Warning! Students must complete all four designated Open Access subjects, with minimum GPA 4.2, in order to gain admission into the LLB and continue with the remaining Law subjects.
Bachelor of Laws
Court a career in the legal system.
Engage with the law, and way it’s applied. Adopt a critical and progressive approach and interrogate the legal system. Work in a wide range of fields, or do the associated Professional Legal Training to work as a solicitor or barrister.
The University of New England is the only Australian public university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for Overall Experience by the Good Universities Guide, 13 years in a row. UNE has delivered distance education since 1955—that’s longer than any other Australian university. Perhaps that’s why students continue to rate UNE so highly for student satisfaction and teaching quality. With over 170 degrees offered online, and more than 20,000 online students, UNE is the expert in online education.
Upon completion of this course, LLB students will be able to:
- demonstrate a sound knowledge of the fundamental areas of law prescribed by the admitting authorities; a wide range of legal and theoretical concepts, values and principles; and have an awareness of international law and an appreciation of Indigenous legal issues;
- communicate in an effective and persuasive manner an argument, advice or opinion that is clear, coherent and logically sustainable, to both legal and nonlegal audiences, both orally and in writing;
- demonstrate an awareness of global legal, political, and social perspectives;
- demonstrate an ability to design a research strategy and access legal resources including using practical applications that respond to the factual, legal, theoretical and policy issues, to achieve a considered outcome that represents an evaluation of the data generated;
- demonstrate an appreciation that the law will change and the need for both self-directed and professional legal education that seeks to ensure the currency of legal knowledge;
- demonstrate an ability to identify issues and apply legal knowledge and principles to complex problems and projects, with a view to constructing relevant, creative and ethically appropriate responses;
- demonstrate an ability to apply principles of professional and social responsibility in formulating considered responses to ethical issues that require an analysis and evaluation of a diverse range of values, norms and behaviours in the professional, societal and global contexts;
- demonstrate an ability to engage with others in a way that respects diverse opinions and perspectives to achieve relevant and efficient outcomes that reflect the contribution of all those involved; and
- demonstrate an ability to critically reflect upon and analyse the law's effect on society and, where appropriate, develop arguments for reform.
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of NSW.
Upon completion of the LLB, graduates may complete a period of practical legal training and be qualified to apply for admission as an Australian Lawyer.
After admission, you are then eligible to apply for a practising certificate as a solicitor from the Law Society of NSW or undertake further studies to obtain a practising certificate as a barrister from the Bar Association of NSW.
Additionally, a law degree is relevant to a large range of careers including working in legal aid agencies, advocacy organisations, commercial firms, government departments, banking, commerce, management and a wide range of businesses.
Open enrolment subjects
To be admitted to the Bachelor of Laws (4 Years) you need to complete the following four units of study and achieve a minimum GPA of 4.2:
- LAW100 Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods
- LAW101 Law in Context
- LAW161 Criminal Law*
- LAW171 Law of Contract 1*
*LAW161 and LAW171 have LAW100 and LAW101 as pre‐requisite subjects.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements
- The 4.2 GPA requirement equates to three Passes and one Credit.
- Be aware that if you fail a unit it is included in your GPA calculation and means you will need to achieve higher grades to obtain admission to the degree.
- For this reason, we recommend students consider their study load and academic skills before attempting a subject.
- For more information on GPA requirements, please refer to the UNE website.
For students who have not studied before
- If you’ve not studied previously, or have been out of study for a while, in your first year we recommend you don’t attempt more than one UNE Law unit per trimester, and consider completing an introductory study subject like APC100, COM10, COM15 and SSK10.
- If you are successful in gaining admission to the Bachelor of Laws (4 years) either of these units could count towards the Elective component of the degree.
English Proficiency Requirements
LLB (3 and 4 Year) and Postgraduate Courses in Law
(9)At least one of the following criteria must be met:
- English is the applicant's first language; or
- Satisfactory completion, no more than five years prior to the date of application for admission to UNE, of at least one year of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in a country in which English is the primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed, resulting in an AQF award or an award recognised by NOOSR; or
- An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 7.0, with a minimum sub-band of 7.0 for writing and no other sub-band less than 6.5, or TOEFL IBT score of 91 with no less than 26 in writing and no less than 23 in listening, speaking and reading.
- Satisfactory completion of the Advanced English for Academic Purposes program (EAP Level 5) at the University of New England English Language Centre.
Students admitted to the degree with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this degree may be eligible for advanced standing. For more information about Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning, please visit:
The University of New England offers a flexible approach to the study of law. UNE boasts one of Australia's largest law schools outside a capital city, as well as being an early adopter of innovative technology in the delivery of its law programs. The Bachelor of Laws (4 year) is designed for people who are new to university study or to the study of law, including school leavers or people who want to change careers or get a qualification.
The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board of NSW for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW and mutual recognition legislation extends admission to other Australian jurisdictions. After completion of academic qualifications in law, there is a range of employment options from which to choose. Graduates who wish to be admitted to practice as a solicitor, barrister or legal practitioner anywhere in Australia will also have to undertake a course of professional legal training (PLT). This can consist of approximately half a year's full‐time training undertaken internally or externally, or of equivalent part‐time training. In some jurisdictions, it may be possible to do articles of clerkship instead. Because the system adopted varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, enquiries should be made to the admission authority in the state or territory in which you intend to practice; this is usually a committee of the Supreme Court of that State or Territory or a special body set up to administer admissions to the legal profession. Additional information can be found on the School of Law page.
Please note: students will only be admitted to the full LLB degree upon successful completion of the first four open subjects (LAW100, LAW101, LAW161 and LAW171) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.2.
The Bachelor of Laws aims to graduate students who can demonstrate:
- understanding and knowledge of Australian law and awareness of indigenous, international and theoretical perspectives;
- competence in using legal research and analytical skills that equip them to work in the legal profession or in a broad range of law related occupations;
- the ability to take a strategic approach to problem-solving by applying critical and innovative thinking to complex legal issues and situations;
- competence in oral and written communication;
- the ability to work independently and in groups; and
- professional judgment and knowledge of the ethical responsibilities associated with having completed a law degree.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students must complete the four Open Access subjects LAW100, LAW101, LAW161 and LAW171 and achieve a minimum GPA of 4.2 to gain admission to the course.
- Most law units will require students to spend at least 15 hours of study per unit per week. That includes time spent online in the Learning Management System (LMS), doing private study and working on assignments. The amount of time needed will vary depending on your existing study skills.
- Law units are particularly time-heavy because of the amount of reading that’s required and the type of reading. Reading cases and other types of legal texts will be unfamiliar at first.
- Learning law involves learning new skills, and UNE’s law teachers will help with that, but it does take a commitment of time on your part.
- You need to consider carefully your existing time commitments before enrolling in multiple units.
To qualify for the award, a candidate must pass subjects to the value of 192 credit points (32 subjects) with not more than 60 credit points (10 subjects) at 100-level as prescribed below:
- 18 Core subjects
- 6 Listed subjects; and
- 8 electives not from the school of law
The Bachelor of Laws follows a strict course plan from the commencing trimester. The four Open Access subjects LAW100, LAW101, LAW161 and LAW171 must be completed and a minimum GPA of 4.2 achieved to gain admission to the course.
Candidates who discontinue their studies in the Bachelor of Laws may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Legal Studies on completion of 8 law subjects (48 credit points) or the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies on completion of 12 law subjects (72 credit points).
Choose your subjects
Elective subjects can be selected from any offered by the OUA, other than by the School of Law, subject to candidates meeting overall course requirements and prerequisite and timetabling requirements for individual subjects.