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Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
‘A lot of people tell you how practical Deakin’s course is and that is reflected in the way I have used the content. It has definitely expanded my ability.’
|Award granted||Bachelor of Laws|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool|
|Length||4 years full time|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2014||$23,840* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||026686F|
IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
|VTAC Codes||1400414063 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
1400514063 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714063 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
|Deakin course code||M312|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
* For a helpful guide to courses and careers in business and law please refer to our Your Decision undergraduate careers guide [1.8MB]
Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to produce first-class commercial lawyers. The course provides in-depth studies in each of the major areas of legal practice by offering a number of special features.
You will study many areas of law including core units in Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contract, Legal Practice and Ethics, Taxation, Administrative Law, Equity and Trusts, Torts, Competition Law and Policy, and Law, Society and Civil Rights. Some elective units (offered on a yearly rotational basis) include International Law, Chinese Commercial Law, Health and Biotechnology Law, Migration and Refugee Law and Family Law.
Popular, intensive International Study Programs are available, allowing you to study in Europe, China or India.
You are required to complete 30 days professional work experience in any environment in which you can gain experience on how the law, or the legal system, operates in practice. This will enrich your formal legal education and practical experience, further preparing you for employment in the industry.
As part of the course Deakin also offers Law Clinic, a clinical skills unit which involves students working at a Community Legal Centre under the supervision of a legal practitioner. This unit is run in partnership with the Western Suburbs Community Legal Service, Geelong Community Legal Service and South West Community Legal Centre.
The degree of Bachelor of laws may be awarded at honours level.
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.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become a barrister and solicitor in Victoria set by the Council of Legal Education (COLE). In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, a person seeking admission is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training course and in addition they must satisfy the requirement that they are a fit and proper person.
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, 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).
A law degree, especially when combined with a degree in arts, commerce, criminology, management or science, is a qualification which offers unequalled career opportunities.
To qualify for the LLB, students must complete units totalling 32 credit points. 24 credit points, including 21 credit points of core units, must be selected from the LLB. The remaining 8 credit points may be taken as elective units, 4 of which must be non-Law units.
In addition, students are required to complete the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate.
Law On-course Honours Award recognises outstanding achievement in the Bachelor of Laws degree. To be awarded an On-course Honours Award with Bachelor of Laws degree you must:
|MCA010||Communication for Academic Studies|
|MLL110||Legal Principles and Skills|
|MLL217||Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts|
|MLL335||Legal Practice and Ethics|
|MLL391||Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|MLL405||Equity and Trusts|
|MLL409||Competition Law and Policy|
|MLL411||Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion|
Select 3 to 7 credit points of elective Law units from:
|MLL301||International Litigation and Dispute Settlement- Jessup Moot|
|MLL302||Human Rights Law|
|MLL315||Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes|
|MLL316||Mining and Energy Law|
|MLL319||Sentencing Law and Practice|
|MLL336||International Commercial Law|
|MLL344||Chinese Commercial Law|
|MLL355||International Litigation and Dispute Settlement|
Note: Law electives are offered on a rotational basis. Not every unit is offered every year.
Other general elective units
|SHD201||Creating Sustainable Futures|
|SHD301||Creating Sustainable Futures|
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
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 http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/law/students/professional-exp/index.php
In conjunction with Community Legal Centres and other legal organisations, the School of Law offers a clinical skills unit. This involves students working at a Legal Service under the supervision of a legal practitioner. They assist the practitioner to take instructions and to advise and represent clients. Clinical training of this nature is designed to teach students skills such as interviewing, counselling, negotiation, communication and advocacy. Quotas apply and enrolment is via application.
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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:
Students enrolled in a Law degree combined with another degree in Arts, Arts (International Studies), Commerce, Criminology, Management 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. The degree may be awarded at either pass or honours level.
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, Arts (International Studies), Commerce, Criminology, Management, Property and Real Estate or Science.
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.
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.