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Introduction to Law

Are you passionate about justice and people? A law degree can lead to a range of legal careers, both inside and outside the courtroom.

With your recognised lawyer qualifications you could become a private consultant with a major conglomerate or help not-for-profits navigate confusing legislation. You could even advise government agencies or support small businesses with their hiring practices. A better world starts with a lawful society and you’re one step closer to being part of the bigger picture.

Discover your next steps here at Open Universities Australia, where you can enrol in online courses delivered by leading universities.

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Online law subjects and short courses

University of New England

UndergraduateUNE-LSU100

Introduction to Legal Studies

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024, 21 Oct 2024

Griffith University

UndergraduateGRF-CCJ103

Law, Crime and Justice

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

University of Tasmania

UndergraduateTAS-LAW182

Indigenous Peoples and the Law

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

University of South Australia

UndergraduateUSA-HLTH2030

Health Law, Ethics and Policy

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

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Online law degrees

University of New England

UndergraduateUNE-LLB-DEG

Bachelor of Laws (4 Years)

A quality law degree for anybody and everybody

If you’re passionate about the legal system, or looking for a start to your legal career, this law degree is open to everyone—no matter your background or school marks. Understand Australian law, conduct legal research, and communicate with persuasion.

100% online

4 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Griffith University

Take a step towards becoming a migration specialist

Take a step towards becoming a registered Migration Agent in Australia. This program is open both to lawyers and to those without a legal background. Applicants intending to register should also ensure they meet OMARA requirements for registration. 

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

University of Southern Queensland

UndergraduateUSQ-BLH-DEG

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

Charles Sturt University

UndergraduateCSU-LAW-DEG

Bachelor of Laws

A fully-registered foundation qualification in law

Take your first steps towards a future in law. Get an introduction to the Australian legal system before specialising in subjects that interest you. Upon completion of further study, you may become a lawyer in Australia. 

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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Discover 87 ways to study law with leading Australian universities.

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What you'll learn in a law course

In an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you’ll learn how to understand and detangle the complexities of Australia’s legal system.

You’ll explore the court process and how to make persuasive legal arguments, how to read and write legal documents, and how to tackle the ethical issues you may face in your role as a legal professional. You’ll also learn valuable soft skills in analytical thinking and writing, negotiation, interviewing and presentations, which, when combined with your legal acumen, will make you an asset in many industries.

As part of your studies, you’ll explore different aspects of law including:

  • criminal law
  • taxation law
  • family law
  • property law
  • administrative law
  • international law.

Those who already have a degree in another discipline can choose to enrol in a Juris Doctor, which covers the same material at a higher postgraduate skill level. If you already have a law degree and you’d like to specialise in one aspect of law, you can do so through a relevant masters degree.

To practice law in Australia, university graduates are required to complete additional Practical Legal Training (PLT) under the supervision of a law firm, or through an approved PLT course like a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. You can do this through the Leo Cussen Centre for Law or The College of Law.

Why should you study law?

If you like to help others navigate tough situations, then life as a legal eagle may be the right path for you. With a focus on communication and research, a law degree in Australia will teach you how to speak with confidence, read efficiently, write commandingly and find pertinent facts under piles of precedent, preparing you for a career in law, in addition to fields like politics, journalism and human resources.

For those who find their calling in law, you’ll be met with slightly higher employment outcomes than other graduates. The Australian Graduate Survey found that 75% of law graduates were employed full time when the survey was done, 3% higher than the national average.

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