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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
104371
External Studies
104371
Course Duration
Full-time
5 year/s
Part-time
10 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
CDU Reference
CRICOS codes
003835K
CDU Course Code

WARLA1

Award
Bachelor of Arts:Bachelor of Laws
Faculty/College
College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Law
Society and Welfare Studies

The combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws provides you with the opportunity to complete both degrees within 5 years of full-time study.

During the Bachelor of Arts portion of your course, you will learn about and develop your academic skills in humanities and social sciences, including history, political science and literary studies. The program will also prepare you for further study at honours and postgraduate level.

The Bachelor of Laws program provides you with the academic foundation for admission to legal practice. In that context, the course provides you with knowledge of the law, legal processes and legal principles and cultivates a capacity for legal research, analysis and communication. There is a focus on the analysis, interpretation, evaluation and application of various sources of legal authority in order to construct solutions to legal problems. The course also deals with theoretical perspectives on the law and encourages an appreciation of transnational law and of legal issues of special significance to the Northern Territory, including Aboriginal legal issues. The law degree can be taken with honours.

This is a competitive course and you are encouraged to also apply for the Bachelor of Arts, the Associate Degree of Legal Studies (115141) or the Diploma of Laws (116151) as an alternative pathway should you not meet the cutoff.

Professional recognition

The law degree provides the academic foundation for admission to legal practice in the Northern Territory and elsewhere in Australia. The CDU law degree programs are accredited through the Northern Territory Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.
Students should also seek advice from the admitting authority in the State or Territory in which they propose to seek admission to professional practice.

To be admitted to legal practice in Australia, law graduates must also complete the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP). The GDLP may be taken through the College of Law, Sydney, and can be completed online from anywhere in Australia or overseas. The College of Law provides a focus on the law and practice relevant to the State or Territory in which the candidate proposes to seek admission as a legal practitioner.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 75*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Domestic applications

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

Study Link

All International applicants must apply through Study Link unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you may have career opportunities in government, private companies and non-government organisations (NGO) in areas such as politics, the public service, or industrial relations. Law also prepares you to pursue the pathway towards a career as a solicitor or barrister.

  • For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • This course may be deferred up to 1 year.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campus notes

    AFB: This is an ABSTUDY approved course that may attract Away From Base (AFB) funding and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
    For further information and/or eligibility please visit cdu.edu/afb.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

Candidates are required to complete the common units, core units, and specialist electives from each award. The Arts award will include units in topic areas such as literary studies, history, and political science. The law degree will include the prescribed areas of academic study required for admission to professional legal practice, as well as a range of specialist electives. The Law degree can be completed with Honours. The Law degree is available for external and internal modes of study.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 400 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp
Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.


CUC107
Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology or
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title from 2016)

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(19units)
190cp
Compulsory Core units totalling 190 credit points as detailed below.
 
Law Core Units (150 credit points)

LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ114 Criminal Law
LWZ115 Legal Process (replaces LWZ111 from 2016)
LWZ116 Torts
LWZ118 Contracts
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
LWZ210 Equity
LWZ211 Trusts
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ223 Property Law
LWZ304 Administrative Law
LWZ315 Corporations Law
LWZ316 Evidence
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility

 
Arts Core Units (40 credit points)

HIS142 Introduction to Australian History (new title 2018)
LIT101 An Introduction to Reading Literature and Film (recoded to LIT104 Introduction to Australasian Literature from 2018)
POL149 Foundations of Western Civilisation (recoded to POL249 from 2018)
SOC140
Sociological Perspectives  

Specialist Elective
(15 units)
150 cp

Units totalling 150 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

Specialist Elective Units totalling 150 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below. Students must complete 90 credit points from Law and 60 credit points from Arts:
 
Law Specialist Electives (90 credit points):

LWA110 Legal History (previously LWB205 2016)
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System (previously LWB201 2016)
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA113 Customary Law (not offered 2018)
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA210 Contemporary Issues (new title from 2016)
LWA213 Family Law (not offered 2018)
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
LWA219 Criminology (not offered 2018)
LWA221 Human Rights Law (previously LWB206 2016)
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA317 Research Paper (previously LWC304 2016)
LWA319 Private International Law (not offered 2018)
LWA321 Public International Law (replaces LWA318 from 2016)
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA325 Succession (not offered 2018)
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law (not offered 2018)
LWA329 Conveyancing Law (new title from 2016)
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law (not offered 2018)
LWA332 Science and the Law (not offered 2018)

 

Arts Specialist Electives (60 credit points)
 

History

At least 3 units (30 credit points) must be at 300 level

HIS231 Colonial Rule in Southeast Asia

HIS246 Colonial North Australia (new title 2018)
HIS252 Modern History of Southeast Asia (previously HIS249A 2016) (new title 2018)
HIS347 North Australia in the 20th Century (new title 2018)
HIS355 Mainland Southeast Asia
CAH301 Independent Studies A (History)
CAH302 Independent Studies B (History)

 

Literary Studies
At least 3 units (30 credit points) must be at 300 level

LIT102 Creative and Critical Writing (replaced by LIT103 2018)

LIT201 The Literature of the North: Australia and South East Asia (replaced by LIT205 2019)
LIT202 Creative and Professional Writing (replaced by LIT203 2019 or LIT204 2018)
LIT301 Australian Literature in the Twentieth Century (replaced by LIT304 2018)
LIT302 Independent Study in Creative Practice (new title from 2018)
CAH301 Independent Studies A (Literary Studies)
CAH302 Independent Studies B (Literary Studies)

 

Political Science

At least 3 units (30 credit points) must be at 300 level

POL101 Introduction to Australian Politics

POL214 Political Ideas
POL220 International Relations (replaced by POL120 2018)
POL221 Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia (replaced by POL321 2018)
POL312 Northern Territory Politics Internship Program (20cp) (last offered 2010)

POL315 Politics in Indonesia (last offering 2018. (Replaced by INI310 from 2019 and POL364 from 2018)

POL316 Politics in China (discontinued 2017)
CAH301 Independent Studies A (Political Science)
CAH302 Independent Studies B (Political Science)

 

Electives
(4 units)
40 cp
Units totalling 40 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.

 
400cp
Total Credit Points
 

Course Changes and Transfer Arrangements - 2016

The unit LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems has been added to the course structure as an introductory unit, in addition to LWZ115 Legal Process. LWZ212 Transnational Law has also been made a core unit.

  • Students who began their studies in 2015 and completed LWZ111 Introduction to Law will be exempt from completing LWZ115 Legal Process. However, they will still be required to complete LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems and LWZ212 Transnational Law.
  • Students will be given credit for all units accredited under the past course codes of BLAW, BLAWG and ADLS

In 2015 LWZ100A and LWZ100B were replaced by one introductory unit – LWZ111.

  • Students who have completed either LWZ100A or LWZ100B will be exempt from completing LWZ115. However they will still be required to complete LWZ112 and LWZ212.
  • Students who have completed both LWZ100A and LWZ100B will be exempt from doing LWZ115 and they will still have to complete LWZ112 and LWZ212. However, they will not be disadvantaged and will receive 10cp to be credited towards their degree as a specialist elective at 100 level.

Please see the same information below in a table format:

Student has completed before 2016 Student Exempt in 2016 Student has to complete in 2016
LWZ111  LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100A and LWZ100B LWZ115 Legal Process plus
Receive 10cp as a specialist elective unit at 100 level
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100A LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100B LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
LWZ212 Transnational Law

Additional transitioning rules applicable to students who started before 2015:

LWZ202 was a core unit which was being discontinued and its outcomes were incorporated into the core units LWZ203 Constitutional Law and LWZ312 Administrative Law.

Their new unit codes are LWZ204 Constitutional Law and LWZ304 Administrative Law.
 

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability or
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
POL149 Foundations of Western Civilisation (recoded to POL249 from 2018) ACO HIS142 Introduction to Australian History (new title 2018) ACO
SOC140 Sociological Perspectives ACO LWZ116 Torts LCO
LWZ115 Legal Process LCO LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems LCO
Year 2
LIT101 An introduction to Reading Literature and Film (recoded to LIT104 Introduction to Australasian Literature 2018) ACO LWZ118 Contracts LCO
LWZ114 Criminal Law LCO LWZ204 Constitutional Law LCO
Arts Specialist Elective 1 ASE Arts Specialist Elective 3  ASE
Arts Specialist Elective 2 ASE Arts Specialist Elective 4  ASE
Year 3
LWZ210 Equity LCO LWZ211 Trusts  LCO
LWZ223 Property Law  LCO LWZ212 Transnational Law  LCO
Arts Specialist Elective 5  ASE Arts Specialist Elective 6  ASE
Law Specialist Elective 1  LSE Law Specialist Elective 2  LSE
Year 4
LWZ304 Administrative Law  LCO LWZ317 Civil Procedure  LCO
LWZ315 Corporations Law  LCO LWZ320 Professional Responsibility  LCO
LWZ316 Evidence  LCO Law Specialist Elective 4  LSE
Law Specialist Elective 3  LSE Law Specialist Elective 5  LSE
Year 5
Law Specialist Elective 6  LSE Law Specialist Elective 8  LSE
Law Specialist Elective 7  LSE Law Specialist Elective 9  LSE
Elective 1 E Elective 3  E
Elective 2
E
Elective 4
 E

Law Specialist Electives Available 2018

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Elective Available in 2018
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law

LWA317 Research Paper
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA329 Conveyancing Law

LWA210 Contemporary Issues
 
LWA110 Legal History
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
LWA317 Research Paper
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2018
LWA219 Criminology
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession
 
LWA113 Customary Law
 
LWA213 Family Law
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
LWA332 Science and Law
 

 

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
 

Legend:
CU = Common Unit
CO = Core Unit
SE = Specialist Elective
E = Elective
Semester 1
Semester 2
Year 1
 
 
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability or
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
 CU
 
 
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
 CU
 
 
HIS142 Introduction to Australian History (new title 2018)
 ACO
 
 
LWZ115 Legal Process
 LCO
Year 2
LIT101 An introduction to Reading Literature and Film (recoded to LIT104 Introduction to Australasian Literature 2018)
 ACO
LWZ116 Torts
 LCO
POL149 Foundations of Western Civilisation (recoded to POL249 from 2018)
 ACO
LWZ118 Contracts
 LCO
SOC140 Sociological Perspectives
 ACO
Arts Specialist Elective 1
 ASE
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems
 LCO
Arts Specialist Elective 2
 ASE
Year 3
LWZ114 Criminal Law
 LCO
LWZ204 Constitutional Law
 LCO
LWZ210 Equity
 LCO
LWZ211 Trusts
 LCO
LWZ223 Property Law
 LCO
LWZ212 Transnational Law
 LCO
Arts Specialist Elective 3  ASE Arts Specialist Elective 4  ASE
Year 4
LWZ304 Administrative Law
  LCO
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
 LCO
LWZ315 Corporations Law
  LCO
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility
 LCO
LWZ316 Evidence
  LCO
Law Specialist Elective 1
 LSE
Arts Specialist Elective 5
 ASE
Arts Specialist Elective 6
 ASE
Year 5
Law Specialist Elective 2
  LSE
Law Specialist Elective 6
  LSE
Law Specialist Elective 3
  LSE
Law Specialist Elective 7
  LSE
Law Specialist Elective 4
  LSE
Elective 1
 E
Law Specialist Elective 5
  LSE
Elective 2
 E
Year 6
Law Specialist Elective 8
 LSE
 
 
Law Specialist Elective 9
 LSE
 
 
Elective 3
E
 
 
Elective 4
E
 
 

Law Specialist Electives Available 2018

Semester 1 Study Period 2 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Specialist Elective Available in 2018
LWA114 Law, Justice and the State
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA221 Human Rights Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law

LWA317 Research Paper
LWA322 Moot Court
LWA329 Conveyancing Law

LWA210 Contemporary Issues
 
LWA110 Legal History
LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law
LWA298 Legal Clinic
LWA317 Research Paper
LWA321 Public International Law
LWA217 Resources and Energy Law
LWA317 Research Paper
Specialist Electives Not Offered in 2018
LWA219 Criminology
LWA319 Private International Law
LWA325 Succession
 
LWA113 Customary Law
 
LWA213 Family Law
LWA328 Competition and Consumer Law
LWA331 Finance and Securities Law
LWA332 Science and Law
 

 

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