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Bachelor of Laws

Course code V72

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 Program, The Innocence Project, The Law Access Program and international mooting competitions to give them real world experience and the competitive edge in the job market.

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Entry requirements

85 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

V72

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $11,000

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

V72

CRICOS code

053990G

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,650

See Fees and Scholarships for further information

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

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

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

Course Details

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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
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
LAW4130Innocence Project15
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
LAW3221Trade Practices, Competition 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

Course Learning Outcomes

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

Professional Recognition

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

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $11,000 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

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 Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,650 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

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 Calculator to estimate the 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.

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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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Student
stories

  • "My undergraduate journey at ECU has been amazing"
    Stuart Caporn
    Stuart CapornBachelor of Laws student

    Returning to studies mid-life, I have embarked on an academic journey by undertaking the Bachelor of Laws undergraduate course.

    The flexibility, convenience and support offered by ECU were pivotal in my decision to take up this challenge. The lecturers and staff are extremely supportive, encouraging and approachable, and always provide the help I need. I have found the culture at ECU very empowering.

    As the recipient of the Cullen McLeod Prize in Contract Law II in 2018, I now have the chance to complete an internship at a law firm. This is a great opportunity to apply the theory I've learnt to real world practice.

  • "Since graduating from ECU, I've been able to secure a graduate position at one of the largest law firms in Australia, MinterEllison"
    Dylan Hoyne
    Dylan HoyneBachelor of Laws graduate

    The focus of the Law degree at ECU is very practical. Some of my lecturers had held jobs in Parliament, ASIC, and the AAT, and were able to bring a very practical mind-set to the units they taught, something I think is very important for those wishing to practice after they complete their degrees. My studies at ECU provided me with the essential framework to begin working in, and applying for corporate positions.

    Whilst studying Law at ECU, I was lucky enough to travel to Canberra for the Australian Law Student Association Conference as a delegate. At the conference, top students from all Law Schools in Australasia come to learn about issues facing law, learn new skills, and compete. I competed in the Witness Examination competition, this taught me a lot in regards to Court etiquette, legal procedure, and dealing with clients. It was also an excellent opportunity to network with students from all over Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

  • "My parliamentary internship gave me insight into the political arena of law"
    Rachel RobsonECU Law graduate

    It has definitely assisted me with my career as my research paper was published and discussed in Parliament, and my contribution acknowledged by the MP.

    Apart from the internship, I was fortunate to undertake a work placement program with the Law Society of Western Australia, in their Law Access Division. This gave me an insight into the pro bono area of work for law. I’ve had a great experience at ECU.

    You are taught to challenge yourself outside of a textbook and incorporate theoretical knowledge into practical experience.

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