Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Laws

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool (first three years of course only), Cloud (online)

Cloud (online)Yes

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

Next available intake

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$9,998 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555

CRICOS course code026686F
VTAC Codes1400414061 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514061 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614061 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714061 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code M312

* Offered Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (online) only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to produce first-class lawyers who have a commercial focus. The course provides in-depth studies in each of the major areas of legal practice by offering a number of special features including an emphasis on practical legal skills training.

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, Evidence, Property, Land Law, Law, Society and Civil Rights. Elective units include International Commercial Law, Chinese Commercial Law, Mining and Energy Law, Superannuation Law, Succession and Family Law.

Popular, intensive International Study Programs are available.  Previous study tours have included Europe, China or India.

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

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

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

This information is provided as 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.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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.

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 #

MLT345Criminal Justice Study Tour #

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

The Alfred Deakin Scholarships in Law were introduced in 2001, which was the Centenary of Australia's Federation. Alfred Deakin, after whom the University is named, was Australia's second Prime Minister and our first Attorney General. A small number of these elite scholarships are awarded to high achieving students admitted to the Bachelor of Laws, as a single degree or law component when combined with another degree.  Please refer to the following link for further information:

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

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian VCE or its equivalent - Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; entry for non-school leavers will be based on ALSET results, GPA from Bachelor level or postgraduate studies from courses undertaken within the last 10 years.  For information on the ALSET please visit

Students who are currently enrolled in a Deakin University undergraduate course must lodge an application with the Course Selection Committee (Law) using an Application for Course Transfer available from the Faculty campus office. Students who have completed two thirds or more of their current course cannot apply for a course transfer - they must apply through VTAC.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) study in Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.