Bachelor of Laws
Legal theory with a focus on digital practice
Explore the Australian legal system and its use of current digital technologies. You’ll develop legal knowledge and technical skills to work in modern legal practices. Professional placements prepare you to excel in a range of industries.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 12 Nov 23
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What you'll learn
Legal technology and innovation:
Innovative technologies continue to transform legal practice. Investigate the implications of technological change and automation in the legal sector, and ensure the changes are positive, making legal services more accessible than ever before.
Legal theory and practice:
Acquire knowledge in the legal theory that underpins the Rule of Law in Australia and internationally – and informs all legal practice.
Ethical and legal responsibility:
Keep your knowledge of legal ethics and responsibility current, so you can conduct yourself ethically in your role working within the legal system.
Manage relationships between state and non-state actors in an international legal context, based on an informed understanding of international and jurisdictional law.
The Bachelor of Laws consists of 32 units, including, 21 core Law units, six Law electives and five units of Secondary Studies, comprising of electives. You will also complete three Professional Experiences in law.
Your learning will focus on legal technology and innovation, looking at how the relationship between law and technology has changed and will continue to over time. Your units will focus on how to understand the different nuances and adapt to new technologies.
Studying law with Swinburne Online is a unique opportunity. Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. View all units in your bachelor’s degree.
Swinburne Online teaches you more than just theory.
Upon graduation you will be able to steer your career in the direction of your choice. That may be towards traditional fields of legal practice – such as criminal law, international law or finance law.
Our graduates work in a range of rewarding roles and industries. The Bachelor of Laws prioritises enhancing your technical literacy so that you can graduate with a future-focused skill set. You will:
- Undertake professional experience placements and moot court exercises that will familiarise you with the legal practice
- Focus on the technological advancement within the Australian legal system
- Learn from industry leaders.
- Commercial Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Native Title Law
- International Law
The Bachelor of Laws is a fully accredited legal qualification and approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board, with this course fulfilling the first requirement on the pathway to becoming a practicing lawyer.
- Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification; or
- Completion or partial completion of a degree; AND
- VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.
Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee offer of a place.
English Proficiency Requirements
English Language requirements will also apply.
International students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency before enrolling into a Swinburne Online degree by undertaking one of the following English language tests; The International English Language Test Score (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
Credit for previous study or work
Embark on a tech-savvy career in the innovative legal sector
The sweeping uptake of digital technologies in legal professions is revolutionising legal practice, just as it is changing the way we all live and work. Today’s legal professionals need to be not only commercially savvy, but have the adaptability to work with emerging technologies across legal landscapes that are continually innovating.
Pathway to becoming a lawyer
Swinburne Online’s Bachelor of Laws is approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board, with this course fulfilling the first requirement on the pathway to becoming a practicing lawyer.
You’ll develop a nuanced understanding of digital disruption and its legal implications, which will open your legal career for work in criminal, international, commercial, finance law and more. With a digitally informed toolkit at your disposal, you will also be able to take advantage of the growing number of technology-centric opportunities in legal fields that govern cybersecurity, media and entertainment, design, branding and advertising.
Like all Swinburne Online courses, practical experience is fundamental. This is why the Bachelor of Laws prioritises work integrated learning through a series of moot court exercises and competitions, as well as professional placements. By participating you will have the opportunity to network and learn directly from experienced legal professionals, while acquiring a practical legal skill set.
Your placement can be at any workplace where legal work is performed, as long as your work experience during the placement is of a legal nature. You can take your placement overseas or in Australia, as long as it’s approved by the Course Director, so you have the opportunity to try different legal work during your practical experience.
Swinburne Online will prepare you to meet the challenges of rapid technological change and upheaval in the legal sector, and set you up to chart a success career in law.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
The Bachelor of Laws consists of 32 units, and will see you undertake the following studies:
- 21 core Law units
- 6 Law electives
- 5 units of Secondary Studies, comprising of electives
- You will also complete three Professional Experiences in law.
- Learning and Communicating for Innovative Business Practice
- Introduction to Australian Law & Statutory Interpretation
- Contract Law
- Commercial Law
- Torts 1
- Criminal Law & Procedure
- Legal Writing
- Administrative Law
- Trade Marks & Related Rights
- Federal & State Constitutional Law
- Property Law
- Land Law
- Legal Technology and Innovation
- Patents & Designs
- Equity & Trusts
- Company Law
- Legal Practice & Professional Conduct
- Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- International Commercial Law
- Law and the Media
- Public & Private International Law
- Competition Law & Policy
- Privacy in Law and Society
- Advanced Criminal Law and Sentencing
- Law & Social Science
- Crime and Punishment in the International Context
- Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime
- Finance Law
- Critical Thinking in Management