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Bachelor of Laws

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Studying a Bachelor of Laws course at Murdoch University means you'll start studying key law units from your first year onwards and can finish with a Bachelor of Laws in just four years.

The course covers core units, including criminal, contract and constitutional law, as well as compulsory units in the practicalities of legal research and theory, civil procedures and ethics and professional responsibility.

In your fourth year, you can choose from a variety of electives that include family law, employment relations law, climate change, sustainability and environmental law and European union law, to name but a few. You'll hone your debating skills in our Moot Court, designed to feel like a real courtroom, and have the opportunity to study up to three units abroad in Italy or Switzerland.

You can also choose to study law in a combined degree with a wide range of majors across the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science. A combined degree is a minimum of five years full time.

If you already hold an undergraduate degree (in any discipline), you can gain graduate entry to the Bachelor of Laws enabling you to gain recognition for your previous studies and complete your law degree in three years or the full-time equivalent.

Eligibility

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

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above 90; OR
  • Completed a Murdoch University Pre-Law Alternative Entry Course; OR
  • Completed at least two years of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Areas of study

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

  • Australian legal system
  • Law in context
  • Torts
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Legal writing for lawyers
  • Research methods for law
  • Contract law
  • Property law A
  • Property law B
  • Equity
  • Constitutional law
  • Legal theory and research
  • Australian administrative law
  • Trusts
  • Evidence
  • Corporations law
  • Ethics and professional responsibility
  • Civil procedure

Plus your choice of elective units.

Honours

  • Honours thesis in law
  • Legal research methods for honours
  • Civil procedure
  • Corporations law
  • Ethics and professional responsibility

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

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University.

The experience you'll gain in professional settings, such as at Murdoch University's community law clinic SCALES, will open up a range of exciting career opportunities for you in law and other fields. Besides studying law as a four-year degree, you can choose to combine it with other studies at Murdoch and graduate with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science.

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 a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University 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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