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C09083v2 Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

This course provides students with a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of law and equips them with advanced research skills. UTS: Law graduates are increasingly in demand in the legal profession and in other employment sectors where legal knowledge and skills are valued. Today's law graduates are employed in a wide range of roles and responsibilities including to advise and counsel parties, act as negotiators, manage project teams and resolve disputes. Students must successfully complete both of the research subjects: 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis. Strong research skills are valued highly in contemporary professional practice.

This course provides full-time or part-time study for students wishing to obtain a professional legal qualification that satisfies the requirements for admission as a lawyer.

Students have the opportunity to engage in deeper study of the law by studying 76090 Research Methodology and undertaking 76040 Research Thesis. This course can be a pathway to higher degree research programs.

Career options

Career options include lawyer or legal policy adviser within a government or corporate department, private law firm or community law centre, or negotiating treaties or work in legislation drafting with the Attorney-General's Department.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 A coherent understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including the Australian legal system, social justice, cultural and international contexts and the principles and values of ethical practice.
2.0 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making, the rules of professional responsibility and, an ability to reflect upon and respond to ethical challenges in practice.
3.0 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively including an ability to identify and articulate legal issues, apply reasoning and research, engage in critical analysis and make reasoned choices.
4.0 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
5.0 Effective and appropriate communication skills including highly effective use of the English language, an ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade using an appropriate medium and message and an ability to respond appropriately.
6.0 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including initiating self-directed work and learning, judgment and responsibility, self assessment of skills, personal wellbeing and appropriate use of feedback and, a capacity to adapt to and embrace change.

Assumed knowledge

Proficiency in English.

Credit recognition

Students who have already completed a degree in another discipline may apply for exemption from 48 credit points of general law electives. Details about applying for credit recognition can be found in undergraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is four years of full-time or six-and-a-half years of part-time study. Full-time students have approximately 12–14.5 contact hours per week and part-time students have approximately 7–9.5 contact hours per week. Timetable constraints may require attendance at both day and evening classes.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 192 credit points. The study components for course completion are:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • 30 credit points of law options, which includes either:
    • 18 credit points of law options, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, or
    • a 6-credit-point technology law, policy and ethics (Capstone 1) subject, a 6-credit-point applied project in law, innovation and technology (Capstone 2) subject, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, and either: a disruptive technologies and the law subject or a local internship
  • 48 credit points of law or non-law electives, made up of either:
    • 48 credit points of subjects offered by other faculties of the University (for students who have not received exemption on the basis of a recognised prior degree), or
    • 18 credit points of practical legal training (PLT) subjects plus 30 credit points of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws have the option of completing the PLT program within their undergraduate law degree. Alternatively, students who wish to practise as lawyers in NSW can complete their Bachelor of Laws by including further law electives and then undertake a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

CBK91731 Honours choiceblock 30cp
STM90832 Core (Law) 108cp
CBK90923 Options (Legal Theory UG) 6cp
CBK90391 Options 48cp
Total 192cp

Course diagram



Course program

The two programs below show the standard programs of study for a full-time student and a part-time student.

The 72 credit points of optional subjects are made up of:

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09444 Legal Futures and Technology need to study 76106 Technology Law, Policy and Ethics (Capstone 1) in the Autumn session of their final year and 76107 Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology (Capstone 2) in their final Spring session.

full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70108 Public International Law   6cp
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Spring session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
76040 Research Thesis   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK90390 Options 30cp  
Spring session
75411 Practical Experience   0cp
75422 Transactional Practice   6cp
75424 Legal and Professional Skills   6cp
75423 Litigation and Estate Practice   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90390 Options 30cp  
part time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Spring session
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
Spring session
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90390 Options 30cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK90390 Options 30cp  
Spring session
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Year 6
Autumn session
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
Spring session
75424 Legal and Professional Skills   6cp
75422 Transactional Practice   6cp
Year 7
Autumn session
75411 Practical Experience   0cp
75423 Litigation and Estate Practice   6cp
76040 Research Thesis   6cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. Honours candidates must complete 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis within the course. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer provided students undertake the optional practical legal training program as part of the course or at the completion of the course. Check with the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for time constraints.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
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