Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Laws
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Length4 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)*

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$30,000 AUD
CRICOS course code026686F
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code M312
VTAC Codes1400414063 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514063 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714063 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

*Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Cloud (online) 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.

Professional recognition

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 Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

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.

Course structure

Core units

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies

MLL110Legal Principles and Skills



MLL214Criminal Law

MLL215Commercial Law

MLL217Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

MLL218Criminal Procedure

MLL221Corporate Law

MLL323Constitutional Law

MLL324Administrative Law

MLL325Land Law



MLL335Legal Practice and Ethics

MLL342Workplace Law

MLL391Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution

MLL405Equity and Trusts


MLL409Competition Law and Policy

MLL410Intellectual Property

MLL411Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion

Elective units

Select 3 to 7 credit points of elective Law units from:

MLL301International Litigation and Dispute Settlement- Jessup Moot

MLL302Human Rights Law

MLL315Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes

MLL316Mining and Energy Law

MLL317Superannuation Law

MLL319Sentencing Law and Practice

MLL328Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice

MLL329Financial Services Regulation

MLL330Health Law

MLL336International Commercial Law

MLL344/MLT344Chinese Commercial Law #

MLT345Unit description is currently unavailable #

MLL351Legal Internship

MLL355International Litigation and Dispute Settlement

MLL377International Law

MLL382Indian Law

MLL408Family Law

MLT366International Alternative Dispute Resolution #

#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.

Other general elective units

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

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

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.

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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.

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
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.
                                                                            Approved by Faculty Board October 2014

LLB combined with another degree

Students enrolled in a Law degree combined with another degree in Arts, Arts (International Studies), Commerce, Criminology, Information Systems, Management, 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 21 credit points of core units, 3 credit points of elective Law units and professional experience requirements.

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, Information Systems, Management, Property and Real Estate or Science.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

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.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact