Bachelor of Laws (3 Years)

Why study the Bachelor of Laws (3 Years) at UNE?

UNE boasts one of Australia's largest law schools outside of capital cities, as well as being one of the first to adopt and use innovative technology in the delivery of its law programs. For both on-campus and off-campus students, many of UNE's law units offer online quizzes, real-time tutorials in online chat rooms and a range of downloadable resources including lecture notes and recorded lectures. On-campus students have some of the best staff to student ratios of any law students in Australia and this allows for a close relationship between staff and students.

The Bachelor of Law (3 years) encourages both a critical and progressive approach to the existing law and legal system; ensuring that students understand both the law and the context. A UNE law graduate is not just a technical specialist with the necessary skills for a wide range of employment opportunities but also someone who is an aware and interested member of society.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Laws (3 year) is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board of NSW for admission to practise in NSW and mutual recognition legislation extends this recognition to other Australian jurisdictions. Graduates may enter the legal practice (after completion of a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course) or progress to work as a barrister or solicitor (with the required workplace training). However, a law degree is applicable to a large range of careers including: working in legal aid agencies, advocacy organisations, commercial firms, government departments, banking, commerce, management and a wide range of businesses.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2014 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation LLB
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 016049G
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
Benefits

The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board of NSW for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW and mutual recognition legislation extends admission to other Australian jurisdictions. After completion of academic qualifications in law, entry to legal practice also requires the completion of a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course.

How to Apply

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on campus through UAC or QTAC

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New domestic students to UNE apply to study off campus direct to UNE

Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways

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Intensive Schools

There are no mandatory intensive schools in the Bachelor of Laws (3 Years).

Entry Requirements

Candidates shall:

(a) hold at least a three-year degree of a recognised university or equivalent.

A sound knowledge of English is essential.

Double Degree Opportunities

Double degree opportunities exist for: Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Computer Science/Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Financial Administration/Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

It is not possible to award advanced standing on the basis of work experience due to professional accreditation rules or to studies that were completed in a course other than one leading to admission. The workload associated with previous study will be assessed and guides the advanced standing awarded.

Fast Track

Trimester 3 provides an opportunity for students to fast track their academic progression or to catch up on units required to complete their degree.

Honours

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB Hons): Students who have achieved a grade point average of 5.5 or better in the preceding eight law units (P=4, C=5, D=6, HD=7) may be admitted to the Honours program in the final year of study. This program is based on a thesis of up to 10,000 words. The Honours result is based on the grade awarded for the honours unit plus grades for the best 15 units taken towards the degree.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of faculty/college and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Ultramarine (BCC 148)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Laws (3 Years) in 2014.

Admission to Candidature

Candidates shall hold at least a three-year degree of a recognised University or equivalent.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

It is not possible to award advanced standing on the basis of work experience due to professional accreditation rules or to studies that were completed in a course other than one leading to admission. The workload associated with previous study will be assessed and guides the advanced standing awarded.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 108 cps
Listed Units 36 cps
Total 144 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Laws (3 Years).

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Laws aims to graduate students who can demonstrate:

1. understanding and knowledge of Australian law and awareness of indigenous, international and theoretical perspectives;

2. competence in using legal research and analytical skills that equip them to work in the legal profession or in a broad range of law related occupations;

3. competence in oral and written communication;

4. the ability to work independently and in groups; and

5. professional judgment and knowledge of the ethical responsibilities associated with having completed a law degree.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. critically understand a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of the law relevant to the course;
  2. compose a clear, coherent and logical argument, to communicate it effectively through both the written and spoken word, to defend it against criticism, as well as being able and willing to recognise potential alternative conclusions for particular situations;
  3. develop an interest in, and positive attitude towards, the appropriate development and reform of the law, and the intellectual integrity and independence of mind to challenge orthodoxy and to stand up for a personal conception of what is right, whilst also being self-critical and open to alternative views;
  4. demonstrate a thorough grounding in the theory of finance and financial planning;
  5. show the application of theory of finance and financial planning; and
  6. apply their knowledge to real world problems and projects.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of the discipline is taught, practised and assessed in both core units and electives; in particular the Priestly Eleven discipline areas are covered in the core units. Students will demonstrate an understanding of these key areas to allow accreditation with the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB).

Communication Skills

Communication skills will be practised and assessed in all assessment tasks. In particular, students will develop skills in legal writing and argument. These skills will benefit participants' ability to communicate with both clients and colleagues in both legal and non-legal contexts.

Global Perspectives

The focus of an Australian law degree is Australian law but core units will often provide information about relevant law in other areas of the world in order to encourage a critical perspective. A compulsory Jurisprudence unit considers questions such as global justice and American constitutionalism. A number of elective units are focused on students achieving a global perspective: Human Rights; Public International Law; Conflict of Laws and Information Technology Law. Students are provided with references to comparative material, which may include social, political and economic perspectives, through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, online discussion and weekly set readings. Comparative jurisdictions include but are not limited to England and Wales, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and a number of European jurisdictions. The quality of legal argument, which includes the ability to cite relevant comparative material where relevant, is assessed through a number of forms of assessment including assignments and end of unit examinations.

Information Literacy

Students will be required to use complex databases to obtain relevant information about previous legal cases which, will require a high level of information literacy and students will be required to use this information in assessment tasks.

Life-Long Learning

The dynamic nature of law is such that students must be aware of current cases and decisions. Law units teach this process by considering the development of legal doctrine through the case law and statutes that change that doctrine. This encourages the practice of lifelong learning as a means of professional development. The quality of legal argument, which may include the ability to explain the development of a legal rule, is assessed through a number of forms of assessment including assignments and end of unit examinations.

Problem Solving

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed during the course through the use of problem-based learning (in tutorials and online discussion) and assessment (in assignments and examination).

Social Responsibility

Students are encouraged to reflect critically on the content of the law in most law units. Units specifically dedicated to providing context are the compulsory units LS101 (Law in Context) and LS355 (Jurisprudence). Ethical issues are also addressed in the core unit LS320 (Professional Conduct). Assessment may include an essay question which, requires the students to critically evaluate the current state of a particular area of law by reference to these perspectives.

Team Work

Students are required to engage in group work during the moot component of the core unit LS480 (Advanced Research, Writing and Advocacy). Other units within the degree may use group assessment.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on campus through UAC or QTAC

For more information, click here

New domestic students to UNE apply to study off campus direct to UNE

Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways

For more information, click here