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Start date
February
August

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 34,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • 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
102763H

Degree overview

  • Receive one year's worth of credit from your previous studies and complete this degree in three years full-time (or part-time equivalent).
  • This degree is designed for those who previously hold a recognised bachelor's degree (with a competitive GPA). 
  • Study the Law degree ranked in the top 100 in the world and No.1 in South Australia1.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Law2.
  • 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 and learn what it’s like to act as an advocate and present before a judge.
  • Get involved with our student-run Legal Advice Clinic and provide advice to clients under the supervision of a managing solicitor.
  • Gain a competitive edge by pairing law with another UniSA discipline and graduate with two degrees.
  • Join our active UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) - benefit from a like-minded community and participate in a variety of social and networking events.

12020 THE Subject Rankings.   22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Snapshot

Prepare for a dynamic career in law with our professional law honours degree which you can complete in three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) using credit from your previous studies.

From your very first weeks as a student, 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 international study tours as well as local and national internships and clerkships.

In your final year, you can 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 practice law, you should also familiarise yourself with the requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

This degree is designed for those who previously hold a recognised bachelor's degree (with a competitive GPA). If you do not hold a prior qualification, find out more about our Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

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 health 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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Students in this program receive 36 units of credit reducing the program duration to three years.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Legislation LAWS 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Law Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Torts B LAWS 1015 4.5
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Contracts B LAWS 1009 4.5
Land Law LAWS 2038 4.5
Corporations Law A LAWS 3080 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Contemporary Property Law LAWS 2018 4.5
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Corporations Law B LAWS 3081 4.5 Note(s): 1
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Environment and Natural Resources Law LAWS 2037 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation LAWS 4016 9 Note(s): 1
During the final year students must complete one 9 unit capstone course.
Law Reform Clinic LAWS 4017 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Legal Advice Clinic LAWS 4018 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Law Professional Placement LAWS 4021 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
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

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. In addition, you will need to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). As a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate approximately 12 hours per week for classes 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 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

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry)

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 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 Legal Advice Clinic you’ll gain valuable experience, solving the legal problems of clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

This degree is designed for those who previously hold a recognised bachelor's degree (with a competitive GPA). If you do not hold a prior qualification, find out more about our Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

More ways to study

Our study options and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from two study intakes, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as accelerated learning pathways.

You can also join our active student community with the UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) – an independent body that provides educational and vocational support, and hosts a variety of social and networking events.

12020 THE Subject Rankings.   22018 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.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Our quality teaching, focus on developing your practical skills and opportunities to connect with industry beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

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

  • Arbitrator/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
  • Human rights advocate: becoming a champion for social justice; defending the right for equal treatment of all people; helping develop training initiatives to educate particular audiences
  • In-house counsel: working closely with the chief executive of a business to understand strategic business issues, manage risk and offer tangible solutions; offering legal advice to business units
  • 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
  • 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
  • Paralegal: supporting legal practitioners with research on legal and regulatory requirements; trial prep; drafting of contracts and written reports; concentrating on a particular area of law such as personal injury, immigration or intellectual property
  • Parliamentary draftsperson: working with government bodies; drafting precise legal instruments; outlining proposed bills and regulations that will pass into new legislation
  • Policy/Ministerial 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
  • 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

Admission to practice

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

Industry facts

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Careers as legal professionals in Australia are predicted to grow 15.9% by 2024.

Australian Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Projections, 2019 Occupational Projections.

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Opportunities for legal professionals are becoming more diverse, with a 61% increase in the number of lawyers working in corporate and government sectors.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

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The legal profession in Australia is growing, with practising solicitors increasing by 33% over the past seven years.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

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.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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 are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots 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, a 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.

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 program director

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 my colleagues – one of these focuses on how online courts can improve access to justice, and the other involves writing a legal ethics problems handbook for use by students and teachers in legal ethics courses.

Ms Jane Knowler

Program Director

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What others are saying

Employers often tell us that UniSA law graduates show strength in taking initiative with a ‘can do’ attitude, and are prepared for the  challenges of the legal profession – this is testament to our teaching ethos and culture of engagement. Our industry connections allow students to hear from experts about how the law is applied, which adds an invaluable element to their learning.

Dr Michelle Fernando


Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA

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Dr Michelle Fernando


<br />Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA