Honours in Law

The 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. There are three possible pathways to obtain Honours in Law, depending on when you commenced your Deakin Law studies. The final Honours grade is calculated differently depending on the pathway.

M412 Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

To complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), students will be concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws course (M312) (or combined Law degree) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) course concurrently.

Students are required to complete 4 credit points of core units as follows:

  • 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).
  • Students enrolled in a combined Law degree must attain a total of 44 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) and 40 credit points from the Law combined degree.

M412 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – applicable if you commenced your Deakin Law studies between 2015 and 2018

To complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), students in this group 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). Students will be enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws course (M312) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412) course concurrently.

The minimum entry requirements for M412 for students in this group are:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 16 credit point of MLL coded units
  • A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 or higher across these units from the M312 Bachelor of Laws (or a related combined degree).

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)
  • 32 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) or associated course, with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% across the course.

If a student successfully maintains a WAM of 65% in Bachelor of Laws (M312) or associated course, but fails one or more units in Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (M412), they may either repeat the failed unit(s) or choose to graduate with Bachelor of Laws (M312) or associated course.

Honours in Law – applicable if you commenced your Deakin Law studies prior to 2015

Students who commenced a Bachelor of Laws at Deakin before 2015 are eligible for a degree with honours, awarded for outstanding achievement.

To meet the requirements for Honours in Law you must have:

  • Successfully completed all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws degree
  • Successfully completed 4 credit points of law units at level 4; and
  • Maintained a minimum WAM of 65 across all law units. This is a strict requirement.

Grades and Calculations

Calculating your Law WAM

Law Honours WAM is calculated as follows:

All Deakin Law units are counted with the exception of Exchange, Study Abroad or Cross Institutional units. Non-Law electives are not included in this calculation.

Note:

  • All attempts are counted, eg: if you fail a unit three times each attempt must be counted.
  • Withdrawn Fail 'WN' is counted as 0
  • Failure, not assessed 'XN' is counted as 0
  • Units worth two credit points are counted twice. This means that if the student received a mark of 96 for MLL401 then you would add 96 twice into your calculation.
  • There is no rounding up for Honours calculations e.g. 64.686 will not be rounded up to 65.

Please see Weighted Average Mark for further information on WAM calculation.

Final Honours Grade

The final Honours grade will be awarded based on your WAM calculation, as follows:

H1 80% and above.
H2A 70 - 79.99%
H2B 65 - 69.99%

Need Additional Information?

If you require additional information about the Law Honours structure, please contact buslaw@deakin.edu.au or 03 9644 6555

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