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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|
Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus*, Warrnambool Campus (first three years of course only), Off campus
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)
|Indicative annual fee 2014||$9,690* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Faculty of Business and Law
|CRICOS course code||026686F|
|VTAC Codes||1400414061 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514061 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614061 - Waterfront (Geelong) - off campus, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714061 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||M312|
* 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 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 Law, Chinese Commercial Law, Health and Biotechnology Law, Migration and Refugee Law, Succession and Family Law.
Popular, intensive International Study Programs are available. Previous study tours have included Europe, China or India.
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
The degree of Bachelor of Laws may be awarded at honours level.
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.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, 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 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
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 law reformas 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|
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: http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/scholarships-and-awards/alfred-deakin-scholarships.
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 (ESL) or 30 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 during or after 2003 and VTAC Personal Statement form. For information on the ALSET please visit http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/law/students/alset.php
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.
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.