in writing
    Digital literacy Use a range of digitally-based technologies to locate, evaluate and disseminate information
    Critical thinking Exercise critical thinking, judgment and intellectual independence to evaluate, consolidate and synthesise knowledge relevant to legal doctrine and legal practice.
    Problem solving Apply legal reasoning and critical analysis to generate and articulate accurate and relevant responses to legal issues.
    Self-management Exercise responsibility and accountability for own learning, and possess abilities to reflect on own capabilities, performance and feedback to support personal and professional development.
    Teamwork Collaborate effectively in a team environment demonstrating constructive engagement and contribution to the team and the ability to draw on strengths of others.
    Global citizenship To be aware of and apply legal knowledge in different Reflect on the ethical and professional behaviours and responsibilities of legal professionals and demonstrate an understanding of the impact that different social, ethical, global or environmental perspectives have on exercising legal practice in the community
                                                                      

     

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