C09097v2 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Bachelor of International StudiesAward(s): Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus
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.
This course information relates to students commencing a combined degree with the Bachelor of International Studies in 2022. Students who commenced a combined degree with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prior to 2022 should refer to the Handbook for the year they commenced their degree.
Course intended learning outcomes
Course duration and attendance
Course completion requirements
Levels of award
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Bachelor of International Studies is offered jointly by UTS Law and UTS International Studies. The course is designed for students who wish to provide specialised legal services to international organisations and to satisfy the demand for lawyers who can act for foreign investors.
Honours relates to the law component only and 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.
Career prospects are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers both locally and internationally.
The course offers students the opportunity to gain an international perspective to their law studies. In developing language skills and undertaking overseas study in their fourth year, students are exposed to expertise and skills to enable them to work internationally and have an in-depth understanding of cross-cultural legal issues.
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 include legal policy adviser within a government department, lawyer in a commercial or corporate sector with international links. Graduates can work with international organisations such as the United Nations and opportunities also exist in foreign affairs.
Course intended learning outcomes
|INT.1.1||Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.|
|INT.2.1||Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.|
|INT.2.2||Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.|
|INT.3.1||Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.|
|INT.4.1||Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.|
|INT.5.1||Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.|
|INT.6.1||Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.|
|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; and
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
d. 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.
LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
Proficiency in English is assumed. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.
Course duration and attendance
This course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis. The law component requires attendance of 12–15 hours of lectures a week and timetable constraints may require attendance at daytime and evening classes.
The course comprises a total of 240 credit points. The study components for course completion are as follows.
The law component of 144 credit points is made up of:
- 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
- a 6-credit-point legal theory option
- a 30-credit-point law option, 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.
The international studies comprises 96 credit points. Students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Culture and the Professional World pathway or the Language, Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into the International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.
For a current listing of subjects in each course refer to the study package directory.
In the International Studies component students have the following options:
- Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.
- Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.
- International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.
Industrial training/professional practice
To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic 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 this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).
Course completion requirements
|STM91052 Law stream (Honours)||144cp|
|CBK92057 Country and Language choice||96cp|
The standard program shown is for a full-time student who has selected the German Language and Culture major, and is completing the Language, Culture & the Professional World or the International Honours pathways.
It is recommended that students who elect to complete the Language, Culture & Global Exchange pathway complete 999781 International Research Methods in Year 3 Autumn, so that they can undertake their Exchange session during Year 4 Autumn.
All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK91100.
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.
Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK92057; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.
|70114 Criminal Law and Procedure||8cp|
|70102 Foundations of Law||8cp|
|70103 Ethics Law and Justice||6cp|
|70616 Australian Constitutional Law||8cp|
|70104 Civil Practice||6cp|
|97601 German Language and Culture 1||8cp|
|976001 Foundations in International Studies||8cp|
|70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law||6cp|
|97602 German Language and Culture 2||8cp|
|70317 Real Property||8cp|
|97603 German Language and Culture 3||8cp|
|70617 Administrative Law||8cp|
|976421 Contemporary Germany||8cp|
|97604 German Language and Culture 4||8cp|
|70517 Equity and Trusts||8cp|
|977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany||24cp|
|978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany||24cp|
|70417 Corporate Law||8cp|
|70108 Public International Law||6cp|
|Select 6 credit points from the following:||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|
|76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law||6cp|
|76090 Research Methodology||6cp|
|Select 18 credit points from the following:||18cp|
|CBK91100 Options (Honours)||18cp|
|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.
This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).
Further information is available from:
UTS Student Centre
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