University of Technology Sydney

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 the UTS Student Centre.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
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

LAW.1.1 A coherent and advanced understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including: a. The Australian colonial and post-colonial legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge;
b. The broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy;
c. The impact of Anglo-Australian laws on Indigenous peoples, including their historical origins in the process of colonisation and ongoing impact;
d. The principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers’ roles;
e. Advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of underlying legal principles and concepts in one or more areas of practice or inquiry.
LAW.2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including:
a. An understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and professional responsibility;
b. An ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community; and
c. An ability to reflect on and engage constructively with diversity in practice.
LAW.3.1 An advanced capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to:
a. Identify and articulate legal issues in context, including the skill of critical reading and writing;
b. Apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to sometimes complex legal problems;
c. Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and
d. Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
LAW.4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues; advanced knowledge of legal research principles and different methodologies, and technical and planning skills to design and apply research to a significant scholarly piece of work.
LAW.5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills including:
a. Highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different and diverse audiences and environments;
b. An ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade;
c. An ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message;
d. An ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly;
e. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and
f. An ability to communicate a clear and coherent exposition of legal research and scholarship orally and in writing.
LAW.6.1 Effective and appropriate collaboration skills in working together to achieve a common goal in a group learning environment or the workplace including:
a. An ability to give and receive feedback;
b. Appropriate professional and interpersonal skills in working collaboratively;
c. A capacity to develop strategies to successfully negotiate group challenges; and
d. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others.
LAW.7.1 The capacity to work with Indigenous peoples in a professional context;
a. To respect, recognise and advocate for Indigenous strengths and self-determination;
b. To acknowledge and respect Indigenous Knowledges;
c. To understand the impact of colonisation, specifically historical and ongoing racism and the economic impact of dispossession resulting in social and economic exclusion, and
To identify and challenge the deficit narratives and biases of Anglo-Australian laws towards Indigenous Australians.
LAW.8.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including:
a. An ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning, including authorship of a significant piece of work;
b. Well-developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context;
c. The ability to support personal and professional development by:
I. Reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance;
II. Making use of feedback as appropriate;
III. Identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance;
IV. Making use of resources and support in developing resilience; and
d. A capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.

Key

LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Assumed knowledge

Proficiency in English.

Recognition of prior learning

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 recognition of prior learning 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 diagram: C09083

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:

  • 18 credit points of law options from CBK91100 or MAJ09444
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option from CBK90923, and either:
    • 48 credit points of electives from CBK90300, or
    • 30 credit points of electives from CBK90390 and 18 credit points of PLT subjects from STM90792.

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 Introduction to Property and 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  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 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 Introduction to Property and 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  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 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
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