Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Get admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia with a completed Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree at Deakin University. Learn more today.

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Key facts


1 year part-time study


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Want to be challenged and invigorated by rigorous investigation of the law?

Gain an in-demand, comprehensive education from one of Australia’s leading law schools

Our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) offers high-achieving law graduates additional advantages in establishing their career and a pathway to a PhD or Masters by Research.

Honours students have the opportunity to build high-level research skills through conducting independent legal research.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), students must attain a total of 4 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412).

To complete the requirements of the course you must include:-

  • 4 credit points of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) units consisting of:

- MLH401 Legal Research Training (2 credit points)
- MLH402 Legal Research Project (2 credit points

In addition:

  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws must attain a total of 36 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) and 32 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65%
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws must attain a total of 36 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) and 32 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65%



Core Units

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) core units:

  • Legal Research Training MLH401 (2cp)
  • Legal Research Project MLH402 (2cp)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:

      Cloud (online)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration
    - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.


    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Completion of a minimum of 21 credit points of MLL coded units from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65% across these units OR
    • Completion of a minimum of 16 credit points of MLL coded units from Law combined degrees with a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65% across these units..


    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $11,155 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The `Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The `Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for this course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year in this course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook. Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Contact information

    Student Services Network (Faculty of Business and Law)
    Tel 03 9244 6555

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Top 10 for law in Australia*

    Work with real clients on real cases at Deakin Law Clinic

    Top 1% of universities worldwide^

    Learn from academics who are leading experts in their fields

    Career outcomes

    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 that 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).

    The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree provides students with demonstrated research skills, which are highly prized in legal practice, government, policy, and corporate roles. In particular, students who complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will have a strong foundation for entry into postgraduate study and potential careers in academia, legal practice, and government roles.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) satisfies the university component of the requirements to become an Australian lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB). In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, you will be required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.


    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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,
    (d) applying such integrated knowledge to researching a major legal issue,
    (e) developing a specialised knowledge in the area of law researched.
    Communication Justify and communicate well developed communication skills, including:
    (a)    communicating orally, in writing, and by any interpersonal means effectively, appropriately, and persuasively for both legal and non-legal audiences,
    (b)    collaborating effectively, using technologies where the demonstration of autonomy, well developed judgement and responsibility takes place,
    (c)    demonstrating high level written communication skills in the preparation and presentation of legal research.
    Digital literacy Use technologies to identify, locate, evaluate information for problem solving scenarios as well as communicating legal solutions, including:
    (a)    identifying, evaluating and synthesising relevant factual, legal and policy issues, effectively using technologies where appropriate,
    (b)    effectively using online law databases and other digital law resources in undertaking a research thesis on an important law matter,
    (c)    finding, using, and disseminating information using technologies,
    (d)    using 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)    demonstrating skills in research methods and undertaking a significant and novel legal research thesis,
    (d)    engaging in critical analysis and making a choice amongst alternatives using reasoning,
    (e)    thinking creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate 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)    acquiring legal research skills to undertake a significant research project on a major law problem,
    d)    engaging in critical analysis and making a choice amongst alternatives using reasoning,
    e)    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,
    d)    undertaking a significant piece of independent research on a major law issue.
    Teamwork Collaborate and communicate in teams, including:
    a)    communicating in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audience,
    b)    collaborating effectively with others from different disciplines and backgrounds,
    c)    working effectively with parties providing specialised services in support of independent legal research.
    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, and as applying to undertaking a significant piece of legal research incorporating comparative and international perspectives,
    e)    an ability to recognise and reflect upon cultural and community diversity.


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    ^ARWU Rankings 2018

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