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Bachelor of Laws

2018

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Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
  104381
External Studies
  104381
Course Duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Part-time
8 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Semester
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WLAW01

Award
Bachelor of Laws
Faculty/College
College of Business and Law
Sector
HE
Area of study
Law

The Bachelor of Laws course 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 degree can also be taken with honours.

This is a competitive course and you are encouraged to also apply for 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 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.

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

StudyLink

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

Career opportunities

Law prepares you to pursue the pathway towards a career as a solicitor or barrister, however, it may also provide career paths into areas where an in-depth understanding of the law is advantageous, including politics, the public service, industrial relations or community advocacy.

  • Pathways for VET to Higher Education
    Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


    Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    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

    Credit transfer

    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.

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

The course is divided between common units, core units, specialist electives and general electives. Most of the core units are those prescribed by the legal profession as essential for meeting the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia. The specialist electives are designed to allow students to gain understanding of a range of other aspects of the law, while the general electives allow students to explore a wide range of other disciplines offered by Charles Darwin University.
The degree can also be completed with Honours.

The degree is available for external and internal modes of study. External students receive on-line learning materials including recordings of all lectures, as well as on-line tutorial assistance via the online learning platform, enabling them to complete the course anywhere in the world.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 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
AND EITHER
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
(15 units)
150cp Compulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below.

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
 

Specialist Elective
(9 units)
90cp Units totalling 90 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

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
LWA133 Legal Reasoning
LWA210 Contemporary Issues
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)
 

Electives
(6 units)
60cp

Units totalling 60 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.

When selecting electives, choose units at a suitable level. The first number in each unit code indicates the year level at which the subject is taught. Undergraduate units are coded at 100 to 300 level, therefore units coded as LWA1xx, LWA2xx and LWA3xx would be first, second and third year units respectively.
 

  320cp Total Credit Points

Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes - 2017

LWA133 Legal Reasoning has been added as a specialist elective from 2017.

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 Law
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100A and LWZ100B LWZ115 Legal Process plus
Receive 10cp as a specialist elective unit at 100 level
LWZ112 Comparative Law
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100A LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Law
LWZ212 Transnational Law
LWZ100B LWZ115 Legal Process LWZ112 Comparative Law
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

Proposed rules:

  • Students who have done LWZ202 and LWZ203 are not required to do LWZ204 however they still have to complete the core unit LWZ304
  • Students who have done LWZ202 and LWZ312 are not required to do LWZ304. However they still have to complete the core unit LWZ204
  • Students who have done LWZ203 will have to do LWZ204. However they will receive 10cp towards their Bachelor of Laws degree so they will not be disadvantaged.
  • Students who have done LWZ312 will have to do LWZ304. However they will receive 10cp towards their Bachelor of Laws degree so they will not be disadvantaged.

Table format: 

Student has completed before 2015 Student Exempt from completing Student has to complete
LWZ202 and LWZ203 and LWZ312  LWZ204
LWZ304
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level

 

LWZ202 and LWZ203 LWZ204
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level

LWZ304
 

LWZ202 and LWZ312 LWZ304
1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level
LWZ204
LWZ202 (but not LWZ203 or LWZ312) 1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level LWZ204
LWZ304
LWZ203 (but not LWZ202 or LWZ312) 1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level LWZ204
LWZ304
LWZ312 (but not LWZ202 or LWZ203) 1 x Specialist Elective at 200 level LWZ204
LWZ304

  

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 CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems CO LWZ116 Torts CO
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO LWZ118 Contracts CO
LWZ115 Legal Process CO Elective 1 / Law Specialist Elective 1 E/SE
Year 2
LWZ210 Equity CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ211 Trusts CO
Elective 2 / Law Specialist Elective 2 E/SE LWZ212 Transnational Law CO
Elective 3 / Law Specialist Elective 3 E/SE Elective 4 / Law Specialist Elective 4 E/SE
Year 3
LWZ304 Administrative Law CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure CO
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO LWZ320 Professional Responsibility CO
LWZ316 Evidence CO Elective 6 / Law Specialist Elective 6 E/SE
Elective 5 / Law Specialist Elective 5 E/SE Law Specialist Elective 7 SE
Year 4
Law Specialist Elective 8 SE Law Specialist Elective 12 SE
Law Specialist Elective 9 SE Law Specialist Elective 13 SE
Law Specialist Elective 10 SE Law Specialist Elective 14 SE
Law Specialist Elective 11 SE Law Specialist Elective 15 SE

Law Specialist Elective (SE) units may be selected from the following:

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
    LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems CO
    LWZ115 Legal Process CO
    LWZ116 Torts CO
    LWZ118 Contracts CO
Year 2
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU LWZ211 Trusts CO
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO Elective 2 / Law Specialist Elective 2 E/SE
Elective 1 / Law Specialist Elective 1 E/SE Elective 3 / Law Specialist Elective 3 E/SE
Year 3
LWZ210 Equity CO LWZ212 Transnational Law CO
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure CO
Elective 4 / Law Specialist Elective 4 E/SE LWZ320 Professional Responsibility CO
Elective 5 / Law Specialist Elective 5 E/SE Elective 6 / Law Specialist Elective 6 E/SE
Year 4
LWZ304 Administrative Law CO Law Specialist Elective 8 SE
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO Law Specialist Elective 9 SE
LWZ316 Evidence CO Law Specialist Elective 10 SE
Law Specialist Elective 7 SE Law Specialist Elective 11 SE
Year 5
Law Specialist Elective 12 SE    
Law Specialist Elective 13  SE    
Law Specialist Elective 14 SE    
Law Specialist Elective 15 SE    

 

Law Specialist Elective (SE) units may be selected from the following:

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 Summer Semester

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester 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 unit 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

 

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Year 1
        CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU
        CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
Year 2
LWZ112 Comparative Legal Systems CO LWZ116 Torts CO    
LWZ114 Criminal Law CO LWZ118 Contracts CO    
LWZ115 Legal Process CO Elective 1 / Law Specialist Elective 1 E/SE    
           
Year 3
LWZ210 Equity CO LWZ204 Constitutional Law CO    
LWZ223 Property Law CO LWZ211 Trusts CO    
Elective 2 / Law Specialist Elective 2 E/SE LWZ212 Transnational Law CO    
Elective 3 / Law Specialist Elective 3 E/SE Elective 4 / Law Specialist Elective 4 E/SE    
Year 4
LWZ304 Administrative Law CO LWZ317 Civil Procedure CO    
LWZ315 Corporations Law CO LWZ320 Professional Responsibility CO    
LWZ316 Evidence CO Elective 6 / Law Specialist Elective 6  E/SE    
Elective 5 / Law Specialist Elective 5 E/SE Law Specialist Elective 7 SE    
Year 5
Law Specialist Elective 8 SE Law Specialist Elective 12 SE    
Law Specialist Elective 9 SE Law Specialist Elective 13 SE    
Law Specialist Elective 10 SE Law Specialist Elective 14 SE    
Law Specialist Elective 11 SE Law Specialist Elective 15 SE    

 

Law Specialist Elective (SE) units may be selected from the following:

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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