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Bachelor of Laws (4 Years)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Laws (4 Years), offered by the University of New England (UNE), is your pathway towards gaining the necessary qualifications to practise law in Australia.

Studying this course, you'll develop a sound understanding and comprehensive knowledge of Australian law, as well as the practical skills necessary for careers in the legal profession or other law-related occupations. You'll complete core units of study (such as criminal law, constitutional law and law of contract), as well as choosing from a range of specialised additional subjects (such as industrial law, taxation law and commercial law).

This course is offered both online and on campus, full- or part-time, for maximum flexibility. Once you graduate, you'll be eligible to undertake professional legal training in order to pursue a rewarding career as a solicitor, barrister or legal practitioner.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Laws, you could still be eligible to receive an undergraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies; OR
  • Have completed overseas secondary qualifications or tertiary qualifications deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications; OR
  • Have completed Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualifications; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Have satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Have satisfied any additional requirements and/or selection criteria prescribed for particular courses; OR
  • Have obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Have satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission; OR
  • Have at least four years of relevant documented paid employment within the last seven years*; OR
  • Hold the Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) and the Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Police Prosecution) obtained through the Victoria Police Department under the Articulation Program.

*Relevant employment includes professional administration, law practice, court house, police officer, government departments or related area as approved by the Course Coordinator. You must also submit two referee reports and a resume.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this law course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to legal systems and methods
  • Law in context
  • Criminal law
  • Law of contract
  • Constitutional law
  • Law of torts
  • Corporation law
  • Property law
  • Criminal and civil procedure
  • Evidence and proof
  • Professional conduct
  • Equity and trusts
  • Administrative law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Advanced research, writing and advocacy

Listed units:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Indigenous Australians and law
  • Sports law
  • Interviewing for advocacy
  • Succession
  • Advanced criminal law
  • Criminal process, sentencing and punishment
  • Conveyancing
  • Intellectual property law
  • Human rights
  • Industrial law
  • Banking and finance law
  • Local government law
  • Introduction to environmental law
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Taxation law
  • Natural resources law
  • Advanced torts
  • Conflict of laws
  • Public international law
  • Family law
  • Competition and Australian consumer law
  • Information technology law
  • Commercial law
  • Legal practice in rural and regional communities
  • International arbitration
  • Special studies in law A & B
  • Honours in law (Honours only)
  • Research methodology and theory (Honours only)
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Laws (4 Years) from the University of New England.

This course is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board of NSW. Graduates from the course will be eligible to complete further studies and/or a period of practical legal training in order to apply for admission as an Australian solicitor, barrister or legal practitioner.

Graduates can also pursue careers in a range of other areas, including advocacy organisations, banking, commerce, commercial firms, government departments, legal aid agencies, business or management.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in law could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Solicitor

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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