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Start date
February
September

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
089090B

Degree overview

  • Study the No.1 ranked Law degree in South Australia1.
  • Ranked in the top 100 in the world for Law1
  • Graduate with a professional law honours degree and an advanced understanding of key legal principles, processes and methods.
  • Develop strong skills in analysis, reasoning, advocacy, negotiation and communication to resolve complex legal problems.
  • Undertake a professional placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.
  • Experience our on-campus moot court from your first year.
  • Get involved with our student-run Legal Advice Clinic and provide advice to real clients under the supervision of a managing solicitor.
  • Gain a competitive edge by pairing law with another UniSA discipline and graduate with two degrees.
  • Learn from researchers who are recognised as performing above world standard in Law2.

12018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Snapshot

Prepare for a dynamic career in law with our professional law honours degree.

From your very first weeks as a student you'll do practical law courses and see what it's like to argue a case and provide legal advice. You’ll gain valuable skills that you can apply in reasoning, reporting, analysis, negotiation, communication and advocacy to resolve complex legal problems.

You will be involved in mock-trials in our Moot Court, learning what it’s like to act as an advocate and present before a judge. You will also be guided to reach your potential and become career ready, with opportunities for overseas placements as well as local and national internships and clerkships.

In your final year, you will also choose from an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research to complete the honours component of your degree.

If you wish to practise law, you should also familiarise yourself with the requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in South Australia. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

During this degree you will study courses that teach you the fundamental legal principles and concepts that underpin the Australian legal system.

Courses such as torts, contracts, criminal law and constitutional law will give you a good understanding of the basic legal principles.

Through your choice of electives you can expand your knowledge in an area of professional interest such as environmental law, sports law, family law and human rights law.

Through practical learning experiences including mooting, negotiation, witness examination and the opportunity to undertake placement in a professional setting, you will be prepared for legal practice upon graduation.

You'll also be able to choose from an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays and research papers
  • problem solving assignments and in-class tests
  • examinations
  • various law moots
  • group projects and assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Research

Our research in the area of law is recognised as above world-class1. We are committed to research that changes the profession. Our law researchers make an impact on the content, practice, administration and development of the law and legal education.

UniSA’s high-quality research shapes the thinking of society, government and the legal profession. Our specialists have extensive industry connections and experience, they examine future and emerging legal challenges and topical issues. Research concentrations at UniSA are:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law: researching corporate governance, competition and consumer law, and Chinese commercial law
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law: exploring water law, climate change and environmental regulation, and the conservation of scarce resources
  • Criminal Law and Sentencing: investigating societal issues including juries and sentencing, policing and security, digital identity and cybercrime
  • Public Law and Human Rights: leading the way in research into Indigenous law, constitutional law, judicial power, children’s rights in family law proceedings, and the rights of older people

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Legislation LAWS 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Contracts B LAWS 1009 4.5
Land Law LAWS 2038 4.5
Torts B LAWS 1015 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
Corporations Law A LAWS 3080 4.5
Non Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Environment and Natural Resources Law LAWS 2037 4.5
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Corporations Law B LAWS 3081 4.5 Note(s): 1
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Non Law Elective or Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5
Contemporary Property Law LAWS 2018 4.5
Non Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
Non Law Elective or Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5 Note(s): 1
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation LAWS 4016 9 Note(s): 1
During the final year students must complete 18 units from the capstone courses as listed below
Law Reform Clinic LAWS 4017 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Legal Advice Clinic LAWS 4018 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,3
Law Professional Placement LAWS 4021 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,3
Research Project A LAWS 4019 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Research Project B LAWS 4020 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1

Why Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Why this Degree

With our Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia1, in the top 100 in the world1, and our research in the area of law recognised as above world-class2, you will be learning from experts. Learn from those at the forefront of the legal profession with our teaching staff committed to developing not only your knowledge, but your confidence.

Our innovative combination of smaller class sizes, practice-based learning and courtroom-like facilities deliver a learning experience that takes you beyond the theory of law.

You will graduate with professional honours and an advanced understanding of legal principles and methods including the opportunity to experience an industry or clinic placement, undertake a law reform project or conduct high level research in your final year. In our on-campus Legal Advice Clinic you’ll gain valuable experience, solving the legal problems of real clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

Double degrees

We offer more than 100 degree combinations with law so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. In addition to our law double degrees, you could pair the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with any other UniSA discipline and tailor your qualification to your career interests. For information about the application process, submit an enquiry.

12018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.   22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

Become a global citizen with our overseas exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year. We collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide to bring you placement, project, research and work opportunities. You can also choose to incorporate local or national internships and clerkships into your degree.

Our Business Career Mentor Program also pairs you with an experienced legal professional, helping you to build your network and career. The six-month program runs from March every year.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Employment for legal professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 17.8 per cent between now and November 20201.

You will graduate with a desired skillset for a diverse range of careers including:

  • Solicitor: commercial solicitor: focusing on business-specific legal practice such as: corporate, contract, competition, communications, commercial property, finance, employment, intellectual property, transport, sports and media law
    personal solicitor: focusing on areas such as personal injury, family and tort law, criminal litigation, succession and inheritance, residential property, taxation and trusts
  • Law clerk: performing clerical work for courts and legal practices such as organising jury and witness lists, maintaining order in courts, executing court orders, processing court documents, documenting court proceedings
  • Judge’s associate: working closely with a judge in and out of court; conducting legal research; liaising with court staff, the legal profession, government departments, the press and the public; ensuring the effective and efficient conduct of the judge’s court
  • Mediator: facilitating negotiation and settlement between disputing parties by providing direction and encouragement; working collaboratively with the parties and finding creative ways to reach a mutual solution
  • Policy adviser: analysing policies and their effects to provide advice and guidance to governments and organisations; offering strategic policy and planning advice on programs and operations; reviewing, developing, and implementing policies and strategies

Admission to practice

If you wish to seek admission to practise law in South Australia you must satisfy a number of specified course requirements in your degree, followed by the completion of Practical Legal Training.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation and recognition

The Law degree is accredited by the Bar Council of India. Indian students studying in Australia can have their Law Degree recognised for the purposes of a legal career in their home country. Students who wish to be admitted in India are advised to consult with the Bar Council about what bridging courses they may need to complete.

What others are saying

I made the most of my law degree by undertaking internships, editing UniSA’s Student Law Review, and carrying out research for several barristers. My advice is to take these opportunities as the skills I have developed will hold me in good stead as I enter my clerkship with Minter Ellison.

Travis Sheuard, Law Clerk, Minter Ellison SA/NT

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Travis Sheuard, Law Clerk, Minter Ellison SA/NT

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

I teach and research in private law – primarily Equity, Trusts, Property and Contract Law. I have recently taken on a new course which considers Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession. I am also engaged in several research projects with colleagues from UniSA; one which is looking at online courts to improve access to justice, and another where we are writing a Legal Ethics Problems handbook for use by students and teachers.

Ms Jane Knowler

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree. An alternative entry option is available through the Foundation Studies program with UniSA College or Diploma of Business subject to Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements. You could also consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree. You could consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

Deferment

This degree is not available for deferment.

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