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Bachelor of Laws

Course code V72

Make a change in the world with a fully accredited law degree that can be studied on-campus or online.

The course equips you 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.

ECU’s law program goes beyond the classroom. You’ll have the chance to put theory into practise and work on real life cases in our Law Access Program, compete in mooting competitions around the world, and gain access to the Law Society Peer Mentoring Program.

You can also tailor the course to your area of interest and select elective units in specialised areas of law.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

85 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

V72

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $14,650

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

V72

CRICOS code

053990G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,800

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • 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;
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • 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 University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Associate Degree.

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

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through 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 University Readiness Assessment;*
    • 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 programs 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.

Available for early offer

Year 12 students with a predicted ATAR or completing a Cert IV or a university enabling course can now apply for an early offer of a place on this course.

How to apply

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

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
LAW1116Legal Process15
LAW1111Contract Law I15
LAW1117Torts I15
LAW1600Legal Writing and Research15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1212Contract Law II15
LAW1218Torts II15
Elective Unitx 2 LAW elective units30
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1113Criminal Law I15
LAW2102Property Law I15
LAW2104Constitutional Law I15
Elective Unitx 1 LAW elective unit15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1214Criminal Law II15
LAW2312Property Law II15
LAW2314Constitutional Law II15
Elective Unitx 1 LAW elective unit15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2350Administrative Law15
LAW3855Human Rights Law15
LAW3103Equity15
Elective Unitx 1 LAW elective unit15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW3106Evidence15
LAW3107Law of Trusts15
Elective Unitx 2 LAW elective units30
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW4604Civil Procedure I15
LAW3102Corporations Law15
Elective Unitx 2 LAW elective units30
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW4614Civil Procedure II15
LAW4704Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility15
LAW4625Statutory Interpretation15
Elective Unitx 1 LAW elective unit15

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 program. 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
CRI3120Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System15
CRI3302Criminal Justice Review Project15
LAW2345Jurisprudence15
LAW2605Security and the Law15
LAW3105Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW3600Coronial Law and Mortuary Practice15
LAW3602Community Legal Practice15
LAW3650National and International Mooting Competitions15
LAW3700Supervised Legal Research Paper15
LAW3788Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond15
LAW4108International Law15
LAW4206Advanced Criminal Law15
Commercial Law Electives
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2106Intellectual Property Law15
LAW2601Planning and Development Law I15
LAW3105Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW3109Taxation Law15
LAW3201Law of Banking and Credit III15
LAW3460Competition and Consumer Protection Law15
LAW3405Law of Corporate Insolvency and External Administration15
LAW3608Advanced Taxation Law15
LAW3650National and International Mooting Competitions15
LAW3700Supervised Legal Research Paper15
LAW3788Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond15
LAW4110International Trade Law15
LAW4601Mining and Resource Law15
LAW4609Remedies15
LAW4620Commercial Practice, Conveyancing and Drafting15
FBL3501Business Practicum15
Government/Private Law Electives
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2105Employment Law15
LAW2602Environmental Law and Administration15
LAW3105Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW3602Community Legal Practice15
LAW3650National and International Mooting Competitions15
LAW3700Supervised Legal Research Paper15
LAW3788Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond15
LAW4108International Law15
LAW4607Family Law15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students have an opportunity to gain practical experience at the on-campus Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre and through the Criminal Justice Review Project (Innocence Project).

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Conflict of interest checks may apply.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (LPBWA). Registration with the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (LPBWA) is required to practice in the profession.

    The Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) satisfies the academic requirements for the admission as a legal practitioner in Western Australia and is professionally accredited by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. For information about the admission process and the additional requirements that must be completed to be eligible for admission, contact the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad and coherent range of legal knowledge for the legal profession incorporating international/global/cultural/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.
  2. Exercise critical thinking, judgement and intellectual independence to evaluate, consolidate and synthesise legal knowledge.
  3. Communicate legal knowledge, concepts and advice using relevant technologies clearly and persuasively.
  4. Collaborate in team settings to produce measurable outcomes.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions in legal situations.
  6. Reflect on feedback and critique on own performance support personal and professional development.
  7. Adopt professional and ethical behaviour and/or personal citizenship that reflect the interrelationship between ethics, code of conduct, justice and community service .

Professional Recognition

Course

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

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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Fees

  • AUD $14,650 - Commonwealth supported estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Fees

  • AUD $32,800 - International students estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

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

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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