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Degree structure

Degree details

Upon completion of this course, LLB students will be able to:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. demonstrate an awareness of global legal, political, and social perspectives;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. 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
  9. demonstrate an ability to critically reflect upon and analyse the law's effect on society and, where appropriate, develop arguments for reform.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of NSW.

Career objectives

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

Students must complete at least 4 of the following Open Access subjects with a minimum GPA of 4.20:

  • 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

Higher education

Students admitted to the degree with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the
academic requirements of this degree may be eligible for academic credit.

The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions, in respect of degrees, to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

English Proficiency Requirements

A sound knowledge of English is essential.

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.

The Bachelor of Laws aims to graduate students who can demonstrate:

  1. understanding and knowledge of Australian law and awareness of indigenous, international and theoretical perspectives;
  2. 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;
  3. the ability to take a strategic approach to problem-solving by applying critical and innovative thinking to complex legal issues and situations;
  4. competence in oral and written communication;
  5. the ability to work independently and in groups; and
  6. professional judgment and knowledge of the ethical responsibilities associated with having completed a law degree.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are advised to complete the Open Access subjects before continuing with their remaining subjects. A detailed study pattern can be found here: https://my.une.edu.au/courses/2018/courses/BLAW01/program-of-study.html

Award Requirements

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

This program follows a strict course plan from the commencing trimester.

Exit Points

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the Bachelor of Laws may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Legal Studies on completion of 48 credit points of law subjects or the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies on completion of 72 credit points of law subjects.

Choose your subjects

Electives

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.

Students must contact UNE with their intent to graduate
Guide to graduation at UNE.