Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for current students

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Award granted Bachelor of Laws
Campus

Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus*, Warrnambool Campus (first three years of course only), Off campus

Duration

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

CRICOS course code026686F
Deakin course codeM312

* Please note, from 2013 the Geelong-based courses and major sequences offered by the Faculty of Business and Law will be offered from the Geelong Waterfront Campus instead of the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Deakin Law program is designed to produce first-class commercial law practitioners by providing sound training in each of the major areas of legal practice.  It offers a number of special features that have been incorporated into its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree courses.

 

The degree of Bachelor of Laws may be awarded at honours level.


Features of the Program

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 http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/law/currentstudents/professional-exp/index.php

Practical Legal Skills
The Practical Legal Skills (PLS) program is designed to give you experience in a variety of different dispute resolution methods.  The PLS program is seen as a valuable way of developing the ability to present arguments orally and in writing.  The program requires the completion of four units, and normally one unit is undertaken each year.  The units are Moot, Mediation, Arbitration and Witness Examination these exercises will assist you to acquire skills in advocacy.  Within the structure and procedures of a court setting, you are required to develop and argue cases as part of a team.


Law clinic
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.

 

For more information, please visit:

http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/law/currentstudents/lawclinic.php

Admission to legal practice

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.

Course of study

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 Council of Legal Education.  Study may be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

LLB combined with another degree

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 20 credit points of core units, 4 credit points of elective Law units, four practical legal skills 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 or Science.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To qualify for the LLB, students must complete units totalling 32 credit points. 24 credit points, including 20 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 and four practical legal skills units in order to be eligible to graduate.

Honours:

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:

  • satisfactorily complete an approved course of study meeting the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws pass degree;
  • satisfactorily complete 4 credit points in the LLB at level 4
  • achieve a weighted average mark of 65% or above in the LLB units undertaken in the LLB degree.

Course structure

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

 

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