Bachelor of Laws

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

image courtesy of Edith Cowan University

For students seeking a career in law, this course equips them with skills for the courtroom and beyond, providing greater scope and options for a rewarding career in the legal, corporate, commercial and social justice fields.

Students can add value to their degree by selecting elective units in specialised areas of law. Students may also participate in the Law Society Peer Mentoring Programme, The Innocence Project, The Law Access Programme and international mooting competitions to give them real-world experience and the competitive edge in the job market.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 5)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Advanced Diploma or equivalent;
  • Successfully completed 1 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Associate Degree.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

jessica45 / Pixabay

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online
  • Semester 1: Study part-time Online
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online
  • Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 22 Core units and 10 LAW elective units.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1116 Legal Process 15
LAW1111 Contract Law I 15
LAW1117 Torts I 15
LAW1600 Legal Writing and Research 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1212 Contract Law II 15
LAW1218 Torts II 15
Elective Unit x 2 LAW elective units 30

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1113 Criminal Law I 15
LAW2102 Property Law I 15
LAW2104 Constitutional Law I 15
Elective Unit x 1 LAW elective unit 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1214 Criminal Law II 15
LAW2312 Property Law II 15
LAW2314 Constitutional Law II 15
Elective Unit x 1 LAW elective unit 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2350 Administrative Law 15
LAW3855 Human Rights Law 15
LAW3103 Equity 15
Elective Unit x 1 LAW elective unit 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW3106 Evidence 15
LAW3107 Law of Trusts 15
Elective Unit x 2 LAW elective units 30

Year 4 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW4604 Civil Procedure I 15
LAW3102 Corporations Law 15
Elective Unit x 2 LAW elective units 30

Year 4 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW4614 Civil Procedure II 15
LAW4704 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility 15
LAW4625 Statutory Interpretation 15
Elective Unit x 1 LAW elective unit 15

Note: Students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70% or higher after their third year of study may be invited to complete an Honours programme. Those students will transfer to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) for their fourth and final year of study.

Electives

10 elective units are to be selected from any of the following streams.

Criminal Law/Social Justice Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI3120 Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System 15
LAW2345 Jurisprudence 15
LAW2605 Security and the Law 15
LAW3105 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15
LAW3600 Coronial Law and Mortuary Practice 15
LAW3602 Community Legal Practice 15
LAW3650 National and International Mooting Competitions 15
LAW3700 Supervised Legal Research Paper 15
LAW3788 Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond 15
LAW4108 International Law 15
LAW4130 Innocence Project 15
LAW4206 Advanced Criminal Law 15

Commercial Law Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2106 Intellectual Property Law 15
LAW2601 Planning and Development Law I 15
LAW3105 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15
LAW3109 Taxation Law 15
LAW3201 Law of Banking and Credit III 15
LAW3221 Trade Practices, Competition and Consumer Protection Law 15
LAW3405 Law of Corporate Insolvency and External Administration 15
LAW3608 Advanced Taxation Law 15
LAW3650 National and International Mooting Competitions 15
LAW3700 Supervised Legal Research Paper 15
LAW3788 Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond 15
LAW4110 International Trade Law 15
LAW4601 Mining and Resource Law 15
LAW4609 Remedies 15
LAW4620 Commercial Practice, Conveyancing and Drafting 15
FBL3501 Business Practicum 15

Government/Private Law Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2105 Employment Law 15
LAW2602 Environmental Law and Administration 15
LAW3105 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15
LAW3602 Community Legal Practice 15
LAW3650 National and International Mooting Competitions 15
LAW3700 Supervised Legal Research Paper 15
LAW3788 Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond 15
LAW4108 International Law 15
LAW4607 Family Law 15

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical legal issues.
  • Communicate legal knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrate initiative and autonomy to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values through appropriate professional practice.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate legal solutions/responses.
  • Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex legal matters.
  • Use digital and hard copy indexes to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant legal principle and policy from cases and peer-reviewed articles.
  • Work collaboratively and accountable and be responsible for own learning.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (LPBWA)

Career Opportunities

Potential careers exist in private practice, in-house corporate practice and in-house government. Corporate planning, government policy, politics, journalism, creative writing and many other careers dependent on excellent written and verbal communications skills, logic and analytical ability are also welcome options for graduates.

Possible future job titles

Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor, Legal Practitioner, Courts Administrator, Civil Service Administrator, Tax Inspector, In-house/Community Legal Adviser, Legal Publisher, Foreign Affairs & Trade Officer.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

At ECU we are guided by our values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry and personal excellence. Our focus on teaching and research is inspired by engagement and partnerships with those in the many ... Read More

At ECU we are guided by our values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry and personal excellence. Our focus on teaching and research is inspired by engagement and partnerships with those in the many communities we were established to serve. Read less
Joondalup , Mount Lawley , Bunbury + 2 More Less