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C10124v8 Bachelor of Laws

Award(s): Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
UAC code: 604000 (FT)(Autumn session), 604001 (PT)(Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 013614G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

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

Overview

This course teaches students foundational knowledge and skills in law and its practice. 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 employable in a wide range of roles and responsibilities, including to advise and counsel parties, act as negotiators, manage project teams and resolve disputes.

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 undertaking a number of law options and incorporate a broad variety of other disciplines by enrolling in options from other faculties.

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.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

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,
  • 30 credit points of law options, this includes, either:
    • 30 credit points of law options, or
    • 30 credit points of legal futures and technology options
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • 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

STM90832 Core (Law) 108cp
CBK90391 Options 48cp
CBK91729 LLB options 30cp
CBK90923 Options (Legal Theory UG) 6cp
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 with 30 credit points of law options.

The 84 credit points of optional subjects are made up of:

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09443 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
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK90922 Options (Law UG) 30cp  
Spring session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
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  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76092 Advanced Property 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90922 Options (Law UG) 30cp  
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
CBK90922 Options (Law UG) 30cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK90922 Options (Law UG) 30cp  
Spring session
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK90390 Options 30cp  
Year 6
Autumn session
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  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76092 Advanced Property 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90390 Options 30cp  
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
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90390 Options 30cp  

Honours

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

Students who meet the criteria for honours are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer into an honours exit course is managed by the Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

Students who undertake the Legal Futures and Technology major and who meet the criteria for honours can choose to undertake honours as part of their degree.

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 NSW 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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